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Bella Abzug: How One Tough Broad from the Bronx Fought Jim Crow and Joe McCarthy, Pissed Off Jimmy Carter, Battled for the Rights of Women and ... Planet, and Shook Up Politics Along the Way Paperback – December 9, 2008

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“This is like being a fly on the wall for some of the most important moments in political history over the past fifty years. Being a part of this conversation makes you not just appreciate Bella's fierceness, but want to emulate it. ” ―MANIFESTA co-author and former Bella colleague, Amy Richards

“Bella was a radical, patriotic and passionate about transforming the system--with the courage to work from outside and the patience to work from inside. Like her life, this book radiates drama, humor, tactical brilliance-- and heart. Bella mattered. So does this book.” ―Jane Fonda

“The authors have captured one of the most principled, vibrant figures of the twentieth century in this equally unique oral history. It seems fitting that an inimitable and influential maverick such as Bella Abzug would find her life recounted in a book brave enough to include the voices of family, friends, and foes.” ―Ashley Judd

“Stumped about what to do in this messed up world? Just get to know Bella Abzug, one of the most important activists of the twentieth century. By gathering the reminiscences of people who lived their personal and political lives right along with her--and sometimes had the courage to break the rules alongside her too--the authors have created a memoir in many voices that captures the suspense, humor, and contradictions of this great woman. Read this book and then ask yourself, What would Bella do?” ―Gloria Steinem

“Bella Abzug didn't vet her opinions through consultants and polls. She wasn't a highly orchestrated pre-fab candidate sprung from a well-oiled multi-million dollar corporate machine. She was the real deal. Pro peace, pro worker, pro women. Angry, authentic, grassroots, alienating and alive. And, she actually got elected. This book is a call to all of us, but particularly those in government to run and lead through their own moral steam rather than blowing more hot air.” ―Eve Ensler

Bella Abzug is an important, inspiring piece of history. There's nothing we need more right now that this kind of cogent reminder of what it takes to make change in the halls of power--and what's at stake if we don't.” ―Lisa Jervis, co-founder Bitch magazine

About the Author

Suzanne Braun Levine and Mary Thom are both nationally recognized authorities on women's issues. Most recently, Levine is the author of Inventing the Rest of Lives and Thom is the author of Inside Ms.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; First Edition edition (December 9, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374531498
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374531492
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #865,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is my first Amazon review. I felt I had to write a review for this wonderful book. On one hand, this is an inspiring account of the passion and vigor that catalyzed the civil rights and feminist movements in this country (in stark contrast to much of the hollow rhetoric these days). On the other, it is an entertaining and poignant portrayal of an incredibly complicated character in American history. The form of the book, something of a round table discussion between Abzug and those who knew her, helps the reader to get a sort of 360 degree history with multiple views of single events. It is a finely wrought and powerful portrayal of Abzug and of the history of our country. I hope particularly that young women (and men) will read it and be inspired.
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This book had an interesting concept. Instead of a narrative outlining the subject's life, the author interwove interviews from people that knew the subject. Included were interviews from relatives, friends, enemies and the subject herself. Different timelines were given with interviews relevant to the time period and subject matter. It is worth a read particularly if you remember Bella Abzug.
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The content of this book captures the life of Bella Abzug well. The format is a bit unusual. It is more of a chronological organization without a clear thesis or principle of organization. It follows a narrative format with quotes from many people who knew her well at different stages of her life. If you read the whole thing, it gives a great picture of her life, but you have to draw your own conclusions about the lessons it contains.
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By Cat on March 14, 2014
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I do not recollect another time that I read a book so fast. I loved the chronology that preface each chapter - it puts context into American history and Bella. There are all sorts of women and men talking. Some I know of and others I don't. Highly educational. That Bella was a force in many laws that I have not known before. The credit belongs to Bella.
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