"Writing this book is the second most difficult thing I have ever done, next to burying Casey."On April 4, 2004, Cindy Sheehan learned that Casey, the eldest of her four children, had been killed in Iraq, where he was serving in the United States Army. After struggling through crippling grief for three weeks, she came to an epiphany: "I will spend my life trying to make Ca"Writing this book is the second most difficult thing I have ever done, next to burying Casey."On April 4, 2004, Cindy Sheehan learned that Casey, the eldest of her four children, had been killed in Iraq, where he was serving in the United States Army. After struggling through crippling grief for three weeks, she came to an epiphany: "I will spend my life trying to make Casey's sacrifice count for peace and love, not killing and hate.""Peace Mom" is the heartfelt and profoundly moving story of Cindy's journey to activism. She recounts the dark days following Casey's death, when it seemed her life would never have meaning again. She tells of her June 2004 meeting with President Bush, and how that encounter ultimately set her on a path that would take her to hearings in the Capitol, test old friendships and family ties, and culminate outside Crawford, Texas, in a monthlong peace action that would draw thousands of supporters and worldwide attention.Here are the stories Cindy has never shared before about her own experiences at the center of a media firestorm, the life-altering events that were sparked by her simple act of defiance one hot August day in Texas. Going behind the headlines and sound bites, Cindy writes candidly about the toll her activism has taken on her own life and her family, as well the unforeseen rewards her quest for peace has brought. Through days of rage, despair, laughter, and tears, Cindy has found ways to celebrate the life of her son Casey and give meaning to his death. Her story points the way to a future of peace and justice for the world and for our children.Heartrending and powerful, "Peace Mom" is at once an honest account of one woman's triumph over loss and a clarion call to all those who wonder if they can make a difference....
|Title||:||Peace Mom: A Mother's Journey through Heartache to Activism|
|Number of Pages||:||256 Pages|
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Peace Mom: A Mother's Journey through Heartache to Activism Reviews
In spring of 2000, twenty-one year old Casey Sheehan returned home and announced that he had joined the United States Army. His surprised parents asked him why. Confused, he said, 'I thought I was supposed to.'Casey joined the army on the Delayed Entry Program. Enticed by the recruiter's promises of college, being a chaplain's assistant, and never seeing combat, Casey thought he could help his country and be of service to his fellow soldiers. The recruiter broke every promise he made. On April 4, 2004, Casey was killed in combat just five days after he arrived in Iraq. His mother knew - even in the deep shock and pain she felt on learning that her son was dead - that she was not going to be a good scout. A gold star was not a good trade for sacrificing her son's life.Cindy Sheehan tells the story of Casey's life and her desire to make his death stand for something other than war. This is an honest and touching account of her love for her son and the disillusionment she felt for the government who put him and other soldiers in harm's way for Weapons of Mass Destruction that never existed. A soccer mom turned activist, Sheehan helped publicize the peace movement, which was getting little coverage from the press, into the news.
Heartbreaking memoir from a "gold star" mother. The death of her son in Iraq motivates Cindy Sheehan to join the anti-war movement (sort of like how the death of a child in a drunk driver accident motivates mothers to join MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Drivers)). Very emotionally moving book.
What are you willing to lose? This made me look at war and sacrifice in a whole new way.