Review #1: Review by Romuald Dzemo
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Reviewed By Romuald Dzemo for Readers’ Favorite
Well-researched and brilliantly written, Taking Aim At The President: The Remarkable Story Of The Woman Who Shot At Gerald Ford by Geri Spieler explores the life of one of the two women who attempted to assassinate the president. The first attempt to assassinate President Gerald Ford was in Sacramento, California, on September 5, 1975 by Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme. But the assassination attempt that would rock the world would come from an unlikely woman. To everyone, Sara Jane Moore was just an average-looking woman from an impoverished neighborhood in West Virginia. In this crime narrative, the author explores her personality and brings out facts that will stun the reader.
Geri Spieler follows Moore’s life from her upbringing in West Virginia and the events leading up to the attempt on the president’s life. The reader is introduced to a character that has lived a life of profound duplicity. She’s the woman who got married five times, has been in and out of the military, has feigned amnesia, and has worked as an informant for the FBI. This account is the fruit of two decades of long research and interviews. The book showcases Spieler’s journalistic skills, and her investigative abilities which enable her to unveil the different layers of the personality of the protagonist.
Apart from following the life of a complex personality, Taking Aim At The President: The Remarkable Story Of The Woman Who Shot At Gerald Ford offers readers powerful glimpses of social and political life in the 1960s and 1970s. The writing is evocative and flawless. Here is a book that beautifully explores a fragment of history while offering readers great entertainment through character building. The author arouses the reader’s curiosity about the protagonist and sustains it till the very last page. This is one of the best books I have read on true crime.