Cindy Sheehan lost her son, Spc. Casey Austin Sheehan, in an ambush in Sadr City, Baghdad, in early 2004. As information became available revealing that the war in Iraq was based on lies, she began speaking out against it and demanding the troops come home. In August 2005, she went to Texas, to ask President Bush to explain “the noble cause” for the war he cites in his speeches, and her efforts attracted thousands to create Camp Casey, and drew worldwide attention. This anti-war movement book is a clear, well-written statement of her case against the war and her plea for ending this senseless adventure.
Equal parts compelling memoir and call to action, Not One More Mother’s Child tells in Sheehan’s distinctive voice how historical events and personal tragedy transformed her from grieving mom to ardent activist.
Cindy Sheehan is a moving writer and vibrant storyteller. During her first year of activism, she chronicled her thoughts and actions, and now she shares them for the first time in book form. Reflecting on war and peach, truth and accountability, she takes the Bush administration to task for it’s corruption and incompetence and tells the story of her own journey from grieving mom to ardent activist. Cindy Sheehan is founder of Gold Star Families for Peace.
“I support Cindy Sheehan in everything she does, whether it’s running for Congress, or the president of the U.S. She’s a great American, not afraid to stand up for what she believes in.”
– Willie Nelson
“More than any other single person, [Cindy Sheehan] changed the discourse about the war. She put a middle-American face on the antiwar movement at a time when it was widely caricatured as a ragtag collection of hippies, Stalinists, and movie stars. She forced the media—and the country—to acknowledge that antiwar feeling was widespread and growing and included even red staters, even military families. By her simple demand that Bush meet with her and explain why her son died, she pointed out the president’s evasions and befuddlement and arrogance—the ban on photographs of coffins, his seeming lack of concern for the deaths of soldiers, his basic refusal to engage. No matter that she sometimes seemed to be conducting her political education in public. She was a mother wrenched out of her ordinary life by tragedy—that is a very powerful and inspiring symbolic role.”
–Katha Pollitt, San Francisco Chronicle, August 23, 2007
“What Cindy has done for our country is just miraculous and a mighty blessing. A thaw is felt throughout the land. People have started to speak, and their voices are being heard.”
“If anyone wonders why Cindy Sheehan has emerged as perhaps the single most galvanizing figure in the antiwar movement in America, they have but to hear her speak or better yet read her new book, Not One More Mother’s Child. Reading her book, one quickly understands the magnetism, the electricity she has generated in the peace movement. She speaks with a clarity, directness, and authenticity that remind us of how hungry we are for such voices in American politics.”
—Lewis Klausner, C-SPAN Book TV
“There is a rhythm and tempo in her prose which recalls the great epic writers of Greece. She has a gift of candor and directness and epic simplicity. Cindy … is a born writer.”
—Dario Fo, Winner of Nobel Prize for Literature
“(Cindy is) more informed than most U.S. Congress people.”
—Chris Matthews, on Hardball
“Cindy Sheehan is a witness in the great tradition of Rosa Parks, Fannie Lou Hamer, and Harriet Tubman.”
—Reverend Jesse Jackson, quoted in The Village Voice
“Cindy Sheehan is the eloquent heart of the peace movement. To understand why, and why she will prevail, read this book.”
—Lew Rockwell, LewRockwell.com
“Cindy’s is the final tear for the overflow and you can’t stop running water.”
“Cindy is every soldier’s mother. If my mom was doing what Cindy Sheehan is doing, I would want someone like me to support her.”
—Sean O’Neill, Iraq Veterans Against the War
“It is time for true patriots to stand in solidarity with Cindy Sheehan.”
—The Capital Times, Madison, Wisconsin