What readers say

Carol, of Minnesota, said of “One Woman Against War”:

¶ “Every American should read this excellent historical biography; it should be in all school classrooms as well as on public and home library book shelves everywhere. Jeannette Rankin’s tireless fight for suffrage and peace was game-changing for women everywhere, and for all Americans. Author Kevin Giles has brought Rankin into the present as a living and exemplary model of how to apply social justice activism in the political realm while maintaining one’s integrity. He makes the arc of her life and career a riveting read. Her commitment to suffrage, peace, and fair labor practices was always in the interest of the general welfare of the common, ordinary American—a rare, refreshing thing in her time and in ours. Read this book!” Carol, Minnesota

¶ “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.” Sue, North Carolina

¶ “This is an important book to read for those interested in the history of the role of women in US politics, the history of full voting rights in America and the forces that have impeded it, and particularly the path toward women’s suffrage. It gives valuable insight into the changing political climate in the US during the 20th century. It is fascinating as the story of a most unusual character who was unfettered by expectations dictated by class and gender, a woman with some eccentricities and inconsistencies to be sure but unwavering in her commitment against war in any circumstance and to the well-being of women and children. She was largely unpopular in her opposition to World War I, and garnered much criticism about her performance as a law maker, yet ironically elected again in time to be the only member of Congress to oppose America’s involvement in WWII. She was ridiculed by many for her life style and her politics yet seems to have been appreciated as of irrefutable honesty. The account of her life is supported by meticulous research and presents a wealth of detail on many events of the century. As such it will serve as a valuable work of reference. At times it reads like an exhaustive academic paper and at other times a very engaging biography. Rankin is surely someone to know.” Diane, Minnesota

¶ “This book was an eye-opener to me. I was not aware of the important role this remarkable woman played in our country’s history throughout most of the 20th century. Ms. Rankin worked tirelessly as a leader in the women’s suffrage movement and, after that, in the anti-war movement—long before it was fashionable. The first woman elected to Congress in 1916, she was focused, persistent, and courageous—the latter especially evidenced by her historic votes against America’s entry into both world wars. The author’s exhaustive research has certainly increased my knowledge of important events in our nation’s history!” Thomas, North Carolina

Jeannette Rankin

Jeannette Rankin shown when she entered Congress in 1916.

¶ “I found this a great read in many ways. Personally, the years of the Vietnam War are my interest because I lived it. Ms. Rankin showed foresight and predicted the disaster it was. Jeannette Rankin lived and breathed politics. She was born to be an activist. She managed to be the first woman voted into the U.S. House. One quote from that time struck me: ‘Prejudice against Americans of color was rampant.
Opponents of women suffrage found a handy parallel in their opposition to civil rights. Women, like Negroes, had smaller brains. Women, like Negroes, would think emotionally in trying times. Women, like Negroes, would drag inconsequential matters into the serious business of lawmaking.’ She continued her activism through the 1960s. She was a woman whose curiosity was never ending. Her life outside politics was simple and complicated at the same time. This is a well written book, bringing the subject alive. I highly recommend ONE WOMAN AGAINST WAR: The Jeannette Rankin Story.” Nancy, Minnesota

¶ “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, 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


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