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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Adult; First Edition edition (March 27, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525949461
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525949466
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.7 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,617,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Michael Schiavo’s epic battle, first to heal his wife, and then to allow her to die with dignity, was front-page news around the world. To care for Terri, Michael became an EMT, then a registered respiratory therapist, and finally, a registered nurse. Michael has founded to mobilize voters against candidates who have no qualms about interfering in what should be personal, family decisions. TerriPac will also work to encourage everyone over the age of seventeen to have a living will. Michael lives with his wife Jodi, and their two children, Olivia and Nicholas, in Clearwater, Florida.

Michael Hirsh is a Peabody Award-winning documentarian and the author of four nonfiction books, including None Braver: U.S. Air Force Pararescuemen in the War on Terrorism.

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Michael Schiavo's book was published in 2006.
He talked many many times about their teasing her when younger and "insinuated" that it was due to them that Terri was "bulemic".
It is selfish to let a person like Terri live on just so a family member can come look at them once in a while.
P. D. Hoffman

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21 of 29 people found the following review helpful By D. Roth on October 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I was reading Faith and Politics by John Danforth, which had a chapter on the Terri Shiavo case, and just happened to run across this book a few days later. I decided to pick it up to learn more about the story.

It was a real eye-opener to learn about the history of this case. The headlines in 2005 gave the public no idea at all of years of medical and legal investigation into this matter before it became national headlines. I look forward to reading the Schindler book to get their perspective on it, though Michael's account is pretty compelling and it will be hard for me not to approach that book without bias.

The book is well written and a quick read. I highly recommend it for anyone interested in know more about the Shiavo case and the corrupt political process that resulted in it becoming a national issue.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven H Propp TOP 100 REVIEWER on May 2, 2014
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He wrote in the Preface to this 2006 book, “This is a story I never wanted to tell. I’m a very private person… The story you’re about to read begins in my twenty-first year and goes through my forty-second It starts when I was … someone who was about to fall in love for the first time with one woman, and ends with my public, legal, and religious proclamation of love and fidelity to another woman, to the mother of our two children, Jodi Centonze… This book had been written with the presumption that you know the headlines of the tragedy of Terri Schiavo, who lived for fifteen years in a persistent vegetative state… In these pages, you’ll learn new things about WHAT happened, and many more details about WHY. By now you know that one of the most thorough autopsies ever performed in the state of Florida… put the lie to the constant din of the Schindler family and their faith-based, moralist supporters claiming that Terri had cognition… The autopsy report… proved… She would have never gotten better; not even a little bit. She had no cognition. She could not hear. She could not see. She could not feel pain. There was no doubt whatsoever.” (Pg. xi-xii)

He states, “My family is Lutheran, but not especially religious. Terri was Catholic, and there was no question that Terri and I would be married in a Catholic church, although don’t jump to the conclusion that her family were practicing Catholics… they attended Mass on Easter and Christmas; that’s it. As for me not being Catholic and getting married in the church---it wasn’t a problem as long as … we agreed to raise our children Catholic. Once the whole Schindler-Schiavo dispute turned into a war, all sorts of distortions began to fly around. One of them was that the Schindlers were devoutly Catholic… my sister-in-law Joan knew Terri best.
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As I was researching the Schiavo case, I did not have high expectations for this book. As expected, it comes from an author who is still angry and frustrated in response to his experiences during many years that were extremely difficult for him. However, I found the book to provide a useful background, particularly regarding the legal proceedings that transpired. It contains a significant amount of verifiable information that did not emerge in my initial reading and internet searches
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29 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth A. Root on July 24, 2006
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I found this a very convincing and well-done book. Although Schiavo is telling the book in the first person, he has kept it well focused on the issue of Terri Schiavo's case. I was somewhat surprised, for example, that he didn't tell us more about his studies and efforts to enter medical fields, but on the whole, I think that's best. The book is written almost as if Schiavo is talking directly to the reader. It is extremely clear; he often notes if he thinks the succeeding section is particularly important, or ask the reader to remember a point that he will come back to, without talking down.

I still plan to read other books on the case, but honestly, I will be surprised if they change my mind. The book is extremely well-documented, with quotes from depositions, affidavits, and trial transcripts to back up his claims.

Michael Schiavo occasionally gets a bit venomous and sarcastic, but I can only sympathize after vicious slander and libel that he has endured, not to mention the disgraceful political circus.

I often wondered during the case why Michael Schiavo wouldn't turn care of his wife over to her parents. I say this not because I think it would have kept her alive, but because I think she was effectively dead already. I never criticized him for it, never having been in such an emotionally fraught situation. After reading this, I feel that I understand and sympathize with his reasons.

There are a few things I might have done differently if I had been dealing with the situation, but this doesn't convince me that Michael Schiavo was dishonest or ill-intended. The Schindlers certainly got more than their fair share of days in court, publicity, and government oversight.
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7 of 12 people found the following review helpful By albarino on April 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
How soon we forget! I found Terri: The Truth at a library sale in 2010 and picked it up, as my only recollection of Michael and Terri Schiavo's 15-year ordeal were my fading memories of the sensational media coverage and right wing political stunts/disruptions in the early years of this past decade. Copies of Terri: The Truth are still available as readers prune their libraries of more topical books. I recommend that all who treasure their responsibility to loved ones regarding end of life issues obtain a copy of Terri: The Truth.

For myself, I'm glad I finally read this first-hand account and urge readers who care about right-to-die issues, related medical knowledge, the applicable law, right wing fanaticism, and the intrusion of governmental forces into personal decisions to re-acquaint themselves with this excruciating landmark legal case, legally resolved in 2005. Michael Schiavo's book was published in 2006. My review is more of an observation on what his book should mean for us in 2011, a time when the far right wing is becoming more egregious in its socio-cultural agenda. A good discussion is needed and hopefully will prevent the amnesia that the far right is counting on.

I write in a time when social conservatives and their right wing media, outraged at the election of President Barack Obama in 2008, are re-grouping to overturn Roe v. Wade and intervene in right-to-die situations. Tea Party Republican wins in the House in 2010 have emboldened far right social conservatives whose assaults on women's reproductive rights is making a lot of news in early 2011, especially in their misleading attacks on Planned Parenthood.
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