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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Cynthia Q. Woods, RN, PhD (University of Kansas School of Nursing)
Description: This interesting book is one of a large series, Contributions in Women's Studies. It is a biography "both sympathetic and critical" of Clara Barton, one of the heroines of 19th-century America. Barton was best known as the "Angel of the Battlefield" during the Civil War and as founder of the American Red Cross.
Purpose: This book fulfills its purpose to present a scholarly and objective account of the life of Clara Barton, 1821-1912.
Audience: The target audience includes students of women's studies, nurses, and those interested in the Civil War, Red Cross, and 19th-century humanitarian efforts. The author is a credible scholar and makes a concise, readable, and analytic addition to the literature.
Features: Barton's long, active life is logically presented and carefully documented in seven chapters, each with endnotes. Both primary and secondary sources are skillfully used and included in a comprehensive bibliography. There are no illustrations.
Assessment: The author analyzes events that put Barton in the ranks of two great reforms, women's rights and human rights, and that drew her to service in wars and peacetime disasters worldwide for more than 50 years. This book is not only an interesting biography of a complex, celebrated humanitarian but a valuable insight into her times and their similarity to ours.