89th out of 132 books — 31 voters
Clara Barton: Professional Angel
Widely known today as the Angel of the Battlefield, Clara Barton's personal life has always been shrouded in mystery. In Clara Barton, Professional Angel, Elizabeth Brown Pryor presents a biography of Barton that strips away the heroic exterior and reveals a complex and often trying woman. Based on the papers Clara Barton carefully saved over her lifetime, this biography i...more
Paperback, 476 pages
Published December 1st 1988 by University of Pennsylvania Press
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I picked this book up at the little gift shop at the Clara Barton House in Glen Echo, after bringing my parents there for a tour. Truthfully, a voice in the back of my head told me it was an impulse purchase I would later regret. I started it right away so I wouldn't lose interest, and it was actually a very interesting read! I'll quote from one reviewer on the back cover who described the book best: "Irresistible..Clara Barton, compassionate angel, becomes Clara Barton, neurotic, adulterer, car...more
While this is a serious, scholarly book it also reads very well, and it is enjoyable to read an in-depth biography of someone who was posed as a major role model to many of us of a certain age - I don't think she is so posited anymore, in part because there are now a great many strong female role models. Certainly this is someone who had major health and depression problems, yet managed to accomplish a great deal. Her need for personal recognition, as well as an inability it seems to delegate au...more
Elizabeth Brown Pryor is an American historian and diplomat, most recently as senior advisor to the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe of the U.S. CongressMore about Elizabeth Brown Pryor...