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Peace Mom: A Mother's Journey through Heartache to Activism Hardcover – September 19, 2006

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Cindy Sheehan, mother of the late Specialist Casey Sheehan, U.S. Army, is cofounder of Gold Star Families for Peace, an organization devoted to families who have lost loved ones in Iraq.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books; First Edition edition (September 19, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743297911
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743297912
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,464,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I bought this book in the store after picking it up and reading the front and back cover. When I finished it, I had to look up the reviews to satisfy my curiosity. Before I did that, I predicted 2.5 stars. I figured half the people can relate to what this poor mother had to endure (I am one of those) and the other half cannot relate and will therefore be enraged by her strong points of view. It's human nature. I could spend hours and pages commenting on the comments but I am not going to do that.

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?
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Cindy Sheehan (born 1957) is an American anti-war activist whose son, U.S. Army Specialist Casey Sheehan, was killed by enemy action during the Iraq War. She is also the 2012 vice-presidential nominee of the Peace and Freedom Party. She has written other books such as Not One More Mother's Child.

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.
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Peace Mom is a powerful first hand account of one mother's struggle to find truth amidst violence and anger. Cindy Sheehan should be commended for her honesty and fiery energy that has arisen from her own personal tragedy; however, as a reader I was often annoyed and distracted by her poor grammar throughout her autobiography. At times, it seemed as if Sheehan wanted to fit her entire story onto one page. Too often, she digressed in the middle of a paragraph and then caught herself by saying, "more on that in the next chapter." She also decided to leave out much of her personal history or wrote it off as "abusive." This ambiguity left me wanting to know more about her past, so that I could better understand her metamorphosis into the "Peace Mom." Despite these misgivings, I felt that her palpable, simple writing was an effective way to describe her emotional state at crucial moments such as the day her son died, or the day she began Camp Casey.

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.
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