Did you know? Because we didn't: In 1975, 45-year-old Sara Jane Moore became the only woman ever to fire a bullet at a U.S. president. What's more, she did it in San Francisco, right in front of the St. Francis Hotel.
(Epilogue: She was paroled early last year.)
In Taking Aim at the President: The Remarkable Story of the Woman Who Shot at Gerald Ford, author and onetime Moore confidante Geri Spieler draws a fairly straightforward map of the facts.
Moore was intensely crazy in a million ways, but the story is written in the voice of a trained and responsible journalist, not a tabloid screech.
Spieler's understanding of radical left-wing politics is distractingly lame — Moore was deeply involved in a number of Bay Area groups — but otherwise, the book is pretty hard to put down.
Causes Geri Spieler Supports
Gobal Tolerance, Village Harvest, harvesting produce for the homeless and hungry. American Lung Association, Big Brothers and Big Sisters,