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"Neal Katz weaves a compelling page-turning story that cleverly unfolds history while providing a wonderfully entertaining ride. ... Impressively well written and exceptionally entertaining from beginning to end, "Outrageous" is very highly recommended for both community and academic library American Historical Fiction collections." Susan Bethany Midwest Book Review

"Victoria Woodhull is one of the most fascinating but forgotten characters
in American history. She deserves to be better known by anyone who cares
about gender equality and the ongoing fight to make America a more
tolerant and just country--kudos to Neal Katz for bringing her story to
life for a new generation of readers."
Debby Applegate, Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Most Famous
Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher


"I can't believe this is Neal's first book. Incredibly well written, this is an
important work. I see a National bestseller and a long running series."
Victor Villasenor, National bestselling author of Rain of Gold,Three time
Pulitzer Prize nominee, and author of Revenge of a Catholic Schoolboy

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The saga of Victoria Woodhull appeals to me, as it serves three purposes:
* First, the story provokes public awareness of the historical and continuing denigration and subjugation of gender prejudice. 
* Second, the tale exposes the historical basis for the manipulation of the "free markets" of stocks, bonds and commodities. 
* Third, the story shows how existing financial and political power structures used prison and seizure of assets to prevent innovation and social change. 
Victoria Woodhull overcame all these obstacles in a remarkable life. 
In addition, I have had to overcome many of the same trials and tribulations that confronted the sisters, Victoria and Tennessee. I believe in their motto: "Upward & Onward" and personally transforms challenges into positive manifestations. I often say, "We have so much more power than we allow ourselves to think. Create the life you want!" 
I chose to write in first person using Victoria's words, thoughts, and point of view to tell the tale, inviting the reader to see through her eyes. I was directly inspired by Victoria, summoning her into my dreams and waking life so better to directly inform my writing.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Victoria Woodhull Saga (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Top Reads Publishing; First edition (October 9, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0996486011
  • ISBN-13: 978-0996486019
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,418,383 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As we're gearing up for the next election, this book is as timely as possible.
Sit yourself down in the 19th century. Think of the first woman to run for office -- Victoria Woodhull. Now imagine a brilliant black man as her running mate -- Frederick Douglass. Fireworks? You bet. Now imagine two women who had the first woman-owned seat on the stock exchange. Victoria and her sister. An uproar? Indeed.
Neal Katz's rendering of Victoria's rise to riches, told in first person, is a brilliant read. And for those who love Historical Fiction, 'Outrageous' is a must.
Also ... the holidays are coming. The book is gorgeous and would make a fine gift for anyone, politico or not.
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The story of Victoria's early life is nothing short of a horror story. It starts with her being *ahem* deflowered forcibly by her father, with the rest of the family in the room. Then she wonders what she did to 'deserve' such treatment. It made me want to sit her father down and have what is called a "come to Jesus meeting" with him. Later that night she 'meets' a guardian angel, who tells her she is destined for greatness.

And Victoria is going to need to hold on to that, because before she breaks from her family, her father turns her and her sisters out to other men in order to make money. The family is not well-thought of in the town (go figure), and when the father is out of town, the townfolk come to the house one evening, and pack the family up to cart them out of town.

Her only 'escape' is to get married. But all the kind attention she had received from her husband before their marriage evaporated shortly thereafter. They lived in terrible conditions. The husband went out every night drinking and to the brothels. If a kindly neighbor had not helped out, Victoria would have delivered her child all alone in a hovel.

The heartbreaking story of her early child- and womanhood is starkly and masterfully told by Neal Katz. At the same time, the writing was sensitive because the first chapters are difficult to read due to the way Victoria (and her sisters) were treated.

Especially fascinating is that Victoria did not crumble under the weight of her past. Childhood sexual abuse is not a new phenomenon (unfortunately), neither is a single mother raising a child with developmental disabilities.
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Victoria was a woman well ahead of her times. She and her cohorts paved the path for today's feminists by taking the hard road and getting their voices heard. Unless you take a class on Womens Studies or really are invested in reading about the history you would never know about the women that were not widely known for their contribution to suffrage and women's right. Mr. Katz captures Victoria's plight and fight to be heard. She was a free spirit who was not letting obstacles get in her way. His approach to telling her story through her voice gives her story credence. I found the book very enlightening; as well as finding yet another heroine from the past that fought for the rights of women.
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I can see why this book has received so many awards: It's engaging from the start. I had intended to save this book to read on my next vacation, but I made the mistake of starting to read it over lunch one day. I was hooked immediately, and there was no way I was going to wait until vacation to find out what happened next!

The book focuses on a surprisingly strong, resilient woman who is called upon to rise above terrible circumstances and who applies her brains, friendships, and other available (and sometimes not so obvious) resources to do it. As I read about her, I also learned history in an easy-to-digest way. I highly recommend this book!
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This is a story of a woman who should have been born in another time. She was far ahead of others. She was perhaps one of the first feminists that fought hard and let their voices ring out. It wasn't easy by far. Back then women had their place and it wasn't the forefront. It wasn't fighting for equal rights, it wasn't politics. Women were to be seen and not heard. Unless you do some research, you wouldn't know about the women and their place in society. It wasn't well publicized. The author did a wonderful job of describing Victoria's life. Victoria was a strong woman who didn't let anything get in her way. She fought hard for what she believed in. The author did a marvelous job of telling the story through the voice of Victoria. It makes the reader feel as though they are part off the feminist movement, part of Victoria's life. How many of us know that Victoria Woodhull was the first woman to run for office? Her running mate: an intelligent black man named Frederick Douglas. Now this was quite a combination. Did they lock heads? Victoria was passing all the road blocks like they weren't there. Herself and her sister held a seat on the stock exchange. Imagine that, the first woman owned seat. What a woman! Of course, this didn't go by without a fuss from others, especially men. The book is captivating and so enlightening. You, the reader, can envision this strong women fighting against all odds to bring about women's rights. The challenges she met and overcame. Back in that time, people felt threatened when facing new ideas and ways. This should be a must read for all junior high and high schoolers. Mr. Katz must have put many hours into research. The book is not only interesting but it is educational. It is well written with great character development.Read more ›
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