With Honor: Melvin Laird in War, Peace, and Politics

With Honor: Melvin Laird in War, Peace, and Politics


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National Jewish Book Award Finalist for Memoir

Professor Jay Ladin made headlines around the world when, after years of teaching literature at Yeshiva University, he returned to the Orthodox Jewish campus as a woman--Joy Ladin. In Through the Door of Life, Joy Ladin takes readers inside her transition as she changed genders and, in the process, created a new self.
With unsparing honesty and surprising humor, Ladin wrestles with both the practical problems of gender transition and the larger moral, spiritual, and philosophical questions that arise. Ladin recounts her struggle to reconcile the pain she experienced living as the "wrong" gender with the pain of her children in losing the father they love. We eavesdrop on her lifelong conversations with the God whom she sees both as the source of her agony and as her hope for transcending it. We look over her shoulder as she learns to walk and talk as a woman after forty-plus years of walking and talking as a man. We stare with her into the mirror as she asks herself how the new self she is creating will ever become real.
Ladin's poignant memoir takes us from the death of living as the man she knew she wasn't, to the shattering of family and career that accompanied her transition, to the new self, relationships, and love she finds when she opens the door of life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780299226800
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 04/02/2008
Edition description: 1
Pages: 648
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Dale Van Atta is the author of TrustBetrayed: Inside the AARP and, with Jack Anderson, Stormin’ Norman: An American Hero. He lives in Washington, D. C.

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“[Laird] exemplifies a magical blend of principle and pragmatism that is sorely needed in our country today.”—President Gerald R. Ford

Table of Contents

Foreword   Gerald R. Ford     ix
Acknowledgments     xv
Prologue     3
The Man from Marshfield     7
Guns and Butter     25
A House Divided     45
Laird Also Rises     63
Cloud Riders     78
Into the Quagmire     94
Fight Now, Pay Later     108
The Resurrection of Richard Nixon     126
Looking for an Exit     147
Off the Menu     173
Going Public     201
Dueling Machiavellis     216
Ending the Draft     234
Objections Overruled     256
Black September     271
Friends in High Places     285
"Management by Walking Around"     305
Minority Report     323
The Secret War     338
The Hawks Have Flown     365
Withdrawal Symptoms     382
Easter Offensive     402
No Time for Quitters     419
Watergate     435
Picking a President     453
Kitchen Cabinet     467
A Second Career     483
War and Peace and War     500
Another Vietnam?     518
Epilogue     531
Notes     533
Bibliography     603
Index     615

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