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Peace Mom: A Mother's Journey through Heartache to Activism Hardcover – September 19, 2006
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I believe what Cindy wrote came from her heart. I believe that whether you agree with her viewpoints or not, there is so much value in her courage to expose the rawness of the human condition. If you believe in the military and the U.S. and its government, then let's rejoice in Cindy for asserting her first ammendment rights as she so bravely has done. And she did it at the risk of receiving death threats and further trauma to her family from those who cannot peacefully oppose her views but want to do so violently. Violence will never solve this world's or this country's problems. Has it ever? The definition of insanity is to continue to do what you've always done and expect a different result.
Life is a progression of experiences and our wisdom comes at various milestones of it. I can easily see how some people would be enraged by what Cindy discusses. Some people cannot relate and therefore, will judge her harshly. And for some, they need to believe death this way is for an honorable cause because denial is a coping mechanism that keeps the human mind from going insane.
Ask yourself this question: If the president wanted to send my son to Iraq or Afghanistan, would I be grateful to have such an honorable mission bestowed upon my son?Read more ›
She wrote in the Foreword to this 2006 book, "This book is the heartbreaking story of how my son Casey inspired me to give my dash meaning and to make him as proud of my life as I always was of his... This is a book of one mom's journey from trusting her leaders even when they so brazenly take our country to bogus war, to one of pacifism and nonviolence at all costs."
She admits that "I put him and our other children in Catholic schools because our public schools in Norwalk were so terrible... I am sure that there are many good Catholic schools out there, but my kids went to ones that were run like little fascist regimes. I have since left the misogynistic and superstitious church, and I have come to feel distrustful of most organized religion." (Pg. 13)
She argues, "I realize that many people who disagree with the Iraq war and have disagreed with it from the start think that the invasion of Afghanistan was justified. I never believed that. Even if we did believe that Osama was hiding there, it did not give the United States and coalition forces the right to invade an innocent country that had nothing to do with the horror of 9/11." (Pg. 20) She adds later, "Heroes are not created on battlefields. They are created in homes... by loving families who want only the best for their children. Victims and martyrs are created by the war machine that only wants our heroes for profit.Read more ›
The chapter describing when she learned of her son's death was extremely poignant, but her pain was overshadowed by her anger toward the Bush administration. Her brash writing will obviously draw harsh criticism from the right and won't turn any hearts of those who are pro-Bush because of the offensive language she used to describe them. Also, I doubt this book will make any moderates still on the fence about Iraq (if any still exist) decide to become anti-war since she comes off as a bit manipulative and self-centered. This fact alone makes me wonder how many more people she would truly be able to reach and affect if she employed a bit more grace and tact.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Yes I wasted a night to read this hateful screed. That night would have been better spent giving myself paper cuts on my eyelids. Read morePublished on February 26, 2010 by B. Legrand Baker
If someone who calls herself a "pitbull with lipstick" thinks she has what it takes to be VP as she sends her son off to war in a "just cause" condemned by two Popes now, let's... Read morePublished on September 30, 2008 by Love Thy.Enemy
Cindy Sheehan's story is emotional and brings to vivid realization the affects of war unlike a third party report can. Read morePublished on September 9, 2008 by KM
Cindy is a hero. She stood up to the most corrupt president in U.S. history.
I keep a copy of her book next to my copy of the Bill of Rights. Read more
I love Mrs Sheehan's book. She is very thoughtful and intelligent. She has done a good job of teaching herself about the realities of U.S. and world politics. Read morePublished on August 1, 2007 by Sean Mulligan
Those who rated this book less than 3 stars are obviously blind to the glaring holes of this so-called War on Terror.Published on May 26, 2007 by Yokona Manalawalei
she should be ashamed of herself, for tarnishing the memory of her brave son, who died when he VOLUNTEERED to go on a rescue mission in Iraq that he didn't have to go on! Read morePublished on April 29, 2007 by Gary D. Greene
Couldn't put it down. Enjoyed it very much and learned from it.Published on April 11, 2007 by Amy Foster