Type: Public event

"Betty Ford: First Lady, Women's Advocate, Survivor, Trailblazer"

Homecoming 2018

Date & time

Oct 5, 2018, 2:00-4:00 pm EDT


Weill Hall, #1110 Betty Ford Classroom
735 S. Street Ann Arbor, MI 48109

All are invited to a very special opportunity to meet and hear from Lisa McCubbin, the author of an acclaimed new biography of Mrs. Betty Ford, in conversation with Michael Ford, son of President Ford and Mrs. Ford. The book, titled Betty Ford: First Lady, Women's Advocate, Survivor, Trailblazer, will be published in September 2018 by Gallery Books.

A light reception will follow the talk. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Student-led building tours of Weill Hall will follow the book talk.

2-3 p.m.     book talk
3-4 p.m.     book sales and signing, student-led building tours, and light reception

About the author

Lisa McCubbin is an award-winning journalist and the author of four New York Times bestselling books. Coming September 2018, is BETTY FORD: First Lady, Women’s Advocate, Survivor, Trailblazer, the landmark biography of one of the most admired and influential women of our time.

A graduate of Babson College in Wellesley, MA, Ms. McCubbin has been a television news anchor and reporter, hosted her own radio talk show, and spent six years in the Middle East as a freelance journalist in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and Doha, Qatar.

In 2009, Gerald Blaine—a longtime family friend—asked if she would help him write a book about his time in the Secret Service. Their collaboration, The Kennedy Detail: JFK’s Secret Service Agents Break Their Silence (2010) became a New York Times bestseller and was the basis for the Emmy-nominated Discovery channel documentary, The Kennedy Detail.


From the publisher

Betty Ford: First Lady, Women’s Advocate, Survivor, Trailblazer is the inspiring story of an ordinary Midwestern girl thrust onto the world stage and into the White House under extraordinary circumstances. Setting a precedent as First Lady, Betty Ford refused to be silenced by her critics as she publicly championed equal rights for women and spoke out about issues that had previously been taboo—breast cancer, depression, abortion, and sexuality. Privately, there were signs something was wrong. After a painful intervention by her family, she publicly admitted to an addiction to alcohol and prescription drugs. Her courageous decision sparked a national dialogue, and in 1982, she co-founded the Betty Ford Center, which revolutionized treatment for addiction and inspired the modern concept of recovery.