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Risen and Thomas (who admirably write in one voice) lay out a chronology of anti-abortion activism that .

Risen and Thomas (who admirably write in one voice) lay out a chronology of anti-abortion activism that starts in non-violent picketing by a small group of post-Viet Nam war, socially-concerned Catholic pacifists, moving to criminal behavior as impressionable fundamentalists take up and dominate the cause, culminating in violence by the extreme fringe against abortion clinics and assaults and murder. Published on March 20, 2000.

Risen and Thomas (who admirably write in one voice) lay out a chronology of anti-abortion activism that starts in non-violent picketing by a small .

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Wrath of Angels book. Abortion has been at the emotional center of America’s culture wars. James Risen, an investigative reporter for the LA Times, & Judy L. Thomas, a reporter for the Kansas City Star, are widely acknowledged as the leading journalistic experts on the anti-abortion movement. Jan 27, 2008 Gwen rated it it was amazing.

Abortion has been at the emotional center of America’s culture wars for a generation. perpetrated on abortion providers.

Abortion has been at the emotional centre of America's culture wars for a generation. With clarity and objectivity, Risen and Thomas unleash the stormy wrath of angels, the volatile eruption of fundamentalist fury into American politics. Ever since the Supreme Court's landmark Roe v. Wade decision, abortion has in many ways defined American politics, creating an ideological demilitarized zone between liberals and conservatives. Above all, the twenty-five-year war over abortion has been responsible for the most significant social phemen of our times,the political and cultural mobilization of Evangelical America. The Perseus Books Group.

James Risen, Judy Thomas. Abortion has been at the emotional centre of America's culture wars for a generation. Above all, the twenty-five-year war over abortion has been responsible for the most significant social phenomenon of our times,the political and cultural mobilization of Evangelical America.

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Abortion has been at the emotional center of America's culture wars for a generation. Ever since the Supreme Court's landmark Roe v. Wade decision, abortion has in many ways defined American politics, creating an ideological demilitarized zone between liberals and conservatives. Above all, the twenty-five-year war over abortion has been responsible for the most significant social phenomenon of our times—the political and cultural mobilization of Evangelical America. Furthermore, it has served as the lightning rod for the most intense and prolonged debate on the issue of separation of church and state since the founding of the nation.Now for the first time, in a compelling and very human narrative, Wrath of Angels traces the rise and fall of the American anti-abortion movement and reveals its critical role in the creation of the Religious Right. The book explores why the passionate battle to end abortion failed to achieve its goal and yet in the process became one of the most important—and least understood—social protest movements of the twentieth century. The anti-abortion movement was the catalyst that convinced Protestant fundamentalists to end their long cultural isolation, leaving their church pews for the streets. And, while they failed to change the law, they were transformed themselves, emerging as one for the most potent political forces in America at the end of the century.James Risen, an investigative reporter for the Los Angeles Times, and Judy L. Thomas, a reporter for the Kansas City Star, are widely acknowledged as the leading journalistic experts on the anti-abortion movement. Their narrative history captures all the drama of the abortion battles of the past twenty-five years and reveals how a movement with its roots in the Catholic left's antiwar protests of the 1960s was gradually transformed into a rallying point for the newly muscular Religious Right. Wrath of Angels documents the origins of the use of civil disobedience in the anti-abortion movement and offers the definitive explanation of why the movement ultimately descended into violence—and collapsed as a political force. It tells the compelling story of the shootings of abortion doctors in the 1990s and draws upon exclusive interviews with the anti-abortion extremists who have been convicted of these crimes.Anti-abortion activism represents the largest social protest movement since the 1960s. With clarity and objectivity, Risen and Thomas unleash the stormy wrath of angels, the volatile eruption of fundamentalist fury into American politics.

Comments: (7)

Tojahn
The book contains a lot of basic factual information about the Pro-Life leaders and the pro-life movement that the authors wrote about. However, the authors wrote from a Pro-Abortion point of view. Eventhough I didn't agree wth all of their conclusions, I did find the book to be quite informative and actually enjoyed reading many portions of it. This book is a must read for anyone who is interested in studying the period of History in our country called the abortion abortion wars.
Malann
Very informative. Well written. I would like to see this book republished with a few chapters describing the debate since 1998. I've tried to contact the authors but have heard nothing back.
Dianalmeena
This book is a good, general view of the anti-abortion movement in the US in the last couple of decades, and its spiral into violence. However, I don't think we've heard the last of the violent fringe for a second.
Mightdragon
Investigative journalism should be defined by this volume. Astonishing!!!
JOIN
Easy to read, well researched. Gives a fundamental grounding of the anti-choice movement and how it formed. It details the religious foundation the anti-choice movement is founded on. Religious theology rather than scientific fact.
Zieryn
WOA is journalism as a seamless garment of teamwork. Risen and Thomas (who admirably write in one voice) lay out a chronology of anti-abortion activism that starts in non-violent picketing by a small group of post-Viet Nam war, socially-concerned Catholic pacifists, moving to criminal behavior as impressionable fundamentalists take up and dominate the cause, culminating in violence by the extreme fringe against abortion clinics and assaults and murder perpetrated on abortion providers.

As I write this at the end of 2006, the 1998 paperback edition of this book is being remaindered, and the book may go out of print. This is too bad, as the determination amongst conservative Catholics and right-wing fundamentalists to make the US an anti-abortion society by law continues unabated since WOA's publication. With the centrist rebuke of the Bush government in 2006, one wonders if the increasingly marginalized religious right will once again become desperate enough to condone (or look the other way) a resurgence of violent activism of the sort documented so well by Risen and Thomas in WOA. Readers should be aware that activist anti-abortion forces are willing to achieve their goals by pluralities, not majorities, and by packing local political precincts with single-issue fellow ideologues, not to mention the courts and attorneys general. (I'm writing from Kansas where this is NO small matter)

If there is one book to read on growth of the extreme anti-abortion movement, it should be this one. It humanizes the anti-abortion personalities (John O'Keefe, Joseph Scheidler, John Ryan, Randall Terry, Shelley Shannon, Joan Andrews) in ways that will even surprise staunch abortion rights advocates. WOA has an extensive bibliography to guide interested readers to further information, as well as a section of news photographs (it could have used MORE of these!).

The journalistic style is dynamic, forward moving and vivid, a model of reportage, if not analysis. The reader is free to draw his/her own conclusions. The book is compromised, however, by stopping just short of portraying the religious motivations of the anti-abortion protagonists to the fullest. Even so, it does better by comparison than other works on the subject that simply dismissed the religious ideology that fueled and grew with the rise in anti-abortion activism in the 1980s and early '90s.
MegaStar
Like many children of the 1970's and 1980's I grew up seeing clinic protests on the nightly news---and was initially bewildered by the actions.

The desire to stop legal abortion by killing medical personnel and destroying clinic property seemed to contradict itself even to a seventh grader who was only begining to become involved with feminist politics. For instance, Jehovah's Witnesses do not personally believe in undergoing blood/organ transfusions, but they are respectful enough to avoid terrorizing the local medical facilities which do offer these services.

In this gripping work, Risen traces the evolution of the American anti-choice movement. Disatisfaction with the pace of action from early days naturally gave rise to a violent 'fringe' who were actually known to the 'respectable' movement leaders---if not publically supported by these same figures. The early theory held the resulting good/bad cop routine would enable the mainstream anti-abortion movement leaders to ban the procedure faster than if they were the only ones working in the movmenet.

Because there are many books analyzing these actions from a second-person perspective and draw exclusively on the testimony of pro-choice activists and/or public officials, it is important that he included interviews with the perpetrators themselves. Personally pro-choice, he is nevertheless critical of intra-movement organizing tactics which inadvertently allowed anti-abortion protestors to gain critical ground in Wichita and elsewhere. Good organizing also involves the ability of a person and their allies to know when and how to self-scrutinize actions for future improvement plans.

Still disagreeing with individuals who would restrict reproductive rights for others and especially the violent protestors, I now understand the extent of their political network and enduring impact on American politics. The 'moderates' are quiet only because they realize a growing segment of the American public has also made connections between their rhetoric and 'extremist' actions.
Wrath Of Angels: The American Abortion War download epub
Politics & Government
Author: Jim Risen,Judy L. Thomas
ISBN: 0465092721
Category: Politics & Social Sciences
Subcategory: Politics & Government
Language: English
Publisher: Basic Books; 1 edition (January 7, 1998)
Pages: 416 pages