A Difficult Woman: The Challenging Life and Times of Lillian Hellman

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Lillian Hellman was a giant of twentieth-century letters and a groundbreaking figure as one of the most successful female playwrights on Broadway. Yet the author of The Little Foxes and Toys in the Attic is today remembered more as a toxic, bitter survivor and literary fabulist, the woman of whom Mary McCarthy said, "Every word she writes is a lie, including 'and' and 'the.'" In A Difficult Woman, renowned historian Alice

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Overview

Lillian Hellman was a giant of twentieth-century letters and a groundbreaking figure as one of the most successful female playwrights on Broadway. Yet the author of The Little Foxes and Toys in the Attic is today remembered more as a toxic, bitter survivor and literary fabulist, the woman of whom Mary McCarthy said, "Every word she writes is a lie, including 'and' and 'the.'" In A Difficult Woman, renowned historian Alice

Kessler-Harris undertakes a feat few would dare to attempt: a reclamation of a combative, controversial woman who straddled so many political and cultural fault lines of her time.

Kessler-Harris renders Hellman's feisty wit and personality in all of its contradictions: as a non-Jewish Jew, a displaced Southerner, a passionate political voice without a party, an artist immersed in commerce, a sexually free woman who scorned much of the women's movement, a loyal friend whose trust was often betrayed, and a writer of memoirs who repeatedly questioned the possibility of achieving truth and doubted her memory.

Hellman was a writer whose plays spoke the language of morality yet whose achievements foundered on accusations of mendacity. Above all else, she was a woman who made her way in a man's world. Kessler-Harris has crafted a nuanced life of Hellman, empathetic yet unsparing, that situates her in the varied contexts in which she moved, from New Orleans to Broadway to the hearing room of HUAC. A Difficut Woman is a major work of literary and intellectual history. This will be one of the most reviewed, and most acclaimed, books of 2012.

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Lillian Hellman (1905-1984) was a brilliant playwright (The Children's Hour; The Little Foxes) and screenwriter, but today she is remembered mostly a memoirist whose works have become drenched into controversy. Indeed, one critical biographer admitted that she provoked obsession in those who wrote about her. The latest and decisively best of those biographers is Alice Kessler-Harris, the Bancroft Prize-winning author of Out to Work. Her title description fits the stubborn, often abrasive Hellman, whose early support of Stalinism later made her the immovable center of widespread post-WWII attacks. Kessler-Harris treats her subject's life as inextricably linked to seismic shifts in American and world culture, an approach that makes Hellman no less difficult, but perhaps much more understandable. Editor's recommendation.

Edward Ash-Milby

Publishers Weekly
Kessler-Harris examines the life of Lillian Hellman to understand why the bestselling author and playwright is both celebrated and reviled a quarter-century after her death. The rich, predatory Southern family in Hellman’s most famous play, The Little Foxes, echoes her mother’s, and her feeling of being a poor relative fed into a lifelong insecurity even after she achieved success. Accused of being a self-hating Jew and an “unrepentant Stalinist,” Hellman challenged traditional women’s roles in her writing career and sexual liaisons with alcoholic, married Dashiell Hammett and many others, but was skeptical about women’s liberation, refusing to be identified with feminist causes. She died in the midst of a scandalous lawsuit accusing her of stealing the life story of Muriel Gardiner—a WWII resistance fighter— in her memoir Pentimento, the basis for the acclaimed film Julia. By grounding Hellman in the multifaceted, politically splintered America of her time, Columbia history professor Kessler-Harris (Out to Work) wonders if the tempestuous, demanding, often rude and vindictive woman might have been judged differently had she not been female, Jewish, and a displaced Southerner who appealed to middlebrows. Although she perhaps lets Hellman off the hook too much, Kessler-Harris offers a nuanced, fair-minded, and engrossing portrait of a controversial but indelible 20th-century personality. Photos. Agent: Zoë Pagnamenta, Zoë Pagnamenta Agency. (Apr.)
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"A brave and fair-minded job of traversing the thicket of -isms surrounding Hellman (Stalinism and Trotskyism, Zionism and anti-Semitism, communism, McCarthyism, cold war liberalism)…For the reasons made clear in this valuable book, when the dust settles, this difficult woman’s reputation will fare better than it did when Kessler-Harris began her Hellman journey."—Victor Navasky, The Nation

"Instead of probing inside Hellman’s character for answers, Kessler-Harris searches outside…the tension between author and subject makes for some interesting reading."—New York Times Book Review "Kessler-Harris meticulously recreates the atmosphere and opinions of the left-leaning intelligentsia in the late ‘30s… Kessler-Harris's tone is consistently even-handed and nonjudgmental; Hellman is never excused for her conduct, for ‘clinging to a false god,’ or her inability to ‘get her facts straight’ but her actions are always painstakingly contextualized…Hellman's life provides Kessler-Harris with a fascinating, idiosyncratic viewpoint from which to dissect the intellectual currents of the 20th century. Kessler-Harris's previous books have been broad studies of women in the industrial age, and here she demonstrates the historian's skill with scope, but also compellingly threads in the minutiae of one woman's attempts to negotiate the ‘sharp turns’ of U.S. culture and politics."—Daily Beast

"Substantive … here’s one good reason why young women especially should care about the lessons offered by Hellman’s life: Hellman, Kessler-Harris emphasizes, continued to be a bold creature of the 1920s long after Betty Boop became domesticated into June Cleaver. She paid dearly for that ‘disorderly conduct.’ Kessler-Harris does a superb job of showing how gendered — even misogynist— the criticisms of Hellman's art and politics were."—Maureen Corrigan on "Fresh Air" and NPR.org

"A Difficult Woman (…) would be worth reading just for its portrait of the mid-20th century politico-cultural cauldron. It would be worth reading for its presentation of Hellman, ‘a juicy character’ and ‘a difficult woman, impassioned, tempestuous, transgressive with regard to gender roles." It would be worth reading, too, for the historical light it sheds on the divisive ferocity of today’s political discussion. That this book combines so many elements reflects its breadth and strength as history, biography, and cultural criticism.—Boston Globe

 "[A] thoughtful book assuring readers that ‘it would be folly to try to capture the ‘real’ Lillian, whoever that is’. Hellman is too slippery a subject and too uncooperative a source for that. Rather, this biography works to answer the question of why Hellman remains such a divisive figure, ‘a lightning rod for the anger, fear and passion’ that divided Americans during an especially fraught ideological time."—The Economist

"The author does an admirable job."—Jewish Book World

 "Alice Kessler-Harris’s nuanced biography (…) acknowledges the elusiveness of her subject while arguing that Hellman’s complexity gets straight to the heart of many of the twentieth century’s ideological battles… Wisely, Kessler-Harris, a Columbia historian, emphasizes Hellman’s social and political contexts, rather than speculating overly much about her personal motivations—contexts that are crucial to understanding Hellman’s seemingly contradictory character, and the point of view of a woman who was simultaneously sidelined and center stage. A historical perspective is the very thing that may redeem Hellman from charges of naïveté, self-aggrandizement (perhaps least forgivable in a woman), and hypocrisy."—Vogue.com

"I don’t know that I have ever read this good a rescue job. Columbia historian Alice Kessler-Harris’s biography of dramatist and screenwriter Lillian Hellman made me feel like a stupid cliché: just another American who knows little of Hellman’s life, and even less of her work, but feels totally comfortably judging her as an unrepentant Stalinist and a compulsive liar… Kessler-Harris has persuaded me that Hellman, for all her lies, was brilliant, courageous and, above all, interesting…a biographer’s job is to understand, not bury, her subject. Alice Kessler-Harris has succeeded."—Mark Oppenheimer, The Forward

"Superb … Kessler-Harris provides in-depth analyses and objective commentary in a seamless, comprehensive biographical portrait … this thoughtfully crafted work of scholarship, supported by extensive research and interviews, illuminates the life and output of a major literary figure as well as the times in which she lived. It will appeal to a wide readership."Library Journal (starred)

"Kessler-Harris offers a nuanced, fair-minded, and engrossing portrait of a controversial but indelible 20th-century personality."—Publishers Weekly

"Kessler-Harris does not present, as she notes in the brilliant introduction, a ‘cradle to grave’ biography. Rather, A Difficult Woman is a series of essays on each part of Hellman’s life—as a playwright ... as a woman ... as a woman considered both ugly and sexy ... as a Jew ... as a sometimes naïve and overly idealistic political firebrand ... and on her generosity and her fabled penny-pinching. And Kessler-Harris places all of her qualities, both fine and infuriating, in the context of the century in which she lived — the momentous changes wrought in an astonishingly short amount of time. This book is not a defense, an apologia. Rather, it is an un-retouched, balanced look at cause and effect…Written by a woman, about a woman, this book is required reading for women…Along with better understanding Miss Hellman, perhaps this new book will revive interest in her great plays, often dismissed as "melodramas," or seen only as politically-themedClearly, I recommend A Difficult Woman."—Liz Smith

"Alice Kessler-Harris makes an excellent case that Hellman represents the complexities and changing mores of the 20th century … The concepts of truth and deception, or betrayal and loyalty, play large roles in her work and this insightful biography, rich with context, shows how they were also themes that defined her life. Not an apologia, but an exploration of nuances, A Difficult Woman gives us an infinitely more complex Hellman than the popular image that has survived her."—Shelf Awareness

"Lillian's Hellman's body may have been in her grave,’ writes biographer Alice Kessler-Harris of her subject's funeral in 1984, long after Hellman's rise to fame—and then infamy –as, among other things, a playwright, a would-be patriot who refused to name names during the fever of McCarthyism, a defender of the USSR, a bestselling memoirist, a mink coat model, and Dashiell Hammett's longtime lover. ‘But quickly it became apparent that she would find no rest there.’ Of the many, many words written about Hellman both during and after her lifetime, truer ones may never have been printed. Truth, as A Difficult Woman (...) demonstrates, is a tricky business where Hellman is concerned."—Barnes & Noble Review

"Kessler-Harris is both a scrupulous historian and a sympathetic interpreter, and her even-handed, clear-eyed approach helps make ceding respect to Hellman a possibility even as her subject threatens to wear out her welcome—high-handedly trumpeting political bromides here, obstreperously haggling with her literary agents there, repeatedly declaring herself affronted by whatever injustice she thought was being visited on her … Kessler-Harris would never say that her subject was a self-aggrandizing blowhard who bulldozed her way through any obstacle that displeased her, but neither does she tamper with the copious evidence that such was often the case. Or shy away from rebuking Hellman for her silence on Stalin, or questioning her refusal to admit that the ‘Julia’ of her memoir Pentimento was a fictional creation based on the life of a woman she had never met … Still, Kessler-Harris succeeds at exonerating her subject. The time may be right. Contemplating Hellman's uncompromised freedom in a moment when blogs written by college-educated mothers read like reruns of the fifties' retreat to domesticity, one is tempted to forgive this difficult woman just about everything."—Capital New York

“An outstanding historical biography… [Hellman’s story] has already been told in several previous biographies, as Alice Kessler-Harris generously acknowledges. So what can she possibly add? Kessler-Harris has plenty to add. While her work does not supersede what has gone before, it deeply enriches the work of others and brings our understanding of Hellman to a much higher level…Written with grace and impeccable scholarship, this is a stirring and enriching performance. Bravo!”—Minneapolis Star Tribune  “A deft and vivid new biography of Hellman… Alice Kessler-Harris is an excellent guide to this fascinating life.”—Charleston Post and Courier  "The reader doesn’t read this book, but experiences it. Ms. Kessler-Harris could have employed any other adjective in her title, but clearly, Lillian Hellman was A Difficult Woman."—New York Journal of Books

"Kessler-Harris is right to argue that the life Hellman led ‘illuminates the world she confronted,’ most importantly the worlds of emerging women and of political fear and contention."—Washington Post

"Kessler-Harris presents a strong thesis … the different perspectives Alice Kessler-Harris provides in this book may pique the intellect and satisfy the reader’s desire for new angles to explore."—Washington Independent Review of Books

"If you want to know how [Lillian Hellman] became legendary, Alice Kessler-Harris's new biography, A Difficult Woman, offers the most evenhanded, searching account to date… Kessler-Harris' clear-eyed study of this irascible, self-dramatizing, impassioned woman provides a sharply focused lens into many of the key issues of the 20th century."—San Francisco Chronicle

"[A] careful, voluminously documented study…some chapters in the book are riveting in their meticulous detail."—Buffalo News

"A hefty examination of one of the 20th century’s most socially scrutinized, politically controversial and creatively frustrated writers…The portrait that emerges is at once riveting and distasteful, with the intelligence of her literary achievements, including The Children’s Hour and The Little Foxes, standing in stark contrast to her affairs with married men and pointed declarations during the Spanish War. As with so many artists, it is in the context of Hellman's work that her innermost convictions, fears, foibles and mettle play out, and Kessler-Harris investigates every play opening, ill-advised sexual dalliance and heated debate with equal bite and nuance…A richly layered portrait of a woman whose literary might and sociopolitical daring continue to demand attention."—Kirkus

"The Hellman who emerges from these pages is dynamic and complex, fraught with contradictions. Indeed, many of those who knew her best testify to the warring forces in her personality…If the purpose of all biography is to separate truth from myth, that task proves particularly challenging in the case of this "difficult woman"—not least because Hellman herself sought to preserve that myth at any cost. But it is challenging also because Hellman, in death has come to symbolize far more than she did in life. If the questions that swirl around her are still unanswerable, it may be less because she was small than because the questions remain so big."—Bookforum “Kessler-Harris portrays a complex woman…Though much has been written about Hellman, readers will enjoy this reexamination of what Kessler-Harris calls a ‘juicy character’ in the rarefied New York literary set, one who led a life filled with sex, scandals, art, and ideas. This biography of one of the most controversial women of the twentieth century, written by an award-winning, renowned historian, sure to receive plenty of critical attention.”Booklist (starred) “It’s been 25 years since the publication of William Wright’s Lillian Hellman, the Image, the Woman; now is time for a reassessment that will grab our imagination.”—Library Journal “This is more than the best biography ever written about a famous and famously controversial playwright and activist. With great empathy and authority, Alice Kessler-Harris uses Lillian Hellman's work and life to illuminate the intellectual and political conflicts of 20th-century America. The distinguished historian makes better sense of Hellman's life than Hellman ever made of it herself.”—Michael Kazin, author of American Dreamers: How the Left Changed a Nation “Whether you are fan of or skeptic about Lillian Hellman, prepare yourself to be deeply engrossed in Alice Kessler-Harris’s excavation of Hellman as a woman and as a subject artfully created by Hellman herself and her contemporaries. Kessler-Harris brilliantly demonstrates that fact and fiction were revealingly intertwined in the life story of A Difficult Woman.”—Lizabeth Cohen, author of A Consumers’ Republic:  The Politics of Mass Consumption in Postwar America “Alice Kessler-Harris offers us a compelling and unabashedly flesh-and-blood portrait of a complex woman who was simultaneously cherished, despised and misunderstood.More than just a biography, A Difficult Woman uses Lillian Hellman's life as a way to explore the often controversial role that writers played in shaping the political life of Hollywood, Broadway, and American society from the anti-fascist struggles of the 1930s through the sexual revolution of the 1960s and beyond.This is a must read for anyone who wants to understand the woman rather than the legend.”—Steve J. Ross, author of Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics "Brilliantly researched and vividly written, Alice Kessler-Harris has gifted us with a splendid biography—relevant and needed—for this embattled moment. Who is American, what is un-American? Who decides? What are the consequences of a life of blunt courage? Or of silence, deceit, passivity? Who are the liars, cowards, hypocrites? These questions, for our time—for all time, are profoundly addressed in this often startling, life and times of Lillian Hellman—forever creative, consistently fearless, a combative playwright and essayist dedicated to civil liberties. She was ‘a difficult woman’—rude, passionate, independent. This is a marvelous read—eloquent, unique, alive with lessons from the 20th century—we all need again to address."—Blanche Wiesen Cook, author of Eleanor Roosevelt, Vols 1 and 2

Library Journal
In this superb biography of Lillian Hellman (1905-84), Kessler-Harris (R. Gordon Hoxie Professor of American History, Columbia Univ.; Out To Work: A History of Wage-Earning Women in the United States) deftly intertwines the playwright's story with that of a continually changing modern culture. She discusses Hellman's early upbringing, personal relationships with Dashiell Hammett and others, plays (e.g., The Children's Hour; The Little Foxes; Watch on the Rhine) and their backgrounds and subtle moral complexities, controversial political views and trouble during the McCarthy era, and turbulent final years. Kessler-Harris provides in-depth analyses and objective commentary in a seamless, comprehensive biographical portrait—one of an often contradictory individual, at once charming and abrasive, talented and insecure, and an advocate of truth who was also publicly accused of lying. The innovative and defiantly independent Hellman is placed at the heart of a social landscape from the 1920s and the Great Depression through the Cold War, Civil Rights Movement, and beyond. VERDICT This thoughtfully crafted work of scholarship, supported by extensive research and interviews, illuminates the life and output of a major literary figure as well as the times in which she lived. It will appeal to a wide readership. [See Prepub Alert, 10/23/11.]—Carol J. Binkowski, Bloomfield, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
A hefty examination of one of the 20th century's most socially scrutinized, politically controversial and creatively frustrated writers. Lillian Hellman (1905–1984) would likely have attained celebrity status through her distinctive renown in any one area of her life—for her literary accomplishments as a fearless playwright, for a series of love affairs with notable men or through her affiliations with highly charged political groups and movements. Kessler-Harris (American History/Columbia Univ.; Gendering Labor History, 2006, etc.), the president of the Organization of American Historians, wisely gets the Dashiell Hammett affair out of the way early on and organizes Hellman's life thereafter not chronologically but around emotional, cultural, intellectual and professional themes. The chapters—e.g., "The Writer as Moralist," "An American Jew" and "A Known Communist"—are deftly interconnected, allowing Hellman's story to evolve organically: her experiences as a young woman falling into one doomed relationship after another, reluctant admissions decades later on a psychoanalyst's couch, pithy testimony in the HUAC hearings and blunt outbursts at her own dinner parties. The portrait that emerges is at once riveting and distasteful, with the intelligence of her literary achievements, including The Children's Hour and The Little Foxes, standing in stark contrast to her affairs with married men and pointed declarations during the Spanish War. As with so many artists, it is in the context of Hellman's work that her innermost convictions, fears, foibles and mettle play out, and Kessler-Harris investigates every play opening, ill-advised sexual dalliance and heated debate with equal bite and nuance. Of particular interest is the author's deconstruction of the complex story surrounding Hellman's title character for the 1977 film Julia. A richly layered portrait of a woman whose literary might and sociopolitical daring continue to demand attention.
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"Lillian's Hellman's body may have been in her grave," writes biographer Alice Kessler-Harris of her subject's funeral in 1984, long after Hellman's rise to fame — and then infamy — as, among other things, a playwright, a would-be patriot who refused to name names during the fever of McCarthyism, a defender of the USSR, a bestselling memoirist, a mink coat model, and Dashiell Hammett's longtime lover. "But quickly it became apparent that she would find no rest there."

Of the many, many words written about Hellman both during and after her lifetime, truer ones may never have been printed. Truth, as A Difficult Woman: The Challenging Life and Times of Lillian Hellman demonstrates, is a tricky business where Hellman is concerned. Her longtime literary and political nemesis Mary McCarthy put it most cleverly, if not best, with her legendary comment to Dick Cavett on the subject of Hellman's trilogy of memoirs in 1980: "Every word she writes is a lie, including 'and' and 'the.' " That single, indelible sentence drove straight to the fragile heart of Hellman's most dearly held and often challenged belief about herself: that whatever her sins, she had always acted honestly and with integrity. It has also clung to our collective perception of Hellman's life as stubbornly as Hellman herself clung to her Stalinist political convictions long after her contemporaries argued she should have known better.

So here we are, decades after her death, still gossiping about what she did and didn't do and who she did and didn't do it with, and guessing at her true (there's that word again) intentions. We ought to know better — Hellman once got a theater critic fired from his post for a bad review of her 1934 play, The Children's Hour, not because he had disliked it but because he had accused her of choosing the title for its "smug sensationalism." "It is not his privilege to interpret my motives or my character," she wrote to his editor, and the poor sap was a goner. It's no doubt to Kessler-Harris's advantage that Hellman isn't around to pounce on her book, which the author describes as a work "about a woman; about the idea of a woman; and about the world that formed and shaped her." In other words, a book that tries to pin down what might have made Hellman act the way she did.

In a sense, though, A Difficult Woman is also a rehabilitation project, which brings us back to those sins. Kessler-Harris wants us to understand that while she's not excusing Hellman's less appealing, and often appalling, behavior — which ranged from the outrageously petty (making her assistants sleep in a tent on the lawn of her Martha's Vineyard summer house rather than in an actual bedroom) to the truly incomprehensible (her support for the Soviet regime into the 1950s, long after Stalin's purges were well known) — there were reasons for all of it. As for our inability to forgive Hellman for things also done by many other writers and intellectuals of her era (not to mention this one if we include the charge of writing semi- fictionalized memoirs), Kessler-Harris attributes that collective refusal to the fact that she was a woman.

Over and over (and, it must be said, over and over again a few times too many), Kessler-Harris reminds us that quite apart from whether or not she was a liar, the way Hellman lived her life — refusing to allow her writing to be changed under any circumstances, picking and choosing sexual partners as she pleased, attaining and maintaining financial independence early on, and losing her temper as often and as viciously as she felt like it — would never have been remarked upon were it not for her gender. (Even Hellman's own agent once told her, by way of a compliment, "You are above all entirely and impressively a lady; yet also a great gentleman.") Nor would her plays, which Hellman intended as "morality play[s] about good and evil," have been so frequently dismissed as a series of melodramas, an opinion still expressed. "Please Miss Hellman," wrote Brooks Atkinson in The New York Times after seeing The Children's Hour, "Conclude the play before the pistol shot and before the long arm of coincidence starts wobbling in its socket."

Intentions and their misbegotten outcomes aside, though, one thing is abundantly clear in A Difficult Woman: while Hellman was far from honest, she knew the truth about certain things. "You have grown up in a country that has possibly come closest to its most dangerous hours," she told Mount Holyoke's graduating class in 1976, "if you believe that the corruption of liberty, the invasion of personal freedom, is the sin of sins, the final sin." It's a reminder that wouldn't be at all out of place in the graduation season of 2012. The truth isn't always precise — except for when it is.

Melanie Rehak is the author of Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her and the food memoir Eating for Beginners.

Reviewer: Melanie Rehak

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596913639
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 4/24/2012
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 1,455,551
  • Product dimensions: 6.54 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Alice Kessler-Harris is the R. Gordon Hoxie Professor of American History at Columbia University, in New York City. She is one of America's most renowned scholars, known for her work on labor and gender history. She is the author of the classic history of working women, Out to Work. Her In Pursuit of Equity: Women, Men, and the Quest for Economic Citizenship in Twentieth Century America won the Joan Kelly, Philip Taft, Herbert Hoover, and Bancroft Prizes. In 2012 she served as President of the Organization of American Historians.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Old-Fashioned American Traditions 16

2 A Tough Broad 35

3 A Serious Playwright 73

4 Politics Without Fear 101

5 An American Jew 137

6 The Writer as Moralist 159

7 A Self-Made Woman 191

8 A Known Communist 234

9 The Most Dangerous Hours 266

10 Liar, Liar 302

11 Life After Death 342

Acknowledgments 358

Notes 361

Bibliographical Guide 421

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2012

    The book is just another apologia for a proven communist stooge.

    The book is just another apologia for a proven communist stooge. Hellman couldn't see the suffering of Russian peasants and would never acknowledge it. She didn't acknowledge that Stalin killed off all competitors in the late 30s. She justified Stalin's participation in the launch of World War II, plus the attack on Finland. Is this book really "truthful"? Go judge.



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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2012

    A wonderful read, thoughtful and thought provoking; enlightening

    A wonderful read, thoughtful and thought provoking; enlightening and affirming. What a great character to discover through this authors work!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2012

    Great book

    What a woman ! Ahead of her time and still is .... really captures not just a life story but connects it to the time frames that shaped a great playwriter

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