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Taking Aim at the President : The Remarkable Story of the Woman Who Shot at Gerald Ford
by Geri Spieler

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"I'm not sorry I tried...if successful, the assassination...just might have triggered the kind of chaos that could have started the upheaval of change." --Sara Jane Moore in 1976

Journalist Geri Spieler met would-be assassin Sara Jane Moore while she was in prison; "Taking Aim at the President" is based on over two decades of interviews as well as independant research.  Read more...


 
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Overview

"I'm not sorry I tried...if successful, the assassination...just might have triggered the kind of chaos that could have started the upheaval of change." --Sara Jane Moore in 1976

Journalist Geri Spieler met would-be assassin Sara Jane Moore while she was in prison; "Taking Aim at the President" is based on over two decades of interviews as well as independant research. Spieler follows Moore's actions from her childhood in a small West Virginia town to her release from prison in December 2007. Moore's life was never conventional, and along the way she entered and dropped out of the military, was married five times, and was both a political radical and an FBI informant. Focusing on the complex psychology and motivations of a quintessentially desperate housewife and the only woman to ever fire a bullet at an American president, Spieler delivers a nuanced portrait of an elusive person and a fascinating glimpse back at a turbulent period in American history.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780230610231
  • ISBN-10: 0230610234
  • Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Publish Date: December 2008
  • Page Count: 246


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Books > Biography & Autobiography > Criminals & Outlaws
Books > Biography & Autobiography > Women
Books > History > United States - 20th Century

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 44.
  • Review Date: 2008-10-20
  • Reviewer: Staff

On September 22, 1975, Sara Jane Moore attempted to kill President Gerald Ford. Investigative journalist Spieler traces the “unlikely assassin's” convoluted path as the suburban housewife who abandoned her children meandered through relationships, marriages and careers ranging from bookkeeping to political activist turned FBI informant. Moore assumed varied personas, a skill she first displayed as an actress in high school. Despite three decades of contact with Moore, Spieler admits she still cannot explain what led Moore to attempt to kill Ford. But Spieler offers a portrait of an erratic, unstable woman with a protean capacity to shift identities, with the 1960s and '70s as a dramatic backdrop. Fans of true crime accounts or contemporary history will savor this portrait of the first woman to make an assassination attempt on an American president. (Jan. 12)

 
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