The Girl I Left Behind: A Personal History of the 1960s (P.S. Series)

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At the height of the Vietnam War protests, twenty-eight-year-old Judith Nies and her husband lived a seemingly idyllic life. Both were building their respective careers in Washington—Nies as the speechwriter and chief staffer to a core group of antiwar congressmen, her husband as a Treasury department economist. But when her husband brought home a list of questions from an FBI file with Judith's name on the front, Nies soon realized that her life was about to take a radical turn. Shocked to find herself the focus...

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Girl I Left behind: A Narrative History of the Sixties

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At the height of the Vietnam War protests, twenty-eight-year-old Judith Nies and her husband lived a seemingly idyllic life. Both were building their respective careers in Washington—Nies as the speechwriter and chief staffer to a core group of antiwar congressmen, her husband as a Treasury department economist. But when her husband brought home a list of questions from an FBI file with Judith's name on the front, Nies soon realized that her life was about to take a radical turn. Shocked to find herself the focus of an FBI investigation into her political activities, Nies began to reevaluate her role as grateful employee and dutiful wife.

A heartfelt memoir and a piercing social commentary, The Girl I Left Behind offers a fresh, candid look at the 1960s. Recounting Nies's courageous journey toward independence and equality, it evaluates the consequences of the feminist movement on the same women who made it happen—and on the daughters born in their wake.

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Editorial Reviews

Jill Ker Conway
“An important book. I know of no book like it.”
Booklist
“Refreshingly candid. . . . Nies’ personal take on the ripple effects of the women’s movement—both on those involved directly and those who followed—is honest and engaging.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061176029
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/2/2009
  • Series: P.S. Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 545,299
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Judith Nies has worked as a journalist, teacher, historian, researcher, and corporate speechwriter. The author of three books, including the classic biography Nine Women, she teaches a course on memoir as history and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

Prologue: Remapping the Sixties xiii

I Expectations

Chapter 1 "They Want You to Answer Some Questions" 3

Chapter 2 The Most Interesting Job in Washington 14

Chapter 3 The Godfather 29

Chapter 4 The Honorable Schoolgirl 50

Chapter 5 History's Clock 75

Chapter 6 The Failure Theory of Success 85

II Hidden History

Chapter 7 Citizen of the World 119

Chapter 8 Honest Work Is Hard to Find 140

Chapter 9 The Good Wife and Other Double Binds 164

Chapter 10 The Rise of the Bra Burners 188

III We Live in a World the Sixties Made

Chapter 11 Extraordinary Times 211

Chapter 12 The Ghost of Marjorie Merriweather Post 241

Chapter 13 Moral Hazard 271

Chapter 14 Leave the Gun; Take the Cannoli 287

Epilogue: Conversations with History 305

Acknowledgments 309

Notes 311

Selected Bibliography 339

Index 345

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