The Girl I Left Behind: A Narrative History of the Sixties

The Girl I Left Behind: A Narrative History of the Sixties

by Judith Nies

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At the height of the Vietnam War protests, twenty-eight-year-old Judith Nies and her husband lived a seemingly idyllic life. Both were building their respective careers in Washington—Nies as the speechwriter and chief staffer to a core group of antiwar congressmen, her husband as a Treasury department economist. But when her husband brought home a list of questions from an FBI file with Judith's name on the front, Nies soon realized that her life was about to take a radical turn. Shocked to find herself the focus of an FBI investigation into her political activities, Nies began to reevaluate her role as grateful employee and dutiful wife.

A heartfelt memoir and a piercing social commentary, The Girl I Left Behind offers a fresh, candid look at the 1960s. Recounting Nies's courageous journey toward independence and equality, it evaluates the consequences of the feminist movement on the same women who made it happen—and on the daughters born in their wake.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061865817
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/13/2009
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 26,827
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Judith Nies has worked as a journalist, teacher, historian, researcher, and corporate speechwriter. The author of three books, including the classic biography Nine Women, she teaches a course on memoir as history and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Remapping the Sixties     xi
"They Want You to Answer Some Questions"     3
The Most Interesting Job in Washington     14
The Godfather     29
The Honorable Schoolgirl     50
History's Clock     75
The Failure Theory of Success     85
Hidden History
Citizen of the World     119
Honest Work Is Hard to Find     140
The Good Wife and Other Double Binds     164
The Rise of the Bra Burners     188
We Live in a World the Sixties Made
Extraordinary Times     211
The Ghost of Marjorie Merriweather Post     241
Moral Hazard     271
Leave the Gun; Take the Cannoli     287
Epilogue: Conversations with History     305
Acknowledgments     309
Notes     311
Selected Bibliography     339
Index     345

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