My Name Is Jody Williams A Vermont Girl's Winding Path to the Nobel Peace Prize

ISBN-10: 0520270258

ISBN-13: 9780520270251

Edition: 2013

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As Eve Ensler says in her inspired foreword to this book, "Jody Williams is many things--a simple girl from Vermont, a sister of a disabled brother, a loving wife, an intense character full of fury and mischief, a great strategist, an excellent organizer, a brave and relentless advocate, and a Nobel Peace Prize winner. But to me Jody Williams is, first and foremost, an activist."From her modest beginnings to becoming the tenth woman--and third American woman--to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, Jody Williams takes the reader through the ups and downs of her tumultuous and remarkable life. In a voice that is at once candid, straightforward, and intimate, Williams describes her Catholic roots, her first step on a long road to standing up to bullies with the defense of her deaf brother Stephen, her transformation from good girl to college hippie at the University of Vermont, and her protest of the war in Vietnam. She relates how, in 1981, she began her lifelong dedication to global activism as she battled to stop the U.S.-backed war in El Salvador.Throughout the memoir, Williams underlines her belief that an "average woman"--through perseverance, courage and imagination--can make something extraordinary happen. She tells how, when asked if she'd start a campaign to ban and clear anti-personnel mines, she took up the challenge, and the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) was born. Her engrossing account of the genesis and evolution of the campaign, culminating in 1997 with the Nobel Peace Prize, vividly demonstrates how one woman's commitment to freedom, self-determination, and human rights can have a profound impact on people all over the globe.
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 3/12/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 286
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Foreword
Prologue: October 10, 1997
If You Could Be Anyone
What Do You Mean I Can't Be the Pope?
A Special Place in Hell
Claude, Casey, and the Corvair Convertible
V-I-E-T-N-A-M, Marriage, and Mexico
The Making of a Grassroots Activist
The Pamphlet
Boots on the Ground: Sandinista Interlude
Dinner with the Death Squad
I Thought I Wanted a Straight Job-Instead I Got Landmines
Landmines and Love
The Ottawa Process and the 1997 Landmine Ban World Tour
Whirlwind: October 10 to December 10, 1997
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
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