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Intimate Wars: The Life and Times of the Woman Who Brought Abortion from the Back Alley to the Board Room Paperback – January 10, 2012
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"From her decision to adopt a child to her love affairs, this is the story of one woman's quest to live fully. Opinionated, fierce, bold and brash, Intimate Wars chronicles Hoffman's efforts to improve women's lives and influence history. She deserves our gratitude." Truthout
"Merle Hoffman's gorgeous memoir vibrates with raw power and nerve. Her tremendous empathy for the women whose lives she has touched, and her unfailing courage in defending our right to abortion, are both inspiring and humbling." Jennifer Baumgardner, author of Manifesta
"At last, we have Merle Hoffman's bold and courageous memoir of living on the front lines of the abortion wars. Merle never turned away from the harshest battles or denied the most painful truths." Blanche Wiesen Cook, author of Eleanor Roosevelt
"Merle Hoffman has blazed a freedom trail while saving countless women's lives along the way" Bill Baird, founder of the Pro-Choice League
"Intimate Wars is a fascinating personal narrative told from the epicenter of abortion politics and service delivery. Hoffman illustrates her unwavering commitment to the heart of the issue: the power of every woman to make her own childbearing decisions." Gloria Feldt, author of No Excuses and former president of Planned Parenthood
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Reading this book is just another reminder that feminism's work isn't done.Women's rights are constantly under attack, especially this year. There are many people out there who'd rather see women die from an unsafe abortion than see women go through with a safe legal abortion. That is horrifying and frightening. Like Merle says in her book, these "pro-lifers" give the fetus more rights than a woman, who is overlooked and put to shame.
There were times in the book where reality was just too surreal-the deaths of physicians who performed abortions, the closing of clinics by fanatical pro-lifers. Yet this is real life. This book was personal to me as a feminist. I loved that Merle distinguished the ignorance of race in the discussion of other feminists and included it in her practice and work. Merle knows that discrimination against these minorities exist, especially when it comes to government and healthcare. It was really awesome how she covered gay and lesbian issues in her magazine On The Issues, where she even covered animal rights.
It was also upsetting for me to read how so many people tried to bring her down. It's not surprising she met so much adversity and opposition, of course. In the end, though, it just made her a stronger fighter.
I highly recommend this book for fellow feminists and anyone interested in women's rights and human rights. Because women's rights ARE human rights.
If you're interested in the subject, there are several other good ones: This Common Secret by Susan Wicklund on the life of an abortion provider and The Worst of Times by Patricia G. Miller on the era of "back alley abortions".
Hoffman gives the reader a front-row seat at feminism's coming-out party in the late twentieth century. But one doesn't need to be a "feminist" to appreciate the story, laced with obstacles, disappointments, and triumph, all of which sing from the page. Hoffman provides a riveting political and historical lesson, while simultaneously revealing her personal transformation from a head-strong dreamer to a mother-figure with earned wisdom.
In many ways, Hoffman's story is a primer for a life well lived, and shows all of us the art of the possible. A must read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I got this book as a gift. I didn't even read it; I read the preview on Amazon and sent it back. What a repulsive woman. Read morePublished on March 21, 2014 by Amazon Customer
It's a woman's choice when the male sexual partner did not consent to have sex for the purpose of having a baby and starting a family with the female sexual partner. Read morePublished on August 11, 2012 by Stephen Campbell
This book is wonderful and should be read by anyone and everyone! It is written brilliantly and once you get swept into her life, it's impossible to put down! Read morePublished on February 3, 2012 by Jessica
In a brilliant 1950 film, "All About Eve," a character played by Celeste Holm turns to her companions and expecting a turbulent and possibly confrontational evening says, "Fasten... Read morePublished on January 30, 2012 by Stanley L Rustin Ph.D.
Merle Hoffman's book about her odyssey through life, love, death, betrayal and self-realization is an account arrestingly told. Read morePublished on January 17, 2012 by F Ferrer
I can't recommend this book enough! Merle Hoffman is not just a brave warrior for women's reproductive freedom but a fantastic writer. Read morePublished on January 9, 2012 by gabrielle
"The book provided me with an opportunity to see what it is like on the front lines of the battle for women's reproductive rights. Read morePublished on January 3, 2012 by Esther Santiago