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“Doris Haddock is a true patriot, and our nation has been blessed by her remarkable life. Her story will entertain, inform, and inspire people of all ages for generations to come.” —Jimmy Carter

“I believe she represents all that is good in America. She has taken up this struggle to clean up American politics. . . . Granny D, you exceed any small, modest contributions those of us who have labored in the vineyards of reform have made to this earth. We are grateful for you.” —Senator John McCain

“A multilayered memoir, populist reform treatise, roadside nature field book, Whitmanesque treatment of America, and philosophical summation of a life well spent . . . a stunning portrait of the American soul.” —Library Journal

“A moving reminder of the power of the human will.” —Kirkus Reviews

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In February 2000, ninety-year-old Doris ?Granny D? Haddock became a national heroine when she completed her 3,200-mile, fourteen-month walk from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., to bring attention to the issue of campaign finance reform.

Granny D recalls and celebrates an exuberant life of love, ac-tivism, and adventure?from one-woman feminist plays in the thirties, to stopping nuclear testing near an Eskimo fishing village in 1963, to her current crusade. Threaded throughout is the spirit of her beloved hometown in New Hampshire?Thornton Wilder?s inspiration for Grover?s Corners in Our Town?a quintessentially American center of New England pluck, Yankee ingenuity, and can-do attitude.

Told in Doris?s vivid and unforgettable voice, Granny D will move and delight readers with its clarion message that one person can indeed make a difference.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Villard; Rep Sub edition (April 8, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812966910
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812966916
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,204,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Pieratee on August 19, 2003
I say bravo to Ms. Haddock and to her book! I believe this country needs more passionate input and action from its citizens with regards to our government and the political nightmare we have all help to create and Granny D - Delivers.
Ms. Haddock, as a Californian, may I suggest a sequel to your what I hope will become most successful book: Granny D2 - Raising a little more hell! This one could add "Recall Campaign Financing Reform" to the agenda!
Regarding the lone star reviewer: A Texan against campaign spending limits...what a surprise!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 30, 2003
I confess I too was prepared to find that Granny D was, shall we say, "eccentric"... but reading Doris's book I came to know and love her. She put her very life on the line for a cause she believed in, and through her tenacity, wit and courage brought it to the national consciousness. This book is basically her travel diary and memoir. She vividly describes the incredible diversity of people she met across the country, mostly ordinary working folks who shared her sense of disenfranchisement. She relates how devoting herself passionately to a worthy cause saved her life. Her amazing speeches, transcribed in the book, are real stem-winders -- hard to believe a retired shoe-factory worker wrote them. A great and inspiring read. See also the many reviews of the hardcover edition. "Fort Worth": you slung a lot of invective but didn't mention anything about the book; have you read it?
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 31, 2003
Granny D is a patriot. Since her amazing walk across the country promoting campaign finance reform at the ripe young age of 90, she has resisted retiring on memories of her amazing feat. She continues her work to reform our government, and is still actively working to return the rule of our government back into the hands of "We the People", from the moneyed hands of "we the corporations.
But read this book even if you disagree with the goals or politics of this woman. Read this book because the spirit of an authentic American citizen shines through and because she is a terrific writer.
And please, take with a rather large grain of salt, the comments of the previous writer; one can only wonder for which corporation he/she is a paid shill for.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 30, 2003
Even if you believe that money has no corrupting effects on politics (much less that it does so to the point that it may subordinate national health and security to the almighty corporate interest) then you should be able to appreciate the fact that an 89 year old woman decided to walk from coast to coast in protest of what she saw as a deterioration of the American system. When Margaret Mitchell was asked what Gone with the Wind was about, she replied that it was about Gumption. I've always thought that was a great adjective for the great American novel. While the rest of us may wring our hands (and write online reviews) when faced with adversity, some people decide they have to do something and do it. That is what makes this country the best in the world and Granny D represents that most American trait-- gumption.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Virginia Allain on October 10, 2006
To read about this amazing woman makes me realize that everyone can do more to make life in America better. When someone, who worked for years in a shoe factory, can spend 45 years of her life changing the things that are wrong. Here's a description from the Granny D website:

"In 2003 and 2004, she embarked on a 23,000 mile tour of the "swing states," encouraging women and the residents of poor neighborhoods to register to vote. She walked through housing projects considered too dangerous to visit by many, and registering voters all along her way.

In the spring of 1994, at the age of 94, when no Democrat would run against popular U.S Senator Judd Gregg in her home state of New Hampshire, she announced for the seat, with the idea that she would use the campaign to speak out against the Bush policies. Even through she was the official Democratic Party nominee for the seat, she refused all special interest PAC contributions, walking the neighborhoods of the state to talk to people directly. When the red state of New Hampshire turned blue in 2004 presidential vote by a mere 9,000 votes, her campaign was given a share of the credit."

This lady is 96 years old and still making a difference!!!
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By Richard Kownacki on February 28, 2011
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Before 89-year-old "Granny D" Haddock walked 3,200 miles across the United States to protest against the influence of big business on government, she spent several months getting in shape. She gradually built up her stamina by walking 10 miles a day carrying a 25-pound backpack and being able to "sleep on the hard ground in a sleeping bag without crying about it." She was also prepared to "thumb a ride," according to the advice of her 64-year-old son, who anticipated a time when she would "come to her senses and want to get home from the middle of nowhere." She summarizes her training experience: "Through all of 1998 I walked and walked, probably about eight hundred miles in all, wearing out one good pair of hiking shoes." Republican Senator John McCain later bought her a new pair of sneakers when she was running for U.S. Senate on the Democratic ticket. (Pun intended!) Who says the hawks and doves can't work together for a good cause?!

All us baby boomers need to look to the example of Granny D and other spunky eldsters to stay in shape as we get older. As I discovered myself, regular exercise leads to physical fitness and a better quality of life as we get older.

Richard Kownacki, Ph.D. Author of: Do Not Go Gentle: Successful Aging for Baby Boomers and All Generations
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