Other Powers

  • by Barbara Goldsmith
  • Narrated by Margaret Daly
  • 19 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Fascinating and seductive

Where does Other Powers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book ranks close to the top.

What did you like best about this story?

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.

What does Margaret Daly bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

As a female, Daly's oration keeps the listener engaged from a woman's point of view.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


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- Val Sanford


Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Depends, if the person is interested in the subject, history of woman's suffrage.

What aspect of Margaret Daly’s performance would you have changed?

It was okay.

Did Other Powers inspire you to do anything?

No, not really, just a bit more enlightened about women's suffrage at that time in history.

Any additional comments?

The book was a bit to detailed when it came to names of characters in the book, a bit redundant.

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- H.R. Smith

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-07-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios