Synopses & Reviews
At the height of the Vietnam War protests, twenty-eight-year-old Judith Nies and her husband lived a seemingly idyllic life. Both were building their respective careers in Washington—Nies as the speechwriter and chief staffer to a core group of antiwar congressmen, her husband as a Treasury department economist. But when her husband brought home a list of questions from an FBI file with Judith's name on the front, Nies soon realized that her life was about to take a radical turn. Shocked to find herself the focus of an FBI investigation into her political activities, Nies began to reevaluate her role as grateful employee and dutiful wife.
A heartfelt memoir and a piercing social commentary, The Girl I Left Behind offers a fresh, candid look at the 1960s. Recounting Nies's courageous journey toward independence and equality, it evaluates the consequences of the feminist movement on the same women who made it happen—and on the daughters born in their wake.
“Educational and entertaining.” Kirkus Reviews
“Nies combination period history and memoir is a highly valuable first-person record of a woman who finds herself, and the movement she grew with.” Publishers Weekly
“Refreshingly candid. . . . Nies personal take on the ripple effects of the womens movementboth on those involved directly and those who followedis honest and engaging.” Booklist
“An important book. I know of no book like it.” Jill Ker Conway
A heartfelt memoir and piercing social commentary, this work recounts one courageous woman's journey towards independence, and evaluates the outcome of the 1960s feminist movement on the women who made it happen--and the daughters born in their wake.
About the Author
Judith Nies has worked as a journalist, teacher, historian, researcher, and corporate speechwriter. The author of three books, including the classic biography Nine Women, she teaches a course on memoir as history and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.