Taking Aim at the President: The Remarkable Story of the by Geri Spieler

By Geri Spieler

Winner of the 2009 San Francisco booklet competition Award (Wild Card class)

"I'm now not sorry I tried...if winning, the assassination...just may need caused the type of chaos which can have began the upheaval of change." --Sara Jane Moore in 1976

Journalist Geri Spieler met would-be murderer Sara Jane Moore whereas she was once in legal; Taking objective on the President relies on over 20 years of interviews in addition to independant examine. Spieler follows Moore's activities from her early life in a small West Virginia city to her liberate from felony in December 2007. Moore's existence used to be by no means traditional, and alongside the best way she entered and dropped out of the army, used to be married 5 instances, and was once either a political radical and an FBI informant. concentrating on the advanced psychology and motivations of a quintessentially determined housewife and the one lady to ever hearth a bullet at an American president, Spieler promises a nuanced portrait of an elusive individual and a desirable glimpse again at a turbulent interval in American history.

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She began to morph from the Republican, George Murphy–supporting doctor’s wife into something very different. As she began to dip her toe into the cultural revolution that had been developing around her, her views of mainstream politics continued to sour. Like so many other women in those years of consciousness-raising groups and personal liberation, she began CHANGING TIMES 61 for the first time to start to pay more attention to politics and issues outside of her own personal world. She even worked as a volunteer at a free clinic in a medically underserved black section of Oakland.

FOUR CHANGING TIMES After the senatorial election of 1970, Sara Jane had no friends to turn to. Her aggressive campaigning had alienated most of the Danville circle, and they eventually cut her out of their play groups and babysitting pool; they also left the Carmels out of their adult social events. The mothers liked and felt empathy for six-year-old Frederic, though. “It’s too bad about her little boy,” one Danville neighbor said to me. “She dressed him up like an East Coast preppy doll, in short pants and knee-length socks.

He was at DuPont long enough to see projects he had contributed to, such as his work on glycolic acid, make it all the way into the medical industry for use in helping to heal burn patients. , Janet, THE UNHAPPY HOUSEWIFE 39 and Christopher. They published an announcement of the intended adoption in the vain hope that being faced with the formal loss of her children might flush out Sara Jane. Sara Jane’s ex-husband, the children’s father, had disappeared from their lives soon after the divorce and did not contest the adoption.

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