One Woman Against War

New biography of Jeannette Rankin, "One Woman Against War."

Jeannette Rankin was the first woman elected to Congress. Kevin S. Giles explores her life and times in his new biography, “One Woman Against War: The Jeannette Rankin Story.”

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Flight of the Dove: The Story of Jeannette Rankin, was the original. Now we have One Woman Against War: The Jeannette Rankin Story, the new and expanded edition.

Sue, of North Carolina, said of One Woman Against War:

¶ “Although it took me an extraordinary amount of time to read the biography of the Jeannette Rankin Story, I really did find the person and the history most interesting. I am quite well informed and most impressed by her life now. The amount of research is almost overwhelming. Please let Mr. Giles know that I appreciated the book.”


¶ “I read Flight of the Dove but this remake is AWESOME!  I was so engrossed in the story this time I regretted having to put it down.  I am traveling and have been reading it on my flights.  I am embarrassed to say that I do not remember Jeannette Rankin during the Vietnam protests, probably because I was so clueless back then.  Thanks for letting me know what a doofus I was.  You did great my (and I say so proudly) friend!” Fred Denton, Colorado


¶ “Kevin Giles’ biography, ‘One Woman Against War,’ is a classic. Giles’ impeccable research and superb writing make this required reading for pacifists and women’s rights advocates. Rankin was a woman of the 20th and 21st centuries.” PJ Wright, book reviewer, Montana


Who was Jeannette Rankin? She was the lonely dissenter, a woman committed to follow the dictates of her conscience, regardless of the opinions of others. Daughter of a pioneer Montana family. The first woman elected to Congress. A guardian of democracy and an advocate of human rights and decency. In “Flight of the Dove,” Kevin S. Giles tells of Miss Rankin’s rise to the challenge of social reform, to the driving thankless work of equal suffrage, to the congressional war vote that changed her into an unbending relentless worker for peace for 50 years.


“Flight of the Dove is an excellent account of the life and times of one of America’s most dynamic and inspiring figures … Kevin Giles has done us all a great service by authoring this well-researched and eminently readable account of Jeannette Rankin’s life.”   Mike Mansfield, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader and Ambassador to Japan

¶ “As important to read about as the Roosevelts, the Kennedys, the Lincolns and the Bobby Lees … the book should not be overlooked or taken lightly.”   The Jackson Sun, Tennessee

¶ “An excellent book. I really enjoyed reading Jeannette’s story.”   Bill Yaeger, Intermountain Radio Network.

¶ “Doubtless this new Rankin biography will receive wide readership.”   The Missoulian, Missoula, Montana

¶ “A dramatic account.”   Register-Guard, Eugene, Ore.


Actor, playwright and pacifist Jeanmarie Simpson Bishop wrote of Flight of the Dove:

Flight of the Dove is the most comprehensive of all biographies written about Jeannette Rankin. Giles’ research is astonishing, his journalist’s style keeps the fascinating, heartbreaking and inspiring story moving at the pace of a work of great fiction. When I researched my play about Rankin, the 1980 edition of Flight of the Dove became my template, and the paperback fell apart from my exhaustive reading and re-reading. I eagerly anticipate the new edition.”


Actor and writer Allyson Adams, author of The Rebel and the King, said of Flight of the Dove:

“The Jeannette Rankin biography Flight of the Dove by Kevin Giles changed my life.  Kevin Giles introduced me to the woman who said, “You can no more win a war, then you can win an earthquake.” Kevin was the perfect writer to mine the riches of the First American Congresswoman. Thank you Kevin.

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    • Hi Charlie. It’s not a photo by a painting by artist Sharon Sprung of New York. It was completed in 2005, I believe, and hangs in the U.S. House of Representatives. Thanks for commenting.

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