By Geri Spieler

"I'm now not sorry I tried...if winning, the assassination...just may need prompted the type of chaos which could have began the upheaval of change." --Sara Jane Moore in 1976Journalist Geri Spieler met would-be murderer Sara Jane Moore whereas she used to be in felony; Taking goal on the President relies on over twenty years of interviews in addition to independant examine. Spieler follows Moore's activities from her adolescence in a small West Virginia city to her unencumber from legal in December 2007. Moore's existence was once by no means traditional, and alongside the best way she entered and dropped out of the army, was once married 5 occasions, and used to be either a political radical and an FBI informant. concentrating on the complicated psychology and motivations of a quintessentially determined housewife and the one girl to ever hearth a bullet at an American president, Spieler promises a nuanced portrait of an elusive individual and a desirable glimpse again at a turbulent interval in American historical past.

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Sara Jane felt taken care of at first, as she connected with Willard, infant Frederic in hand, but she eventually found his protective- CHANGING TIMES 59 ness suffocating. Willard was enchanted by Sara Jane’s wit and her candor, but these same traits later led to constant confrontations between them. After the separation, and during a long and rancorous battle over the terms of a divorce, Sara Jane and Frederic continued to live in Willard’s house, while Willard moved into a nearby condominium.

At the end of a semester in nursing school, instead of signing up for classes for the following term, she abruptly dropped out and joined the Women’s Army Corps (WAC). The WAC was formed by Congress in 1942 to allow women to enter the military in noncombat positions. Her parents were puzzled by this sudden change of heart, but Sara Jane gave no explanation. When Sara joined, service in the WAC consisted of relieving thousands of men of their clerical assignments. The WAC women performed jobs such as radio operator, electrician, and air traffic controller.

Anderson, a noncommissioned officer at Carlisle. Sara Jane married him in spite of the fact that marriage would bar her from OCS. The fainting spells culminated on a beautiful spring day in 1950. C. was aglow with cherry blossoms. Twenty-year-old Sara Jane, alone and out of uniform in a neatly tailored light pastel spring suit, had joined a public tour of the accessible part of the White House. At the end of the tour, she walked slowly away from the tour group and across the White House lawn—and dropped to the ground, apparently in a dead faint.

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