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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Counterpoint (Oct. 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781582434537
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582434537
  • ASIN: 1582434530
  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 15.6 x 22.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 703 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #559,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By Dana TOP 500 REVIEWER on Oct. 17 2011
Format: Paperback
Confession time - before I was introduced to this book, I had no idea who Jessica Mitford was. Having read the book, I am sad I have spent so long without knowing her. What an interesting, energetic and involved character she was! Leslie Brody has done an amazing job of capturing Jessica (or Decca, as she was called). There is nothing dry or boring about either the woman or the book. This biography is well written, easy to follow and read, and interesting. There are also pictures. I happen to love pictures in biographies. My favorite is at page 214. It is a picture of Decca at age 5 looking defiant, stubborn and immovable - a foreshadowing of the woman she would become.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
forget about this book, get Hons and Rebels, A Fine Old Conflict instead Nov. 28 2011
By m morrissey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a pale summary of what Jessica "Decca" Mitford Rommily Treuhaft provided herself in the way of autobio.

Really .... a waste of money, go for the originals! Far better written, far more engaging.

I very much regretted reading this book after "Hons and Rebels" and before reading "A Fine Old Conflict" as such was the way in which to have its weaknesses utterly shown up. blah!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A Welcome Book, Long Overdue Oct. 20 2010
By Jaylia3 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Besides her own memoirs, which are limited in scope, we could only catch glimpses of Jessica in earlier books that are more about her sisters. Jessica is fascinating, a droll gadfly and jester who used her wits and endless energy to promote civil rights, uncover corruption and generally help the downtrodden, but even into adulthood latent communist sentiments meant she didn't mind stealing--jiggery pokery she called it--from people or institutions she felt had more than they needed. Reading about her exploits creates an irresistible sort of mental frisson because she was both superbly inspiring and spectacularly thoughtless, even cruel. At nineteen she ran away to Spain with her soon-to-be husband to fight the fascists, which was wonderful for the people and the cause she was able to help, but devastating to her family who had no idea where she was or what had happened to her. Maybe because less has been written about her later life I especially enjoyed the last sections of the book. By that point it was definitely a page turner for me--I couldn't put it down. If you've already read other Mitford books the first chapters may drag a little. POISON PENMANSHIP, a collection of Jessica's muckraking investigative reporting, was reissued this year and if you have both books you can follow along, reading her essays as they are covered in this biography.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Well written summary Dec 29 2012
By Austenesque - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
There was very little new material material for me, and at times this felt more like an edited version of her life. Brody writes well and the jumble of life events, but particularly Decca`s flight to Spain, are organized well. Seemed well researched. Some aspects of Decca`s life seemed a bit neglected. Halfway through I got a little bored as I'd read much of this in prior Mitford books. Not as in depth as I was hoping for but I did read it with relish as the subject is a fascinating character.
On the whole, this was an enjoyable read, although not as much as reading the actual letters.

WHY DO THEY OMIT THE PHOTOS IN THESE EBOOKS????
My biggest gripe with this book
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
This book lives up to its subject! Oct. 6 2010
By Alisa S. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
...which is a tall order! Jessica Mitford lived in tempestuous times, and did and saw so much; Leslie Brody's book captures the spirit not only of the Spanish Civil War, the early days of the Communist Party in America, and the civil rights struggle, but also Mitford's state of mind and decisions. Why would a fun-loving, principled activist stay in the party during the Stalin era? This book doesn't just explain why, it shows why, without ever preaching or overstating. It also reads like a novel, and isn't afraid to be witty and funny.
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A Disappointment Nov. 22 2010
By Amy F - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I had been eagerly anticipating this book for months and find myself sorely disappointed. Too much summarization and glossing over details. Inferior to Mary Lovell's and Anne de Courcy's bios.

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