Just over 30 years ago, one American woman nearly brought the country to its knees.
In 1975, Sara Jane Moore fired a shot at President Gerald Ford, and barely missed. The first woman to ever fire a bullet at an American President, Sara Jane had built a life for herself that is both profoundly disquieting and complicated. Released from prison in December of 2007, Sara Jane is now a free member of society again, but to the general public she’s still as much of a mystery as she was the day her name became front page news. In journalist Geri Spieler’s new book, TAKING AIM AT THE PRESIDENT [Palgrave Macmillan/ PUB DATE: Jan 12th, 2009/ Hardcover/ 0-230-61023-4], the woman the American public could only wonder about for the last 33 years, Sara Jane Moore, is finally revealed.
This is far from a typical biography. Spieler’s relationship with Sara Jane spanned an incredible three decades, beginning when Sara Jane requested to meet Spieler in prison after reading an article of hers in a local paper. From that point on, Spieler corresponded with and made regular visits to Sara Jane, gaining unprecedented personal access to a mind that is rife with ambiguity, cunning and a chilling ability to manipulate.
Spieler’s one-on-one experiences as Sara Jane’s confidante, combined with years of independent research, deliver an intimate psychological portrait of a housewife turned would-be assassin, at the same time granting readers a rich snapshot of the 1960-70s, one of America’s most turbulent eras of cultural and political awakening.
Causes Geri Spieler Supports
Gobal Tolerance, Village Harvest, harvesting produce for the homeless and hungry. American Lung Association, Big Brothers and Big Sisters,