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Author: Elaine Weiss Narrator: Tavia Gilbert, Elaine Weiss Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2018 ISBN: 9780525532439
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"Both a page-turning drama and an inspiration for every reader"--Hillary Rodham Clinton

Soon to Be a Major Television Event

The nail-biting climax of one of the greatest political battles in American history: the ratification of the constitutional amendment that granted women the right to vote.

"With a skill reminiscent of Robert Caro, [Weiss] turns the potentially dry stuff of legislative give-and-take into a drama of courage and cowardice."--The Wall Street Journal

"Weiss is a clear and genial guide with an ear for telling language ... She also shows a superb sense of detail, and it's the deliciousness of her details that suggests certain individuals warrant entire novels of their own... Weiss's thoroughness is one of the book's great strengths. So vividly had she depicted events that by the climactic vote (spoiler alert: The amendment was ratified!), I got goose bumps."--Curtis Sittenfeld, The New York Times Book Review


Nashville, August 1920. Thirty-five states have ratified the Nineteenth Amendment, twelve have rejected or refused to vote, and one last state is needed. It all comes down to Tennessee, the moment of truth for the suffragists, after a seven-decade crusade. The opposing forces include politicians with careers at stake, liquor companies, railroad magnates, and a lot of racists who don't want black women voting. And then there are the "Antis"--women who oppose their own enfranchisement, fearing suffrage will bring about the moral collapse of the nation. They all converge in a boiling hot summer for a vicious face-off replete with dirty tricks, betrayals and bribes, bigotry, Jack Daniel's, and the Bible.

Following a handful of remarkable women who led their respective forces into battle, along with appearances by Woodrow Wilson, Warren Harding, Frederick Douglass, and Eleanor Roosevelt, The Woman's Hour is an inspiring story of activists winning their own freedom in one of the last campaigns forged in the shadow of the Civil War, and the beginning of the great twentieth-century battles for civil rights. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Narrator Tavia Gilbert’s portrayals of opposition activists, politicians, and proponents of universal voting rights swell with the weight of their moral convictions. Her subtle Tennessee drawl and East Coast accents distinguish local players from national activists and special interest groups. Despite her sympathetic tone for the suffragists, Weiss doesn’t hesitate to discuss the complex dynamics and pervasive racism among groups for and against the amendment. While listeners know the end result, they’ll be swept up by Gilbert’s impassioned performance nonetheless.”

    AudioFile

  • “Weiss’ reportage…enables her to add splashes of color [and] wonderful dimension.”

    USA Today

  • “A genteel but bare-knuckled political thriller…The account reads like a reality show…Weiss’ narrative is energetic and buoyant even at the most critical moments.”

    Ms. magazine

  • “Weiss’ description of the proceedings is panoramic and juicy…Weiss is a clear and genial guide with an ear for telling language…She also shows a superb sense of detail, and the deliciousness of her details suggests certain individuals warrant entire novels of their own.”

    New York Times

  • “A page-turner…the story here is told in all its ugliness.”

    New York Journal of Books

  • “Weiss orchestrates a page-turning reconstruction of the last push to ratify the nineteenth Amendment in Tennessee in 1920. The drama reaches hair-raising heights in the last half of the book…[A] remarkably entertaining work of scholarship.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred and boxed review)

  • “Weiss does a wonderful job of laying out the background of the American women’s suffrage movement…A lively slice of history filled with political drama, Weiss’s book captures a watershed moment for American women.”

    Book Page

  • “Anyone interested in the history of our country’s ongoing fight to put its founding values into practice—as well as those seeking the roots of current political fault lines—would be well-served by picking up The Woman’s Hour."

    Margot Lee Shetterly, New York Times bestselling author

  • A BookPage Top Pick for March
  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week
  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice

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About the Author

Elaine Weiss is an award-winning journalist and writer whose work has appeared in the Atlantic, Harper’s, New York Times, and Christian Science Monitor, as well as in reports and documentaries for National Public Radio and Voice of America. A MacDowell Colony Fellow and Pushcart Prize Editor’s Choice honoree, she is also the author of Fruits of Victory: The Woman’s Land Army in the Great War.

About the Narrator

Tavia Gilbert is an acclaimed narrator of more than four hundred full-cast and multivoice audiobooks for virtually every publisher in the industry. Named the 2018 Voice of Choice by Booklist magazine, she is also winner of the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. She has earned numerous Earphones Awards, a Voice Arts Award, and a Listen-Up Award. Audible.com has named her a Genre-Defining Narrator: Master of Memoir. In addition to voice acting, she is an accomplished producer, singer, and theater actor. She is also a producer, singer, photographer, and a writer, as well as the cofounder of a feminist publishing company, Animal Mineral.