Barbara Goldsmith's portrait of suffragette Victoria Woodhull and her times was hailed by George Plimpton as "a beautifully written biography of a remarkable woman" and by Gloria Steinem as "more memorable than a dozen histories."
A highly listenable combination of history and biography, Other Powers interviews the stories of some of the most colorful social, political, and religious figures of America's Victorian era with the courageous and notorious life of Victoria Woodhull - psychic, suffragette, publisher, presidential candidate, and self-confessed practitioner of free love. It is set amid the battle for women's suffrage, the Spiritualist movement that swept across the nation in the age of Radical Reconstruction following the Civil War, and the bitter fight that pitted black men against white women in the struggle for the right to vote.
Peter Gay found Other Powers "Irresistible...this is a biography guaranteed to keep the reader reading." And Gloria Steinem called it "A real-life novel of how one charismatic woman...turned women's suffrage, the church, New York City, and much of the country on its ear."
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Fascinating and seductive
This book ranks close to the top.
The historical density explored in the Victoria Woodhull book is enough to satisfy any historian interested in suffrage, spiritualism, and the backstory to industrial barons, prostitution, religious ferocity, and hypocrisy that was the mid 19th century in America.
As a female, Daly's oration keeps the listener engaged from a woman's point of view.
- Val Sanford
Wow. Just wow.
- Lora S.