Surviving Intimate Terrorism

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Hedda Nussbaum, battered and bruised after years of domestic torture by her live-in partner, Joel Steinberg, was abruptly thrown into the public spotlight in November 1987 after Steinberg assaulted and killed their daughter, Lisa. This book tells the painful story of Hedda's 12 years with Steinberg, how she went from quiet book editor to notorious battered woman blamed for her daughter's death because she didn't "get out" soon enough. But, as the title suggests, Hedda not only survived the double abuse, but grew ...
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Overview

Hedda Nussbaum, battered and bruised after years of domestic torture by her live-in partner, Joel Steinberg, was abruptly thrown into the public spotlight in November 1987 after Steinberg assaulted and killed their daughter, Lisa. This book tells the painful story of Hedda's 12 years with Steinberg, how she went from quiet book editor to notorious battered woman blamed for her daughter's death because she didn't "get out" soon enough. But, as the title suggests, Hedda not only survived the double abuse, but grew strong in the process and went on to become an advocate for other battered women - writing and speaking, teaching women how to stay out of and/or to survive intimate terrorism. In her Prologue, Ms. Nussbaum states the book's primary purpose: "I pray that my story be an inspiration to women to see the truth before it's too late and to use their inner strength to save their own lives and those of their children. If this book saves just one child or one mother, I will be content. If it saves even more, I will be fulfilled." Ms. Nussbaum is a former senior editor at Random House and the author of the children's books Plants Do Amazing Things and Animals Build Amazing Homes.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781468086768
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/1/2012
  • Pages: 364
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2008

    An Inspiring Story

    Hedda Nussbaum was brutally battered for years. she attempted to leave several times, but fitting the abused women's pattern, she returned each time. Eventually, Ms. Nussbaum was so battered and brainwashed that she was unable to save her six-year-old daughter, Lisa, from death after their abuser hit the child. I'm repeating this information from the book because, in spite of the abuse perpetrated against her, and in spite of her losses (she also lost her adoped son to his birth mother), Hedda not only survived, but has gone on to help other battered women and their children by writing, speaking and working with abused women. She is truly an inspiration. Any woman who has been abused can profit from reading this book. I certainly did. I was able to see how someone SO badly abused can turn the tables on fate and become healthy and go on to help others.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2006

    Outstanding!

    Finally the true story of what happend to Hedda Nussbaum! This is an excellently written book that lets the reader understand what it's like to live with an abusive partner. Through it I learned how the author was repeatedly beaten, starved and brainwashed by her abuser so that she was unable to save the life of the child she adored, although she certainly attempted to. Before I read this moving account, I blamed Ms. Nussbaum for the death of her daughter. But now that I have insight and understanding of what she went through and how she's tried to turn this terrible tragedy into a way to help others, I applaud Hedda Nussbaum.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2005

    A MUST read!

    I couldn't put this book down. These horrible abuses happened . . . and are happening now in many many homes . . . and the victims are being convinced it is their fault. If one tiny part of you even thinks, for a second, that you might be (or have been) a victim . . . read this book. The abuse always escalates! Evil people . . such as Joel Steinberg NEVER take responsibility . . Instead they blame, rage, project, lie, punish, and gaslight etc. and the poor loving women are left confused and trying harder to please an INSANE 'GENETIC MISTAKE'. The victims of abuse (like Hedda) are in fact, the strong ones. . . The psychopaths (like Joel Steinberg), are in fact the weak ones. I believe it is well past time to shine a bright light on these DEMENTED SUB-HUMAN BEINGS and how sick and evil they will get. This book does that

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2005

    A Must Read: An Honest,, Intimate and Well Written Account by Hedda Nussbaum

    This book, from Hedda's point of view, at last gives her the voice she needs to tell her story. She speaks with honesty, pain, compassion, and love. The reader learns how she descended into 'hell', and managed to recover and then go on to help other women. She writes extremely well and the book is readible and literate. A must read for all women and for men too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2005

    A story that needs to be heard...

    You MUST read this book. Hedda's story makes the face of domestic violence real, and her courage inspires us all to get involved. This book goes beyond the media circus and tells the real story of a woman's struggle to live with the demons of her past, and not only survive, but triumph. Hedda is an inspiration to every woman who has lived through domestic violence, and challenges us all to change the system. Her story needs to be heard. Share this book with every woman you know, and let Hedda's journey be a beacon to others who are finding their way through their own intimate terrorism.

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