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Absolute Convictions: My Father, a City, and the Conflict That Divided America

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On October 23, 1998, Barnett Slepian, an abortion provider in Buffalo, New York, was killed by a sniper's bullet. Days later, another local doctor, Shalom Press, received a threat that he was "next on the list." Within hours, the Press family was under police protection, and America's violent struggle over abortion had come to the bl
Paperback, 304 pages
Published February 20th 2007 by Picador (first published February 21st 2006)
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Eyal Press has written a rambling history of his father's reproductive health care work in Buffalo. A stoic, quiet veteran, Dr. Shalom Press came to the US for medical training and ended up staying to open his own OB/GYN clinic. After his colleague Dr.Slepian's murder in 1998 (just the latest in a long string of clinic bombings, provider shootings, and general terrorizing), Dr.Press became the only abortion provider to live in Buffalo.

It contains some great tidbits, because he has intimate acce
Apr 06, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I picked up this book interested in the topic and not entirely making the connection to my own life until I started reading. I grew up near Buffalo (in Rochester, NY), and half of my family is originally from the Buffalo area (and yeah, we're Catholic). On top of that, the events described in the book happened when I was around 10 - 18. Can you believe I don't remember any of it happening? Either I tuned it out or it blended into the overall context in which I grew up - a heavily fundamentalist ...more
Oct 06, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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This is a great book! The author is a journalist, so it is highly readable and easy to understand. It's a very quick read.

Author Eyal Press describes how the city where he grew up, Buffalo, NY, became a major front in the war over abortion, culminating in the death of a doctor who provided abortions, Dr. Barnett Slepian, who was shot in his home in 1998. He includes lots of history and political info about the debate over abortions and the city of Buffalo. One of the most interesting points he
Jun 20, 2007 rated it really liked it
Read this if you're interested in abortion rights, the tactics of pro-lifers, feminism, or Western New York. My friend likened this book to "What's the Matter with Kansas," except in Buffalo. The author's father is an OB-GYN in Buffalo, and one of the few who performed abortions. His colleauge, Dr. Barnett Slepian was murdered by a radical pro-lifer, at his home in Amherst in 1998. This book certainly covers that event in detail, but also spans the abortion debate, both pre- and post-Roe v. Wade ...more
Chad Donnick
May 06, 2012 rated it liked it
I liked it. It had a journalistic approach to the abortion debate. It was interesting to read about the history of the right to choose in Buffalo. I previously had no idea Buffalo was such the center of contention in the overall debate. Being a history nerd, I always enjoy books with historical context to them. Overall, parts of the book infuriated me, but that had nothing to do with the writing style, just the crap that has happened in the last 40 years in the anti-abortion/pro-choice debate.
Sarah Witter
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I found the subject very interesting. I was attracted to reading about the history of Buffalo ( since I know a few people that live in that area) as well as how Buffalo related to the struggle for/against legal abortion. The book is well written and from an interesting perspective. No matter what side of the issue you are on, this book may help you wonder about the families, doctors and women that deal with this subject on a daily basis.
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Feb 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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This is an intelligently written memoir and a good read. Eyal Press grew up in Buffalo NY - his father was an Israeli abortion provider and his mother was a Holocaust survivor. His story is a gripping account of living on the fault lines of culture clashes over abortion and religion and growing up as an immigrant family in America.
Jul 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
While the information I read I found to be quite interesting, at times I felt as if I were reading a textbook rather than a novel about the author and his family.
Jun 01, 2007 rated it it was amazing
An awesome read for those interested in women's issues, abortion, controversy or Western New York.
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May 12, 2009 marked it as never-finished
i started this but never finished. If I can't do it this time I will just give up!
Sep 22, 2009 marked it as abandoned
I don't need to read a balanced look at anti-abortion extremists
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