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Juliette Gordon Low: The Remarkable Founder of the Girl Scouts Hardcover – February 16, 2012

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"A biography that fully captures its dynamic subject and her greatest accomplishment." — Boston Globe


"Stacy Cordery's engaging portrait . . . paints a charming picture of Daisy as a warm-hearted force of nature." — Chicago Tribune


"Cordery . . . has written a detailed and well-researched book. She shows Low to be a strong woman ahead of her time." — The Cleveland Plain Dealer


"Of the three books pegged to the Girl Scouts' 100th, the most engaging by far is Stacy A. Cordery's Juliette Gordon Low. Ms. Cordery gives us the unexpurgated life—one that might make you want to shield the eyes of the nearest Brownie Scout but one that also lends depth and color to the American Girl Scouts founder's story. Ms. Cordery uses a wealth of historical detail to animate both an era and the author's flawed, sometimes exasperating but generally appealing subject. . . . The merit badge here goes to Stacy Cordery's biography." — The Wall Street Journal


"Cordery's extensive biography fully explores the complex and intricate life of Low." — Deseret News


"Delightful." — BookPage


"This biography brings to life the woman whose efforts galvanized an entire nation of young women. 'Long Live Girl Scouts!' may be the cry on readers' lips after finishing this tribute to a spirited and inspirational American leader." — Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Stacy A. Cordery is chairman of the history department at Monmouth College in Illinois and is the author of Theodore Roosevelt: In the Vanguard of the Modern. She is the bibliographer for the National First Ladies’ Library. This is her third book.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Viking; 1St Edition edition (February 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670023302
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670023301
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,224,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you are looking for a fascinating read about a brave, adventurous female role model, this book is it. After reading about the remarkable founder of the Girl Scouts, I wish that I could have met Juliette Gordon Low. This book will take you on a journey with this bold and brilliant woman who overcame deafness, a philandering husband and the stifling mores of her time. At age 51, an age when many women would have given in to a gloomy spinsterhood, she instead used her talents and her fortune to impact millions of girls around the world. Inspiring. A perfect book club selection.
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March 12, 2012, marked the 100th anniversary of the official founding of the Girl Scouts of America by Juliette "Daisy" Gordon Low, in Savannah, Georgia. A few biographies have thus been released in time for the celebration, and this is one of them. Since I was a Girl Scout in my youth, back in the 1960s and 1970s, I thought this would be the perfect chance to revisit those roots. I learned a lot here that I don't remember having heard before.

Daisy Gordon was born in Savannah just before the American Civil War began. Hers was an interesting childhood, as part of a close-knit family of some means. Hard work, accompanied by charity and volunteerism, were the expectations of life for the Gordons. Daisy was able to attend good schools, make close friends, and do a bit of international traveling before she married Englishman William Mackay Low, a man who can now be seen to have been an absolute cad. (Alas, Miss Gordon's head could always be turned by a handsome man in uniform.) Had she lived in our generation, Daisy could have more quickly removed herself from a dreadful situation that lingered for 20 years. But divorce was not an easy task to accomplish in Victorian and post-Victorian England. Her ties were finally released when Willy died in 1905. At last she could finally be herself and find herself, at the ripe old age of 45.

And yet: If she hadn't married Willy, moved to England, and made all sorts of important contacts there, she might never have stumbled into the circumstances that led her to meet General Sir Robert Baden-Powell in May 1911. The Boy Scout movement in England was growing around that Boer War veteran. Daisy soon found her calling with the Girl Guides (the female equivalent) in that country ...
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I've been a Girl Scout for about 60 years and read everything I can get my hands on about Juliette Gordon Low. That said, I learned some things about her from this book that I've never seen or heard of before. The book is wonderful and is well worth reading. Our "Daisy" was a remarkable person who was ahead of her time in her lifetime, and would be ahead of her time even today.
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I had heard an NPR interview with the author, and the book has not been a disappointment. It is detailed, and shows great empathy for this amazing woman of great moral strength. I had bought a copy for the elementary school where I teach, but may opt to donate it to the middle or high school students. In the 100th year of Girl Scouting in the U.S. and also the birthday of Title IX, women and girls (and men and boys) can thank Juliette Low for laying the groundwork for equal emphasis and opportunity. After that, we each have responsibility for what we do with what she gave us! Thank you, JGL.
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This book provides an important historical review and insightful discussion. It is a very worthwhile read--one that would make a fitting gift to honor Girl Scout leaders and older Girl Scouts (would be a great gift to someone for achieving their Gold Award)!
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Juliette Gordon Low is most famously known as the founder of the Girl Scouts. Born in Savannah right before the civil war, she was known as Crazy Daisy, a precocious child who defied conventional rules and wisdom. Vowing never to marry, she fell in love with an English aristocrat and moved across the sea. After realizing her husband was a wastrel and adulterer, she began divorce proceedings, only to have him die due to his bad health and excesses. After meeting Robert Baden-Powell, she became enthralled with the Boy Scouts and helped organize the Girl Guides in England. After returning to Savannah she began the Girl Scouts and dedicated her life to enriching girls lives.

I found the book interesting, yet at times it seemed to long. It read as a history book with lots of facts and dates. I would have enjoyed a more story-type book. But overall I found it to be well written and engaging.
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Well written book, I followed Stacy's blog as she was writing the book so knew I had to buy it when it came out. May not appeal to people unless they are part of the GS movement, but a must read for anyone that loves the organization.
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I purchased these books for my Girl Scouts, Our local book store was having the author Stacy Cordery in a book signing event, My girls were very excited to meet Stacy and have her sign their books. This book covers the life of Juliette Low and how she founded the Girl Scouts. I would recommend this book.
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