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Myra MacPherson - New Book in March, "The Scarlet Sisters: Sex, Scandal and Suffrage in the Gilded Age"

I have just been made a senior fellow at a small liberal arts college, Juniata. in Pa. at their Baker Institute for Peace and Conflict Issues. My work with Vietnam has led me in an amazing direction, including meeting six outstanding American Vietnam Veterans who now work in Vietnam--living in Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An, Ah Trang, Quang Tri province and Ho Chi Minh City. They are doing great work assisting victims of Agent Orange dioxin poisoning==more lethal than Sarin gas by the way--now found in FOURTH generation children, and land mine victims. Only $200 buys an artificial leg and you can relieve a family caregiver from 24/7 exhaustive duties for just pennies through their program, PROJECT RENEW. PLEASE GO TO THIS WEBSITE TO LEARN ABOUT AND CONTRIBUTE WHATEVER YOU CAN. AND HOPEFULLY WRITE ABOUT IT! I have personal emails for them if any of you writers are interested.

My book, published by 12, the boutique imprint of Hachette Books that does only one book a month, is coming out in March, [hey, what can I say, you wait your turn when it is one book a month] called The Scarlet Sisters: Sex, Scandal and Suffrage in the Gilded Age." It's about Victoria Wodhull and Tennessee Claflin, rambunctious and beautiful, whe became first stockbrokers in the world in 1870, bankrolled by Cornelius Vanderbilt, the richest man in the world who was Tennie's lover. Woodhull ran for president with Frederick Douglass as running mate and Tennie became honorary colonel of a black regiment. They published a radical paper, exposed the alleged adultery of the most famous preacher Henry Ward Beecher, pissed off his sister author of Uncle Tom's Cabin who wrote a scathing roman a clef about them...well it goes on and on...Just returned from Vietnam with a group called Veterans for Peace; including five American veterans who now live in Vietnam, doing God's work about agent orange and mine bomb victims and orphans...An amazing experience. Take care one and all. Myra.

Myra MacPherson's four acclaimed books on international and national subjects are all the more remarkable considering she began her career when women were ghettoized as society page writers. MacPherson managed to invade two male bastions, sports and politics, where she met Molly Ivins and they became fast friends for life. “I loved every page of this book. My God, what fabulous stories—“ said Molly about MacPherson’s latest book, “All Governments Lie”: The Life and Times of Rebel Journalist I.F. Stone “[2006, paperback 2008.] It is acclaimed as a major biography and critique of media relations with government. It won the 2007 Sperber Award for Biography, best book citations from Boston Globe and Book List and was a finalist in Pen-USA Literary Award. MacPherson’s classic, “Long Time Passing: Vietnam and the Haunted Generation” was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, was a finalist in the Los Angeles Times Book Awards and has had numerous updated printings. Joseph Heller, author of Catch-22, wrote: “MacPherson’s book belongs with the best of the works on Vietnam, and there has been no better body of war literature that I know of.” At the Washington Post (1868 to 1991) MacPherson specialized in politics, civil and women’s rights. She covered five presidential campaigns and was known for penetrating profiles of American Presidents, politicians and Nixon’s Watergate conspirators. Her fifth book, “The Scarlet Sisters: Sex, Scandal and Suffrage in the Gilded Age will be published in 2013.


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