Synopses & Reviews
A Booklist Editors' Choice of the Year On October 23, 1998, Barnett Slepian, an abortion provider in Buffalo, New York, was killed by a sniper's bullet. Days later, another local doctor, Shalom Press, received a threat that he was "next on the list." Within hours, the Press family was under police protection, and America's violent struggle over abortion had come to the blue-collar city of Buffalo. In Absolute Convictions, Press recounts his family's experience with protesters outside his father's clinic, patients who braved the gauntlet of demonstrators, and politicians who attempted to appease both sides. With remarkable sensitivity, Eyal Press "plunges into, and transcends, a polarized debate that makes partisans of us all" (The Nation).
"Eyal Press manages the extraordinary feat of bringing light to a political issue that for far too long has generated nothing but blistering heat."--The New York Times Book Review
"If a book about abortion can be wise, beautiful and satisfying, this is it."--The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
"A lucid social history."--The New Yorker
"The action in his story is gripping, at times violent, and almost always personal, but he tells the story with analytical rigor and moral insight which make his memoir important history."--George Packer, author of The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq "A scrupulous reporter . . . Deftly integrating personal and social history, Press junior chronicles his father's path to accidental heroism. . . . An absorbing narrative."--The Village Voice
"Abortion is a tricky topic and Press is brave to take it on. In many ways he succeeds, elegantly capturing the emotions, myths and realities that surround this issue. . . . [This book] will allow a much deeper understanding and a better appreciation of both points of view."--The Washington Post Book World
"The functional lesson that can be taken from Press's extremely helpful and concise histories of both movements is a lesson in responsibility. It's a story of how those who should have known better stood aside while the reckless and heedless polluted a difficult civic discussion with the histrionic language of incitement."--Los Angeles Times
A journalist describes what life was like when his father, a Buffalo, New York, obstetrician, became the target of anti-abortion activists, a campaign that led to the 1998 murder of a colleague, Dr. Barnett Slepian, offering a firsthand account of his family's experiences, the issues and motivations of people on both sides of the debate, and other aspects of the fierce battle over abortion rights. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.
About the Author
Eyal Press is a regular contributor to The Nation and The American Prospect, and his articles have appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, Los Angeles Times, and Mother Jones. He lives in New York City.