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Mary Edwards Walker: Above and Beyond

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Mary Edwards Walker (1832-1919) defied the conventions of her era. Born and raised on a farm in Oswego, New York, Walker became one of a handful of female physicians in the nation-and became a passionate believer in the rights of women.
Despite the derision of her contemporaries, Walker championed freedom of dress. She wore slacks-or "bloomers" as they were popularly known
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published June 1st 2005 by Forge Books
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Trudy Pomerantz
Jul 24, 2015 Trudy Pomerantz rated it really liked it
Shelves: biographies, history
I enjoyed this book for a number of reasons. I found the subject interesting although, as mentioned early in the book, not a huge amount is known about her life since she did not keep a diary and only occasional records and other writings. As a result, the author sketched in a lot of background detail on what was going on societally and in the Civil War. I thought this was effective since it gave the story context and was a good introduction to the time. Many biographies assume that you have an ...more
May 03, 2015 George rated it liked it
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Biography of an unusual and fascinating American woman who was a medical doctor during the American Civil War--the only recipient of the Medal of Honor. Turned away at every try, she volunteered and persisted to become a war surgeon and was thwarted by male MDs who did want a woman in that role. There is little written that survives on her, she did not write a diary for instance, so was the author factual? From the author's conclusions, I learned a lot about 19th century USA while listening to t ...more
Nicole Marble
Feb 20, 2014 Nicole Marble rated it liked it
A biography of an unusual and fascinating American woman who was a medical doctor during the American Civil War and was a winner of the Medal of Honor.
Poorly written and worse read - it is still an interesting story.
Oct 20, 2012 Jeanne rated it really liked it
Mary Edwards Walker was an extraordinary woman of immense fortitude and energy, who only wanted to be a medical doctor any way that she could. So Mary joins the ranks of Civil War doctors only to be treated (by upper brass) as an irritating claimant to a position she had no right, as a woman, to attain. Mary was given the Medal of Valor, had it rescinded, and reinstated decades later. Mary is a woman who helped blaze a trail for future women, sadly, that trail closed up behind her and women cont ...more
Feb 19, 2014 Cordelia rated it it was amazing
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The book itself is about 4 stars, but Mary Edwards Walker is 5 stars.
Dr. Mary Edwards Walker was a rebel in her day who led and an exceptional life which unfortunately was not fully appreciated until after her death. Although she has an amazing story, this book did not do it justice. It was poorly written and based on the author's best guesses of what happened during chunks of this woman's life not actual fact.
Feb 27, 2013 Cindy rated it it was ok
Shelves: civil-war, biograhpy
The author had loess to say about the subject and more to say about people and events surronding the true make up of this complicated woman. I will not not recommend this book to others.
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