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The Republican War Against Women: An Insider's Report from Behind the Lines First Edition Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0553100143
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This is the story of one woman's struggle with and defection from the Republican party. It's the story of the transition and (in the author's view) subjugation of a political party to a small group of extremists. She shares the inside information from her more than 25 years of active membership. Melich contends that the "party of Lincoln," the party that promoted choice and freedom for all, is gone. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Melich, who has spent most of her political life as a Republican feminist, recounts 23 years of party politics that, she postulates, has fought against the women's movement and issues important to equal opportunity. She takes us through her struggles as a delegate to the Republican National Conventions of 1968 and 1992, describing in painstaking detail every platform, rule, and committee meeting that resulted in documents rejecting the Equal Rights Amendment and calling for a constitutional ban on abortions. Clearly, from what Melich outlines, the Republican party was completely out of sync with her views, leaving one to ask why it took so long for her to leave the party (as she finally did in 1992). Her reasoning after each defeat was that she thought it would get better and that it was better that the GOP feminists work with, rather than against, the party to see if some ground could be gained. Although the book's alarmist title may turn some potential readers off, the text is not hyperbole but a step-by-step account of how the religious right and conservatives have taken control of the Republican party. Recommended for general and academic political science collection.
--Patricia Hatch, Emmanuel Coll. Lib., Boston
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; First Edition edition (January 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553100149
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553100143
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,625,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By David A. Bede on July 30, 2002
Format: Paperback
I remember the moment when I knew George W. Bush would be our next president. It was late morning on Election Day 2000, and I saw an anchorwoman on television, interviewing a group of previously undecided, affluent women voters in a swing district near Chicago. One by one, all of them explained that they disagreed with Bush on abortion, but had decided to vote for him anyway. Most of them offered explanations to the effect of "I trust him not to be actively obstructionist against abortion rights." As we all know now, Bush betrayed that trust immediately after taking office, by reinstating the Mexico City Policy and appointing strident anti-feminist John Ashcroft to head the Justice Department. I can't help but wonder if those women in Chicago think their tax cuts are worth the backslide in social policy we've all got to endure until at least 2004 - if indeed they really were eligible for the tax cuts.
While reading Melich's book, I was reminded repeatedly of that newscast and the misplaced trust in right-wing politicians like Bush. I really wanted to love this book. After so many years of watching the mainstream media look the other way on all but the harshest Republican attacks on feminism and the vilification of that noble movement, an inside look at the party's growing intolerance from a female one-time Republican activist sounded to me like the perfect consciousness-raiser. And it is - to a degree. Melich's heart is undeniably in the right place, and I applaud her for writing the book. But I ultimately came away feeling that she, like the women I referred to above, remained loyal to the Republican party long past a time when she should have known better, and thus helped perpetuate the problem.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 6, 1997
Format: Hardcover
As a bookstore employee, I see more books than I have time to read. When I saw Ms. Melich's book, I was immediately interested. I was surprised by the title, coming from a woman who has been a Republican for so many years. As a Democrat, I was anticipating a book full of mere justifications from a woman who would voluntarily be a Republican. After reading the first paragraph, I knew I would insist that all women I know should read this book. The book is, at times, very dense reading as I had to stop every few lines to tell someone how passionate I felt about the situations Melich describes. I admire her fight. Although she may not subscribe to the same political philosophy as I do, she has fought the good fight against the establishment. To conclude, I placed the book on our "What We're Reading" shelf at the bookstore. We sold quite a few. Many times, however, I would walk by and notice the book had been turned over to hide the cover. Some people refuse to face reality
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Robin Orlowski on August 8, 2000
Format: Paperback
In painstaking and non-partisan detail, Melich proves the Republican party (and not the American public) as it presently is incarnated is the real threat to American families.
Although a majority of Americans regardless of political affiliation are pro-choice and favor GLBT rights, the GOP has capitalized on fear regarding the civil rights movement and social change to win elections. Melich explains why this tactic has roundly backfired on them.
From the Silent and Moral Majority to the Christian Coalition, these social conservatives have been allowed to warp the electorial system for their own personal benefit. 1192 was the first year a majority saw through the blinders and took a real stand for America.
Evem if I disagree with Melich on identification, it is refreshing to know that it was not just myself who sensed the misogyny at the 1992 Republican National Convention. It is impossible to have a serious discussion about individual rights with opposition to legalized abortion and the Equal Rights Amendment.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 21, 1996
Format: Hardcover
Although I am a Democratic woman, I found Tanya Melich's book to be a sympathetic and provocative history of misogynism in the Republican Party -- which was the party of choice for my parents, and, which I expected to embody Democratic principles, because -- well, this is America. Author Melich describes the platform and other battles during Republican conventions and the rise of such anti-feminist leaders as Phyllis Schlafly and Newt Gingrich. Pertinent to Americans of both sexes is the concurrent rise of power of the Religious Right and the attacks being made on the separation of church and state -- fundamental to our Democratic principles. The book serves as both an historical overview and a call to action for Americans of both sexes who want to maintain the freedom and equality instilled in our political system by the Founding Fathers.
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