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Failure is Impossible: Susan B. Anthony in Her Own Words

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  94 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Juxtaposed with contemporary reports and biographical essays, the words of this legendary suffragist reveal Susan B. Anthony as a loyal, caring friend, and an eloquent, humorous crusader. "More than a collection of well-arranged quotations, the work informs, inspires, and gives historical perspective".--The Houston Post. 33 photos & illustrations.
Paperback, 416 pages
Published January 30th 1996 by Times Books(NY) (first published 1995)
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Jan 05, 2013 Kipi rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All Americans
Most of us (both men and women) who take the right to vote for granted have no way to comprehend the struggle it was for those who fought and won that right. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Susan B. Anthony's own words from the beginning of her work with her friend Elizabeth Cady Stanton in the mid 1800s to her death in 1906. As a secondary school student, I know that her name was mentioned occasionally, but I had no appreciation of the dedication and determination of this remarkable woman who was ...more
Mary Cook
Thank you Lynn Sherr for giving us this compelling biography of our first woman politician in America.
A. S.
I am a feminist. It doesn't mean that I'm a man-hater, it just means that I believe that women should have equal rights as men. I'm a huge believer in a sisterhood: I did reports on the suffragists (including Susan B. Anthony herself) when given free projects at school and I was a member of the Girl Scouts all the way through Seniors. But in all that time, I never gave serious thought to what it must have been like to actually not have those rights. Being a trailblazer is difficult because you l ...more
Very thorough, flowing writing. Honest portrayal of her contribution for women. Her tenacity & strength always intense.

The following is a quote that that speaks of her vision for the future that I find very intriguing.

"The women of the Twentieth Century will be the peer of man. In education, in art, in science, in literature; in the church, the state; everywhere she will be his acknowledged equal, though not identical with him. We cannot begin to see the good of this recognition.

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The author Lynn Sherr took a collection of speeches, letters, and quotes by Susan B. Anthony. This book goes over all the aspects of her life.
There are a lot of things I liked about this book - it really helped me understand the complete dedication Susan B. Anthony had towards the suffrage movement. There were offshoots that I found very interesting - about her helping prostitutes, abused women and children, slaves, being in favor of women wearing pants, and all sorts of interesting topics in between. I found that this is a good compilation of her speeches and a wonderful historical overview. I guess from a 'reading' perspective, it b ...more
Carol C
I read this book in 1995 when it was released, so I don't remember very specific details. I do remember thinking that she was an amazing and important woman and that Lynn Sherr did SBA's story and legacy justice. It is now on my re-read list since a friend's 9 year old daughter, upon looking at her U.S. presidents placemat asked, "where are the girl presidents?". Maybe Hilary in 2016.
A collection of some of the writings of Susan B. Anthony, one of the grande dames of the suffrage movement. It was slow going, but fascinating stuff. I really felt like I got to know her--her tenacity and courage and wit and just sheer stubbornness. Highly recommended, especially for those interested in women's history.
Susan B. Anthony has always been my heroine. But in English when we had to do an oral report on a biography we read, I automatically thought of reading a book on Susan B. Anthony. This book made me realize that she was so much more than a feminist. I have a completely new respect for this amazing women of American history. :)
This is a book you can read over time - I read it off an on over a six month period. In a time when it seems like our vote doesn't matter and the tendency is to just not bother, this was a great reminder to not take the right to vote lightly.
so far i have read her introduction and the first 6 chapters and so far it is really good actually. Because she has been through her father diying and her mother having a nother child. she was born with a twin sister but she died at birth
Anything mostly compiled of Anthony is excellent, and Sherr--wisely--interjected with very little, and that which she did interject mostly delved into or darned the edges of already biographical detail spoken by Anthony heresef.
A good one to pick up and read portions of the book at your leisure. It really makes you appreciate what an incredible woman Susan B. Anthony was and how much women owe her and those who fight for the right for women to vote.
Jun 28, 2007 Syd rated it 4 of 5 stars
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I was amazed by Susan's stamina when I read this book. I had no idea how old she was when she was traipsing around the country. Quite possibly one of the best books about determination I've ever read.
I loved reading the primary sources in this book. It added so much to the personal story behind the woman of history who I admire.
Lisa F
I found this difficult to read between the quotes, speeches, letters and the author's introduction or summary.
Danielle Spalenka
An excellent source for learning all about the life of Susan B. Anthony.
Jun 17, 2011 Inga added it
Interesting and can be read in pieces---but very long.
Maria Raha
Susan B.'s a lot more radical than you might think.
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Persist, hope, believe, organize, achieve.
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Broadcast journalist and writer Lynn Sherr has been swimming since she was a toddler, learning first by watching frogs in a Pennsylvania lake. She has since expanded both her strokes and her waterways. For more than thirty years, she was an award-winning correspondent for ABC News. She is the author of many books, including Tall Blondes: A Book about Giraffes; Outside the Box: A Memoir, and Failur ...more
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