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Citizen Jane: The Turbulent Life of Jane Fonda Hardcover – April 1, 1990


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 389 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt & Co; 1st edition (April 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805009590
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805009590
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.2 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,052,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After a promising start--detailing Fonda's childhood and adolescence and her relationship with her famous father--this biography starts to come unraveled when discussing the actress's political awakening. The second half of the book veers off into a political tract in which Andersen seems intent on bringing to the reader's attention every intemperate remark and foolish deed committed by Fonda during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Furthermore, the author exhibits a lack of understanding of cultural and social movements of the period, which undercuts his case against Fonda. While Andersen does give Fonda her due as an actress and gives a balanced assessment of her professional life, his apparent bias toward her as a public person undermines the whole book. Such a controversial and significant figure deserves a more thoughtful treatment. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club featured alternates.
- Thomas Wiener, formerly with "American Film," Washington, D.C.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Forrest R. Lindsey on December 16, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book departs from some of the mythology that persists about Ms Fonda's career and her political activities. This book treats her rise as an actress and as an icon of American film properly but also focuses an unblinking eye on her betrayal of her country during the Vietnam War. There are more than enough records of her activities during the war that clearly prove her multiple trips to Hanoi for the enemy's support and comfort, involvement with propaganda broadcasts from enemy radio stations, support for enemy activities (including her infamous serenade for an NVA antiaircraft gun crew). She went well beyond "political activism" and all the way to treason with her energetic support for the communists. History will record that she was extremely lucky not to have faced a trial and serious prison time for her treasonous activities.

I am always curious how some of the other readers take this period of her life as "just political expression" or "youthful indiscretion". How would they have approached the subject of some other prominent personality that say, visited Berlin during WW II, made radio broadcasts with Axis Sally, taunted US Prisoners of War and then returned with Nazi propaganda points for the press?

Ms. Fonda is a talented actress - but the rest of her history is just as important to know and this book lays much of it out for everyone.
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11 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 17, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book does an excellent job in its political critique of Jane Fonda. Her hands are seriously bloody and there's no way around it. Read Snopes.com's account of her Vietnam activities because they are NOT a matter of debate. Just a matter of shame and Fonda's attempts to cover up.
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ike Amandju on March 14, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I love a good bio, especially one that tries to tackle a complex and controversial subject like Jane Fonda (a brilliant actress). Yet, I guess what I also want is something that examines her approach to acting and the making of some of her films, that kind of thing facinates me.
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3 of 10 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on August 28, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Read Jane Fonda's autobiograhy to learn about the Vietnam expierience, what really happened. Jane's version totally fills in the blanks, and is proven. This is one Urban myth that has been used to steer people away from reacting to their government's lies, and shift total blame to Jane Fonda's mistake, which is completely ridiculous.
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