They Went Whistling: Women Wayfarers, Warriors, Runaways, and Renegades

They Went Whistling: Women Wayfarers, Warriors, Runaways, and Renegades

by Barbara Holland

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They Went Whistling: Women Wayfarers, Warriors, Runaways, and Renegades by Barbara Holland

Throughout history there have been women, endowed with curiosity and abundant spirit, who stepped out of the cave, cast off the shackles of expectation, and struck out for new territory. In this ode to bold, brash, and sometimes just plain dangerous women, Barbara Holland reanimates those rebels who defied convention and challenged authority on a truly grand scale: they traveled the world, commanded pirate ships, spied on the enemy, established foreign countries, scaled 19,000-foot passes, and lobbied to change the Constitution. Some were merry and flamboyant; others depressive and solitary. Some dressed up as men; others cherished their Victorian gowns. Many were ambivalent or absentminded mothers. But every one of them was fearless, eccentric, and fiercely independent. Barbara Holland evokes their energy in this unconventional book that will acquaint you with the likes of Grace O’Malley, a blazing terror of the Irish seas in the 1500s, and surprise you with a fresh perspective on legends like Bonnie Parker of “Bonnie and Clyde” fame. With wit, wisdom, and irreverent flair, They Went Whistling makes a compelling case for the virtue of getting into trouble.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307429704
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/18/2007
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 776,345
File size: 393 KB

About the Author

Barbara Holland is the author of several books, including
Endangered Pleasures. She lives in western Loudon County, Virginia.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

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