Synopses & Reviews
In 2004, Cindy Sheehan lost her son Casey Austin Sheehan in an ambush in Iraq. As information became available verifying that the war was based on lies and "cooked intelligence," she began speaking out and testifying in the halls of Congress. In August 2005, she went to Crawford, Texas, to confront President Bush, unexpectedly opening the floodgates of a renewed American peace movement. Ten thousand people joined her, and millions more worldwide followed. The founder of Gold Star Families for Peace, Sheehan here movingly recounts her first year of activism, sharing her thoughts and actions with readers for the first time in book form. Reflecting on war and peace, truth and accountability, she takes the Bush administration to task for its corruption and incompetence. Equal parts compelling memoir and call to action," Not One More Mother's Child tells in Sheehan's distinctive voice how historical events and personal tragedy transformed her from grieving mom to ardent activist.
"Casey Sheehan, perhaps the most famous GI to die in Iraq, was an Eagle Scout who wanted to be a church Deacon, according to his mother, Cindy. That was before a 'lying, fooling, and betraying' George Bush and the 'arrogant and ignorant neocons' sent him to die in an unjust and immoral war-this, too, according to Sheehan and her high-profile supporters. Congressman John Conyers claims in the preface that Sheehan is his hero, and writer Thomas Hartmann adds praise by comparing her to Julia Ward, who penned 'The Battle Hymn of the Republic.' No doubt Sheehan has become a hero to many. This collection of her writings does very little, however, to perpetuate her heroism other than to recap what has already been seen and heard in the media. There are diary entries, letters and speeches, most of which reiterate her anti-Bush, anti-war stance. In fairness, she is a mother, not a writer; an activist and founding member of Gold Star Families for Peace, not a journalist. The book gains momentum when Sheehan describes her decision to go to Bush country in August 2005 to stage the 'peaceful occupation' of Crawford. But it gets bogged down with florid declarations of her waging a 'Holy War against the War on Terrorism.' Though Sheehan's anguish is made brutally palpable, this book reads like an extended rant, not an instrument of resistance." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Cindy Sheehan, mother of a soldier killed in Iraq, has become synonymous with the anti-war movement since camping out at President Bush's ranch in August.
Cindy most recently marched in Washington, D.C. and continues to meet with government officials in her mission to end the war in Iraq. In this book, she shares her experiences and personal memories of her son.