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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. A remarkable work of oral history a fond, provocative testament to a remarkable life. Remember how after 9/11 there were changes made to the Freedom of Information Act which took away some of the American citizen's privacies? Bella Abzug was one of the forces behind the more rigid rulings that protected the American citizen, a natural response to what the Nixon Administration had been doing.

Planet, and Shook Up Politics Along the Wa. And I have to say, I really liked the WAY the story was told - all quotes by those around her telling how things really were happening

Planet, and Shook Up Politics Along the Way. b. Suzanne Braun Levine and Mary Thom are both nationally recognized authorities on women's issues. And I have to say, I really liked the WAY the story was told - all quotes by those around her telling how things really were happening. Made me think a I always had a very negative impression about Bella Abzug as a bra burning extremist that most feminists shied away from.

Bella Abzug has appeared in the following books: Bella Abzug: How One Tough Broad . Battling Bella Planet, and Shook Up Politics Along the Way by. Suzanne Braun Levine

Bella Abzug has appeared in the following books: Bella Abzug: How One Tough Broad from the Bronx Fought Jim Crow and Joe McCarthy, Pissed Off Jimmy Carte. Bella Savitsky Abzug (July 24, 1920 – March 31, 1998) was an American lawyer, . Representative, social activist and a leader of the Women's Movement. In 1971, Abzug joined other leading feminists such as Gloria Steinem and Betty Friedan to found the National Women's Political Caucus. Planet, and Shook Up Politics Along the Way by. Suzanne Braun Levine.

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Suzanne Braun Levine, Mary Thom. An oral biography of the influential Bella Abzug charts her more than fifty-year career as an activist, congresswoman, social leader, and champion of the disenfranchised and powerless, detailing her diverse roles during the Civil Rights and anti-Vietnam War movements of the 1960s, the feminist revolution of the 1970s and 1980s, and the 1990s environmental awareness and economic.

Battling Bella" who fought for women's rights, civil rights, gay rights, the State of Israel, and so much more.

Here's everything you need to know about "Battling Bella" who fought for women's rights, civil rights, gay rights, the State of Israel, and so much more. At age 11, she joined a group called Kvutzah, saying: We sang songs, danced the hora, studied socialism and communal living and the history of Israel. Few people understood what we meant by the establishment of a homeland for the Jews. Later, she would join Hashomer Hatzair, a labor Zionist youth group.

Bella Abzug: How One Tough Broad from the Bronx Fought Jim Crow and Joe McCarthy, Pissed Off Jimmy Carter, Battled for the Rights of Women and Workers, Rallied Against the War and for the Planet, and Shook Up Politics Along the Wa. For more than fifty years, Bella Abzug championed the powerless and disenfranchised as an activist, congresswoman, and leader in every major social initiative of her time - from Zionism and labor in the forties, to the ban-the-bomb efforts in the fifties, to civil rights and the anti-Vietnam War movements of the sixties, to the women's movement in the.

The Chicago Sun-Times called the book about Ms. Abzug a bizarre, plodding, Friars Club roast

The Chicago Sun-Times called the book about Ms. Abzug a bizarre, plodding, Friars Club roast. Ms. Thom arrived at Ms. magazine convinced of the need for more scrutiny of lawmakers and their views on issues like abortion and birth control. She developed a system of grading politicians that quickly became one of the magazine’s most popular features. Women's Media Center, via Associated Press.

Suzanne Braun Levine and Mary Thom, Bella Abzug: How One Tough Broad from the Bronx Fought Jim Crow and Joe McCarthy, Pissed Off Jimmy Carter, Battled for the Rights of Women and Workers

Suzanne Braun Levine and Mary Thom, Bella Abzug: How One Tough Broad from the Bronx Fought Jim Crow and Joe McCarthy, Pissed Off Jimmy Carter, Battled for the Rights of Women and Workers,. Planet, and Shook Up Politics Along the Way, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007; ISBN 0-374-29952-8, pp. 49–56.

"A remarkable work of oral history [and] a fond, provocative testament to a remarkable life."*

"A fabulous read about a breed of politician now largely extinct . . . Levine and Thom have crafted a history that brings to life one of the great political personalities of the twentieth century." ―ALICE ECHOLS, Bookforum "Incorporates . . . interviews with excerpts from the influential feminist's unpublished memoirs to create a kind of conversation about the woman, the politician and the times in which she lived." ―*SUSAN SALTER REYNOLDS, Los Angeles Times "Abzug was certainly a major player in our change in attitudes in the second part of the past century [and] Suzanne Braun Levine and Mary Thom give us a fascinating glimpse into [an] inspirational but undeniably peculiar period that is receding, all too quickly, into the past." ―CAROLYN SEE, The Washington Post "[A] fluid, sharply edited book . . . Abzug was a force of nature, and the stories about her are consistently feisty."―JON DOLAN, Time Out New York "Explodes with the energy that Bella Abzug possessed." ―DONNA BRAZILE


Comments: (7)

Mananara
The content of this book captures the life of Bella Abzug well. The format is a bit unusual. It is more of a chronological organization without a clear thesis or principle of organization. It follows a narrative format with quotes from many people who knew her well at different stages of her life. If you read the whole thing, it gives a great picture of her life, but you have to draw your own conclusions about the lessons it contains.
Runehammer
This book had an interesting concept. Instead of a narrative outlining the subject's life, the author interwove interviews from people that knew the subject. Included were interviews from relatives, friends, enemies and the subject herself. Different timelines were given with interviews relevant to the time period and subject matter. It is worth a read particularly if you remember Bella Abzug.
Kirimath
I do not recollect another time that I read a book so fast. I loved the chronology that preface each chapter - it puts context into American history and Bella. There are all sorts of women and men talking. Some I know of and others I don't. Highly educational. That Bella was a force in many laws that I have not known before. The credit belongs to Bella.
Haracetys
Amazing woman of my time. Book gets into all the corners and paths in her life. Well written.
Golkis
Loved this book
Togor
Bella Abzug: How One Tough Brod from the Bronx Fought Jim Crow, Pissed Off Jimmy Carter, Battled for the Rights of Women and Workers, Rallied Against War and for the Planet, and Shook Up Politics Along the Way an oral history by Suzanne Braun Levine and Mary Thom is a book about a political dynamo who fought for changes that we see everywhere but did not realize were the result of her often strident voice. For instance, did you know that the way curbsides are dipped down for easier wheelchair access is the result of legislation she pushed through Congress? And that she was the first to demand President Nixon be impeached? Known for her flamboyant hats and her very big personality, Bella Abzug is one of those leaders who simply would not be ignored. She also would not back down and some of her positions created rifts within her own demographic so while she fought for Civil Rights for homosexuals, some feminists and minorities were offended and didn't agree with that gays and lesbians should be included.

I know a lot of people outside of New York probably haven't heard of Bella Abzug. I grew up in her district, her face iconic in my childhood, and I distinctly recall stuffing envelopes for her in a storefront campaign office in the village. No, I never met her but it seemed very mature and necessary for me, an eight-year-old child, to be sitting side-by-side with adults, doing something that really mattered.

Of course, I had no political awareness and couldn't have told you a thing about Abzug's politics. I could assume she was against the Vietnam War because, as far as I knew, everyone knew that war, particularly that war, was wrong and we needed to bring our boys home. And she was a woman so I probably surmised she was a feminist. But it wasn't until reading this book that I understood how strident and divisive she truly was. Wonderfully so because she had strong beliefs and a fearless inability to back down.

I love the way this book is organized. There are very brief sections, few spanning more than a paragraph or two, written in a variety of voices. Abzug's own words are italicized while those of others are preceded by their name and then they share their stories. Everyone from family to employees, from political admirers and opponents are represented on the page. This is not an homage to a remarkable woman so much as it is a faceted look at her impact on politics, feminism, and so much more.

Bella Abzug was born at the right time and had the internal drive and vision to have an effect. Some of the observations make her human, like her dislike of dogs. Others put her in a context that informs her adult personality, like when her father died and she insisted on saying Kaddish for him although, traditionally this would have been done only by the eldest son. She is not easily defined and some of the stories shared reveal a complicated and complex woman, a woman who is conservative enough to not want to know about homosexuality but is willing to fight for homosexual rights and who wears an old fashioned girdle while standing up for equal rights for women.

Remember how after 9/11 there were changes made to the Freedom of Information Act which took away some of the American citizen's privacies? Bella Abzug was one of the forces behind the more rigid rulings that protected the American citizen, a natural response to what the Nixon Administration had been doing.

There are also some stories shared that break the heart or frustrate altogether. That anyone would be so vulgar as to call her "the Beast of Buchenwald" is so far beyond my comprehension that I had to close the book altogether for a few minutes to calm myself (162). She wasn't in politics to make friends but to create change and this is apparent as the editors have the good sense to share the darker and less kind opinions of some of the people who worked side-by-side with Abzug. If she wasn't easy to get along with, she made few apologies (although there is a story shared of her approaching someone years after the fact and admitting that she was wrong).

The strength of this book lies in its lack of synthesis. Rather than try to create a linear biography, the editors wisely, perhaps even brilliantly, chose to let the speakers speak for themselves so when Abzug writes about a particular moment in her italicized sections, these are immediately followed by one or more stories from others that either collaborate, elaborate, or even contradict what she said. What a clever way to show how faceted she herself was, a tour de force in politics at a time when there was so much political foment.

I would highly, even urgently, recommend this book to any young feminist who wants a better understanding of the more contemporary political roots of the movement. Abzug worked with Steinam and Friedan, with more or less cooperation. Before her own political career, she campaigned for Robert Kennedy and, after Malcolm X was assassinated, sold her house to his widow and children so they would have a safe and integrated community in which to live. Agree with her politics or don't, she was an interesting woman and this book makes her fascination understandable.
in waiting
It's an inspiring, but ultimately dynamic true-to-life account--of how one woman really did make a difference in this world. Accomplishing this difference pre-internet era and before 'packaged candidate' times is what keeps the reader perpetually hooked.

An outsider in every sense of the term starting from her childhood, Bella Savitsky Abzug crusaded for her causes merely because it was the right thing to do. She was not expecting fame or fortune to come from this work, she saw injustice and wanted to correct it.

After admittance to the bar, she went down south to defend African Americans, motivated by that sense of fairness rather than money.

This work and other even caught the eye of Richard M. Nixon, placing her on his infamous 'enemies list', something which she undoubtedly took as an honor. Her being noticed by the system meant that the cages were being rattled and they knew their time was up. The only machine which she was a member of was her own. Throughout each battle, her devoted husband Martin was proud to have supported her, not at all ashamed to 'Bella's husband'.

One can only imagine what the outlets attacking Hillary for being a 'nutcracker' would have said about Bella. She too enjoyed being a wife and a mother. But she also transgresed established gender norms at seemingly every turn. Even when elected to public office, she did not quietly fall in line with what the rest of the Party electorate expected her to go along with.

It's definently a holiday gift item to inspire the women in our lives. But guys also wanting a solid example of what quality community organizing actually is need to get this book.
This is my first Amazon review. I felt I had to write a review for this wonderful book. On one hand, this is an inspiring account of the passion and vigor that catalyzed the civil rights and feminist movements in this country (in stark contrast to much of the hollow rhetoric these days). On the other, it is an entertaining and poignant portrayal of an incredibly complicated character in American history. The form of the book, something of a round table discussion between Abzug and those who knew her, helps the reader to get a sort of 360 degree history with multiple views of single events. It is a finely wrought and powerful portrayal of Abzug and of the history of our country. I hope particularly that young women (and men) will read it and be inspired.
Bella Abzug: How One Tough Broad from the Bronx Fought Jim Crow and Joe McCarthy, Pissed Off Jimmy Carter, Battled for the Rights of Women and ... Planet, and Shook Up Politics Along the Way download epub
Leaders & Notable People
Author: Suzanne Braun Levine,Mary Thom
ISBN: 0374531498
Category: Biographies & Memoris
Subcategory: Leaders & Notable People
Language: English
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; First Edition edition (December 9, 2008)
Pages: 352 pages