Scarlet Sisters

 

The true saga of history's most scandalous sisters, Victoria Woodhull and Tennie Claflin. Their views on sex, marriage, politics, and finance threatened the 19th century white male power structure and shocked the world. Tennie preached the gospel of Free Love to crowds of 10,000 and Woodhull ran for President in 1872. Their blazing feminism astoundingly resonates with today's women's issues. MacPherson notes that these publicity savvy political sisters are a “cross between the Kardashians and Hillary Clinton plus a lot of Bernie Sanders.”


"MacPherson's enchanting dual biography…the epilogue "hammers home that even [today] men use women's bodies as political bargaining chips." - The Washington Post

 

“MacPherson’s fascinating dual biography” of two Victorian feminist firebrands….they continued to  “push for women’s rights--rights that, in the era of  ‘legitimate rape’ and state-mandated ultrasounds,--remain at the center of our political landscape over a century later.” Vogue

 

"MacPherson crusades" for 19th century feminists" Vanity Fair

 

“MacPherson brings these outrageous and inspiring women to brilliant life.” - History Book Club selection

 

"A lively account of the unlikely lives of the 'two most symbiotic and scandalous sisters in American History." New Yorker Website

 

"In this sweeping, engaging new biography, Myra MacPherson chronicles lives that intersected with nearly all of the era’s great themes and famous  figures." Boston Globe

 

“THE SCARLET SISTERS …conversation starter for book clubs...I am going to read it again! It is that good.” BookReporter


Woodhull and her sister Tennessee Claflin made more “headlines than any other women in 19th century America.." The Internet Review of Books

 

"145 Years of Frat Boys on Wall Street: A history of Wall Street Sexism" Salon.com

 

"Sensational...” Booklist

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This 21ST century edition of the classic on the impact of the Vietnam War on Americans reintroduces the haunted voices of the Vietnam era to a new generation of readers. In an illuminating introduction, Myra MacPherson reflects on what has changed, and what hasn't, in the years since these interviews were conducted, explains the key points of reference from that era, and brings the stories of her principal characters up-to-date. The original best selling Long Time Passing was the first mass trade book to examine Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); sadly now a household phrase as continuing wars bring more sorrows.

 

MacPherson's best selling book on the effects of Vietnam on the generation asked to fight that war was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and was a finalist in the Los Angeles Times Book Awards. It has had numerous updated printings.

 

More than a decade after it's publication in 1985, Arnold R. Isaacs, noted authority on Vietnam, author of Vietnam Shadows, wrote "Any approach to the subject of Vietnam's aftermath must begin with Myra MacPherson's ground breaking book. Her book, among the first to break the long national silence on the war, remains one of the most moving and important works on the Vietnam bookshelf."

 

"MacPherson's book belongs with the best of the works on Vietnam, and there has been no better body of war literature that I know of." - Joseph Heller, author of Catch-22.

 

A haunting chorus of voices, a moving deeply disturbing evocation of an era." - San Francisco Chronicle


A brilliant and necessary book ... this stunning depiction of Vietnam's bitter fruit is calculated to agitate even the most complacent American." --Philadelphia Inquirer

 

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2016 Acclaimed documentary “All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception and the Spirit of I. F. Stone is based in part on MacPherson’s book, All Governments Lie: The Life and Times of Rebel Journalist I.F. Stone.

 

"All Governments Lie! is a work equal to its subject—carefully and thoroughly reported, keenly thought out, by turns judicious and appropriately sympathetic… it does equal justice to Stone's life and his work, setting both in a narrative context that will make them intelligible to a generation for whom the 20th century's intellectually and physically murderous strife is receding into murky and attenuated memory." - Los Angeles Times

 

2007 Winner

Sperber Award

Honorable mention Pen-USA Literary Award

 

2006 BEST BOOK

Boston Globe; Rocky Mountain News, Book List.

"More than a biography, it's a study of the press and government." - USA Today

 

MacPherson's lovely biography of the man…is ideally timed for the moment…" - Christopher Hitchens - Vanity Fair

 

“Highly recommended, Remarkable… a biography with an unusually rich content." Chicago Sun Times

 

"A brilliant biography…" - The Seattle Post-Intelligencer

 

"Despite its size, this book is not a door stop, it's a brain stop. Read it!" - Gore Vidal

 

"A valuable book… not only a biography of Stone but a detailed history of government attempts to manipulate public opinion through much of the twentieth century." - Columbia Journalism Review

 

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PURCHASE

IN PAPERBACK NOW

 

Who were the first women to own a stockbrokers firm on Wall Street? Who fought for equal pay for women?

 

Who fought to liberalize draconian divorce laws?

Who fought for women to live with partners without marriage?

Who fought the double standard of prostitutes being jailed while well-heeled clients went free?

Who fought for the rights of women to own their own bodies?

Who fought for rape victims to be taken seriously in courts?

Who was the first woman to run for president?

Who defied convention to become the only woman honorary colonel of a New York black regiment?


They were not of this or even the last century. Feminist trailblazers Victoria Woodhull and sister Tennie Claflin flouted man-made rules and social edicts on every one of these issues. And invaded all male bastions of finance and politics. When? Just five years after the Civil War!


Find out why all reviewers call this wild tale of two outspoken feminists nearly a 150 years ago "timely" and "of the moment?"

 

Read The Scarlet Sisters.

 

Scarlet Sisters

 

THE SCARLET SISTERS: SEX SUFFRAGE and SCANDAL IN THE GILDED AGE

The true saga of history's most scandalous sisters, Victoria Woodhull and Tennie Claflin. Their views on sex, marriage, politics, and finance threatened the 19th century white male power structure and shocked the world. Tennie preached the gospel of Free Love to crowds of 10,000 and Woodhull ran for President in 1872. Their blazing feminism astoundingly resonates with today's women's issues.

 

PRAISE

Myra
Myra with Senator Tom Harkin at book launch!

 

POLITICO Looks at the amazing ride of the first woman to run for president in The Scarlet Sisters: Sex Suffrage and Scandal in the Gilded Age. MacPherson's "look at the sisters' lives is as entertaining as it is sad... Their father, Buck was ...a thief, a child beater, "a one-eyed snake oil salesman who posed as a doctor and a lawyer." ... Tennessee, with whom Victoria would collaborate closely throughout her life, worked as a "magnetic healer"; and both were made to perform as "faith healers" and "clairvoyants who spoke to the dead." Their lives were tumultuous, impoverished, unpredictable and nomadic."

 

ARTICLE IN POLITICO: Carol Felsenthal

 

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"Woodhull and her sister Tennessee Claflin were responsible for more headlines than any other women in 19th century America. They promoted feminist ideals eight decades before Betty Friedan. It's incredible they are forgotten today." The Internet Review of Books

 

"Tennessee Claflin and Victoria Claflin Woodhull 'might in the wrong hands, appear to be quirky caricature out of an episode of Downton Abby,' said Megan O'Gady in Vogue. But the sisters who founded the first female-owned Wall Streetbrokerage mounted a campaign for women's rights that desrves to be remembered for its sweep and savvy. MacPherson captures it all, from the sisters 'shockingy short skirts' to their 'slightly hucksterish brand of charisma.'" The Book List in The Week, April 11 issue

 

"145 Years of Frat Boys on Wall Street: A history of Wall Street Sexism" Salon.com

 

"Are these sisters the most scandalous feminists of all time? MacPherson's new book is about two sisters in the late 1800's but couldn't be more timely." Metro

 

"Sensational...MacPherson gives a detailed portrait of the roller-coaster, rags-to-riches lives of two backwoods country girls, who, seeking to better their own situation, hoped to do the same for women everywhere… " Booklist

 

“Myra MacPherson’s fascinating dual biography” of two Victorian feminist firebrands….they continued to  “push for women’s rights--rights that, in the era of  ‘ligitimate rape’ and state-mandated ultrasounds,--remain at the center of our political landscape over a century later.” Vogue

 

“THE SCARLET SISTERS [is] a livelier and more entertaining look at Woodhull, her family and their exploits than ever presented before.” And “THE SCARLET SISTERS would be an interesting conversation starter for book clubs...I am going to read it again! It is that good.” BookReporter

 

A Short Quiz on the Scandalously Progressive 'Scarlet Sisters' on Biographile

 

"For those who are accustomed to thinking about the leaders of the women's suffrage movement as prim society ladies... Myra MacPherson's new book will surely astonish. MacPherson aims her wit and very sharp pen at a side of the suffrage movement rarely seen in history books, epitomized by the two real sisters, Victoria Woodhull and Tennessee Claflin. she has written a book that every badly-behaved woman – and those who admire them – should read." Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal

 

An excerpt from Scarlet Sisters on PopMatters

 

"Mike Huckabee's worst nightmare: Meet the radical sisters who revolutionized 19th century America" Salon.com

 

"Sensational in every sense of the word" raves Bookpage (which targets Kindle readers)…" A Grand tale presented on a grand scale." About the feminist sisters who took new york city by storm and fearlessly addressed the taboos of the time…"

 

"THE SCARLET SISTERS has everything from history and intrigue, to sex and money A fabulous delight of a read." - Jim Lehrer, former PBS Newshour Host, playwright and author of Top Down; a Novel of the Kennedy Assassination.

"Myra MacPherson's SCARLET SISTERS vividly and entertainingly brings to life a long lost chapter of American history that will surprise anyone who thinks that feminism is a 20th century invention.  It's both a great tale, and a great read." - Jane Mayer, staff writer for The New Yorker and author of The Dark Side

"Ordinarily, one would look to the fiction of Twain or Dickens to find a 19th century tale to match the real-life saga of the sisters Claflin-Woodhull. Happily, Myra MacPherson has rediscovered these proto-feminists whose rebellion against Victorian sexual enslavement and the power of white males captivated and infuriated their contemporaries for good reason and left a mark that resonates today." - Carl Bernstein Pulitzer Prize-winning Journallist, author of A Woman in Charge: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton and All the President's Men  More...

NOW PLAYING

 

All Governments Lie: Truth Deception and the Spirit of I. F. Stone

 

With the issues of media bias and government abuse of powers ever topical, an excellent new documentary--All Governments Lie: Truth Deception and the Spirit of I. F. Stone--has received raves. Oliver Stone is the executive producer and veteran journalist Fred Peabody directed the film.

 

ALL GOVERNMENTS LIE was acclaimed at its international opening at the Toronto International Film Festival, USA premiere in DC and in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and Amsterdam.

 

Today's best investigative journalists- Amy Goodman, Matt Tiabbi, Jeremy Scahill, Michael Moore, Carl Bernstein among them-- tell riveting stories about vital and dangerous investigative work that contrasts sharply with mainstream media shallowness. They were inspired by the 20th century investigative reporter I F Stone and the film is based in part on MacPherson's biography All Governments Lie: The Life and Times of Rebel Journalist I. F. Stone.

 

TRAILER:

https://www.allgovernmentslie.com/film

 

APPEARANCES

2016 Appearances


 

All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, and the Spirit of I.F. Stone

Toronto International Film Festival

Toronto, Canada

Myra MacPherson joined panelists Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!; Nermeen Shaikh, Democracy Now!; Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone; Jeff Cohen, Ithaca College and Fred Peabody.

September 9th

 

All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, and the Spirit of I.F. Stone

Double Exposure - Investigative Film Festival

The National Portrait Gallery

Washington, DC

October 7th 6pm

MacPherson has appeared at prime book festivals and independent stores such as Books and Books in Coral Gables, Fl and Politics and Prose, Washington DC; on PBS-TV, Brian Lamb; NPR, Diane Rehm and others, CNN-TV, and at numerous book clubs. She has also lectured at several universities.

 

CATCH SOME VIDEOS HERE

 

Books and Books

 

CSPAN with Brian Lamb

 


ABOUT

Myra MacPherson

 

Myra MacPherson is an award winning best selling author. The Scarlet Sisters, MacPherson's fifth book, saw a return to the compelling issues of women's rights addressed in her first book The Power Lovers: The Effect of Politics on Political Families.

 

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ADDITIONAL WORK

All Governments Lie!
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Long TIme Passing
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Power Lovers
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She Came to Live Out Loud
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