Intimate Wars by Merle Hoffman

Intimate Wars

Merle Hoffman's life story is riveting. A former classical pianist, a self-made millionaire, and a feminist who found her life's work providing abortions, she has been a fearless crusader for women's right to choose. Over the years, Hoffman has used her entrepreneurial spirit to build one of the most comprehensive women's medical centers in the country. In 1971 (two years before the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision to legalize abortion national...

Details Intimate Wars

TitleIntimate Wars
Release DateJan 10th, 2012
PublisherThe Feminist Press at CUNY
GenreFeminism, Nonfiction, History, Autobiography, Memoir, Womens

Reviews Intimate Wars

  • Raven DeLajour
    Even though the book infuriated me from time to time (not Merle's fault, but the violence and hate from the anti-women crusaders), I loved it so much. I loved reading about the activism, the politics, and the movement to legalize abortion and to keep it that way from a pioneering women herself. Merle writes with purpose and intelligence, and isn't afraid to share her worst moments alongside her best ones. Reading this book is just another reminde...
  • Linda
    The abortion history parts of this book are really good. (4-star worthy, even.) The memoir parts are less good. Overall, it is a decent read, and it is fascinating to contemplate the b.s. involved in abortion politics, and how much women are subjugated, even in abortion politics. You know, if you haven't contemplated those things.
  • Tina
    It was interesting to get the insights of someone inside the abortion industry. The book was well written and encouraged the reader to think deeply about the issue. There were times when I felt that Merle's perspective was too biased and wished for a more balanced view. However, I was impressed with how rare these were. I would recommend this book if you are interested in feminism or abortion.
  • Sarah
    Okay, just because the author i a pro-choice crusader who set up an abortion clinic that did 20,000 abortions a year doesn't mean I have to dislike her. I went into this book with an open mind, but when she had affairs with three married man in the first 50 pages, I started to really have a hard time sympathizing with her. And then she describes doing unethical things at her clinic – she describes how she didn't pay her taxes, how she committed...
  • Chloe
    This felt like a memoir written by someone still loving or it - or with something to prove or reconcile and not the work of a writer with enough distance to have reflection. There is more I hoped to learn about the history of the reproductive health movement that this book did not touch. But the moments when she shared the details of running such a health center are interesting, and the overall history of the reproductive rights movement - from h...
  • Ruth
    What was I expecting from an author who subtitles her autobiography "The Life and Times of the Woman who Brought Abortion from the Back Alley to the Board Room"? Talk about a self-congratulatory diatribe!!! Yikes. Pity because I was really interested to understand some of the history of the abortion issue as it's evolved over the past 60 years in the USA in the hopes of better grasping why it's still such a "flash" issue politically.
  • Priti
    I pretty much highlighted the entire book. Merle Hoffman not only fought for abortion rights in the United States, but also advocated for patients. It's an amazing read and her accomplishments are IMO some of the most important in this country.
  • Rachel
    I couldn't get into this book and gave up after skimming/skipping the first several chapters.
  • Marie
    it is good
  • Mary
    A good catalyst for discussion--definitely thought-provoking.
  • Nima
    The history of abortion was quite interesting, the biographical information less so. I would highly recommend it if only for the history.
  • Lee
    Read half. History interesting, but woman irritating.