About The Book

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“A journalist explores the motivations and emotional constructs of nine political wives who chose to stay in their marriages—in some cases, only for a while—after being confronted with their husbands’ infidelities .... Skillful prose makes the dishy profiles an engaging read .... A lively political book ...." Kirkus Reviews

Why They Stay is about the lives of politically married women who have stood by their men after sex scandals. It covers Eleanor Roosevelt, Jackie Kennedy, Hillary Clinton, Silda Wall Spitzer, Huma Abedin Weiner and several others. CLICK HERE TO ORDER A COPY

“Marriage is a mysterious thing and political unions are even more so. In the engrossing and important Why They Stay Anne Michaud peers into the heart of some of the most famously troubled political marriages of the past 100 years in an attempt to understand why accomplished women ranging from Hillary Clinton to Silda Spitzer put up with men many others would have quickly kicked to the curb. Her  answers will no doubt influence how we think about these scandals going forward -- not to mention the ones still to come.”

--Helaine Olen, author of Pound Foolish

“It’s a story we’ve heard often: Prominent politicians suddenly find themselves ensnared in humiliatingly public sex scandals, but their wives decide to stay with them. With a prodigious amount of research and deft storytelling skill, Anne Michaud goes beyond the headlines and explores the stories of both spouses, on both sides of the Atlantic, revealing the pain, the loyalty, and the calculations behind the wives’ decisions. Every political couple should read it.”

-- Bob Keeler, author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist

“Anne Michaud breathes life into headlines that I thought I knew so well with fresh details about well-known political spouses like Hillary Clinton, Silda Wall Spitzer and Huma Abedin. Her thorough reporting helps cast them into an entirely new light to show how their personal struggles reflect the internal struggles women have faced for centuries.”

-- Christine Haughney, former New York Times staff reporter

Meet The Women

Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor was a 33-year-old mother of five when she discovered a packet of love letters in a suitcase after her husband's trip to Europe on Presidential business. The couple stayed married for another 27 years, but her broken heart launched her on her own journey of political leadership.

Jackie Kennedy

Jackie and her husband, President John F. Kennedy, were raised in homes where the male privilege of outside sexual affairs was tacitly condoned. On balance, she found nurturing her children, her iconic role in American style and the promise of millions in a trust fund filled the void.

Valerie Hobson

Growing up with no permanent home, gutsy actress Valerie parlayed B-movie roles into stardom on the London stage. Her husband, British War Secretary Jack Profumo, was forced to resign after an affair with a call girl. His demise stunned British officialdom and toppled the ruling Conservative Party.


Marion Stein

Marion's Austrian family fled the Nazis to England, where she wed the Queen's cousin in what the press dubbed a fairy-tale match. The tale ended badly when her husband fell for another woman. Marion then married the charismatic head of the Liberal Party, who was later disgraced by a homosexual affair and attempted murder. 

Hillary Clinton

The Clintons are the archetypal political match of our time, and Hillary's decision to stay married launched the search for answers for "Why They Stay." Was it for power, for love? There's evidence that fidelity matters less to Hillary than her husband's other signature qualities.


Silda Wall

Harvard-educated legal dynamo Silda stayed with her humiliated husband, Eliot Spitzer, as he resigned New York's governorship over a hooker scandal. She begged him not to quit. They remained married for six more years, as she tried to help him resurrect his political career.


Wendy Vitter

A no-nonsense county prosecutor with a steely command before juries, Wendy has demonstrated the same strong will as a political wife. She and husband David gave a single press conference about his relationship with the "D.C. Madam," and he has remained politically viable.


Huma Abedin

For nearly a decade as Hillary Clinton's increasingly trusted aide, Huma put off Anthony Weiner's advances. After they married, he was forced to resign his congressional seat over a sexting scandal, and then blew his chance to run for NYC mayor by sexting again.

Gila Katsav

She was the quiet woman, the "butterfly," behind her husband, Moshe. She raised their 5 children in a conservative Israeli tradition, while he rose as a dark-horse candidate to become Israel's president. Her loyalty to him didn't waiver as she appealed his 7-year prison sentence for raping his former subordinates.