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Encounter Books' new Political Woman:  The Big Little Life of Jeane Kirkpatrick, by Peter Collier, is the first biography of Ronald Reagan's Ambassador to the United Nations and the most-forceful presence in his administration in shaping the Reagan Doctrine and fighting the Cold War to a victorious conclusion.  Based on countless interviews and unique access to her private papers, Political Woman creates a portrait of an ambitious woman from the epicenter of Middle America determined to break through the glass ceilings of her time and place.

Collier is the founding editor of and currently a consultant to Encounter Books.  He has worked as an author and editor for the last 30 years.  During that time, he has written novels, short stories, and screenplays, along with best-selling biographies.

Kirkpatrick was a pioneering feminist, academic, and an important Democratic Party activist.  She was hated for leading a group of Democratic liberals into the Reagan administration after what she saw as the trashing of the Roosevelt coalition and capitulation to Soviet advances.  As Reagan's UN representative, she sharpened the spearpoint of a re-armed America ready to join the final battle of the Cold War, staging dramatic clashes over policy toward the Soviets, the Cubans, and the Contras in the process.

Political Woman tells this parallel story -- the flight of centrist liberals out of the Democratic Party and the complex chess match of the endgame of the Cold War -- through the intimate story of a woman who was at the center of these dramas.  It also shows the price she paid for her success in a private life filled with sorrow and loss as profound as her epic achievements.

Encounter Books is an activity of Encounter for Culture and Education, a nonprofit organization that is substantially supported by The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee.
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