Rarely Has A Public Figure Addressed Such Difficult, Intimate Issues With Such Courage And Bravery In A Moving, Passionate Memoir, Former Senator George McGovern Recalls The Events Leading Up To His Daughter Terry S Death As A Result Of Alcoholism What McGovern Learned From Terry Is An Unforgettable, Poignant Tale Certain To Engender Controversy And Compassion Of Photos.


10 thoughts on “Terry

  1. Homeschoolmama Homeschoolmama says:

    I picked this book up at a library sale I just might donate it back The title suggests that the book is about McGovern s daughter Terry, but I couldn t help but notice how many times political campaigns entered in And name dropping It became irritating pretty quick As well as McGovern s many parenthetical phrases to turn the focus on himselfin the primaries, all of which I wonMcGovern s tone was defensive throughout the book he repeatedly emphasized how the disease of alcoholism I picked this book up at a library sale I just might donate it back The title suggests that the book is about McGovern s daughter Terry, but I couldn t help but notice how many times political campaigns entered in And name dropping It became irritating pretty quick As well as McGovern s many parenthetical phrases to turn the focus on himselfin the primaries, all of which I wonMcGovern s tone was defensive throughout the book he repeatedly emphasized how the disease of alcoholism is genetic, how it has little to do with emotional upsets in childhood the depression, chaos and self destruction therein is explained by the alcoholism itself Cart before the horse, in my opinion Somehow, McGovern convinces himself that his and Eleanor s upbringing had little or nothing to do with his daughter Terry s problems The former senator and his wife quic...


  2. Debbie Debbie says:

    I am sure that it is hard being a politician s child You re forced into campaigning and projecting an image whether you want to or not I have always liked George McGovern He seemed like a compassionate guy I m sure he believes he did everything he could to help his daughter overcome her alcoholism I also feel he probably worked harder to further his political career than he did to take care of his depressive wife and alcoholic son and daughter McGovern seems defensive when he dismisses Ter I am sure that it is hard being a politician s child You re forced into campaigning and projecting an image whether you want to or not I have always liked George McGovern He seemed like a compassionate g...


  3. TC TC says:

    Senator McGovern makes the case that alcoholism is a genetic, medical disease that must be treated as such, rather than just through counseling as a symptom of psychological trauma He presents this thesis through a meandering recollection of his daughter Terry s lifelong struggle with drinking, which eventually lead to her untimely death in 1994 His point is well taken as a family member who paid for countless outpatient and rehab treatments...


  4. Neil Mudde Neil Mudde says:

    George McGovern wrote a very touching book, as a Father of a Daughter Terry who was is an alcoholic.According to the Big Book published by AA, Alcoholism is a cunning and baffling disease even though the body cannot tolerate it, yet it craves alcohol Addicts will get their fix no matter how, or care whom they hurt, it is a very selfish disease It is an extremely sad story, of a sad life,about a person ...


  5. Janet Janet says:

    I found this to be an excellent account of a tragic situation The extensive use of Terry s journals, and so her voice, add the element of having a person who ultimately died from alcoholism tell us what that is like The author s research and commentary on alcoholism and treatment for alcoholism are also excellent.I ve read reviews that criticize George McGovern s attempts to explain alcoholism and offer suggestions for treatment based on the fact that another of his children went on to die of I found this to be an excellent account of a tragic situation The extensive use of Terry s journals, a...


  6. Wendy Seles Shelton Wendy Seles Shelton says:

    A fascinating story of a daughter s journey through alcoholism Despite the gripping subject matter, I felt the book was written in a detached manner, lacking emotion.


  7. John John says:

    This is truly a wonderfully written book, yet it is one of the saddest books I ve ever read I didn t know much about George McGovern before reading this book being extremely politically conservative and a staunch Republican myself I ve never had the desire to read anything about him or by him so liking this book so much took me by surprise It s very well written, of course but what really surprised me is how Senator McGovern pulled no punches in telling the story of how his beloved daughter This is truly a wonderfully written book, yet it is one of the saddest books I ve ever read I didn t know much about George McGovern before reading this book being extremely politically conservative and a staunch Republican myself I ve never had the desire to read anything about him or by him so liking this book so much took me by surpr...


  8. Jane Jane says:

    Written twenty years ago, this book offers us still, today, an honest,eye opening account of a disease that will not disappear alcoholism Combined with a genetic disposition toward depression, alcoholism can be, and often is, a lethal combination George McGovern s memoir about his daughter Theresa and her problems with both depression and alcoholism is a heart breaking expose of what can happen when you have either one or the other or both of these problems At the same time, though, it is no Written twenty years ago, this book offers us still, today, an honest,eye opening account of a disease that will not disappear alcoholism Combined with a genetic disposition toward depression, alcoholism can be, and often is, a lethal combination George McGovern s memoir about his daughter Theresa and her problems with both depression and alcoholism is a heart breaking expose of what can happen when you h...


  9. Jen, Jenny, Jennifer Jen, Jenny, Jennifer says:

    I ve had this on my list for several years, but given I also have this disease sometimes reading rough tales of alcoholism sans solution can mess with me That said, the final 20 pages made it worthwhile McGovern yes, the political one began the tale of his daughter s life with her deathin a sloshed stupor on Dec 14, 1994, she fell into a Madison, Wisconsin, snowbank froze to death Reviewing her life, McGovern tells of the myriad treatments, the endless relapses, the harms done to I ve had this on my list for several years, but given I also have this disease sometimes reading rough tales of alcoholism sans solution can mess with me That said, the final 20 pages ma...


  10. Colette Guerin Colette Guerin says:

    Very sad Written by a man in great pain Spent 30 years being a codependent to his child s disease and still blames himself I give him credit for writing an open raw book He still sees his daughter as what she was before or what she could have been She was not the loving mother or wonderful daughter or great friend She was an alcoholic, probably severely depressed who self medicated but abused her daughters while drinking and placed them in dangerous situations She blamed her family for al Very sad Written by a man in great pain Spent 30 years being a codependent to his child s disease and still blames himself I give him credit for writing an open raw book He still sees his daughter as what she was before or what she could have been She was not the loving mother or wonderful daughter or great friend She was an alcoholic, probably severely depressed who self medicated but abused her daughters while drinking and placed them in dangerous situations She blamed her family for all her problems and took no accountability and used her friends as way stations until they could no longer put up with her antics The alcoholic will always tell you what you want to hear, maybe believing it themselves, but will continue down their path of not just self destruction but mutual destruction to all those who have ever cared about them for in the end they are vey self involved people Their low is alw...