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About Peggy Hanna

Peggy Hanna, a Chicago native, became active politically after moving to Ohio in 1965. She was the co-chair of Springfield People for Peace and elected a McGovern delegate to the 1972 Democrat National Convention.

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General Reviews

“As an active duty soldier in the army, Patriotism: Peace and Vietnam showed me a side of the peace movement that everyone in America needs to see.  Peggy Hanna tells a moving and inspiring story that breaks so many stereotypes, helping to heal the rift between peace activists and the military.  In a transformational journey of hope through one of America’s most turbulent eras, Hanna shares her determination to create a brighter future despite the demands of work and family life.  This book shows that the essence of peace is action, courage, and a life dedicated to making a difference, and that anyone from any background can serve the cause of peace.  I would recommend her book to everyone who wants to know how we can truly support our troops, serve our country, and be a patriotic American.”

Captain Paul K. Chappell, author of “Will War Ever End?” and “The End of War”

*****

“Here is the beautifully rendered story of a woman who changed — big time. Peggy Hanna changed emotionally, politically, in every way. It is the riveting personal account of a Catholic Vietnam hawk who came to admire the peacemakers at a time when the vast majority of Americans, including the faithful of her own church, had little patience for the peace movement.

Against the urgent cries of “The Russians are coming,” and the rising voice of an angry nation…Peggy Hanna saw the light. She also saw the body bags arriving home and the longhairs in the streets, the protesters who touched her heart with their courage and who remain the ones she strives, even today, to emulate in her own life. Peggy Hanna probably didn’t plan it this way, but the timing of this brutally honest memoir is better than even she could have imagined.”

Phil Donahue, Former talk show host

“Peggy Hanna leads us into an antiwar movement beyond the one the media followed. Here in Springfield, Ohio, as elsewhere in small city America, patriotic moms and dads felt betrayed by the war and tried to stop it. A highlight of Hanna’s story is her experience with a friend at the 1971 Paris Peace Talks and their reception at home afterward. This book is candidly, engagingly written — a good read. It is also a passionate plea for understanding, then and now.”

Dr. Charles Chatfield, professor emeritus, Wittenberg University,
author of The American Peace Movement,
and co-author of An American Ordeal: The Antiwar Movement of the Vietnam Era.

*****

“Patriotism, Peace And Vietnam is a memoir of a Catholic, Vietnam war hawk who came to admire the peacemakers in an era when so much of America, including her own church, refused to listen to the peace movement. Dedicated both to those who served their country in Vietnam and those who worked to bring peace, Patriotism, Peace And Vietnam is unflinchingly honest in its assessment of the limitations of human behaviors and the tendency to blind oneself to things one doesn’t agree with. Frustration, perseverance, and candid discourse concerning war, fear, and injustice on both a local and national scale distinguish Patriotism, Peace And Vietnam. Highly recommended.”

Small Press Bookwatch, Reviewer’s Choice, June 2004

Yellow Springs News, Oct. 2, 2003: “Hanna’s memoir testifies to the courage of committed citizens and their power to demand change.”

Wilmington News Journal, Oct. 28, 2003: “Written without overblown rhetoric and tells Hanna’s story simply and eloquently.  After so many years, perhaps it is time to look back at that heartbreaking period in our national life and seek ways toward reconciliation.

”Fellowship of Reconciliation, January-February, 2004: “sums up her experiences with humility and insight.

”The Catholic Peace Voice, May/June, 2004: “delightful and interesting story… rich with relatable experiences… rewarding personal reflection.

”The Nonviolent Activist, November/December 2003: “This slim volume provides a reminder to movement “biggies” that their work is always augmented at the local level by quietly persistent people like Peggy Hanna.”

Veterans for Peace, September 2004: “led to caring activism by her faith and patriotism… helps us all to understand how peace activists come into being.

*****

“The book is highly charged emotionally and reading it is a voyage into those emotions and allows the reader to understand and own some of the feelings experienced.”-Rudi, Pittsburgh, PA.

“This wonderful little book is a real eye-opener. It gives both the public in general and those of us who served in Vietnam a whole new perspective on a very difficult chapter in our lives.” —David, Vietnam Vet, Former newspaper editor

*****

“I wanted to write to tell you that I just finished your book, and I was very impressed – I loved it!  It was very well-written, interesting, educational, and fun to read!  I think this would be a great book for a professor to use in a history class.  I didn’t know much about the era (you taught me a  lot), and I was a happy and oblivious kid growing up in New Jersey at the time.  My family was more on the Republican/hawk side for the most part.Your book was also really relevant for me because I have developed many of the same realizations and opinions in the last few years – a very different view from my family.  It is hard to discuss these issues.  I hate poor young people being sent to kill when it is so unnecessary!  We’ve had demonstrators for both sides here in Worthington, and I, too, strongly disagree when they say people who don’t want war don’t support the poor soldiers!  How crazy!  They’ve got it backwards!”—Kim, Worthington, Ohio

*****

“I have completed your book for the second time as I feel that information which I feel may be controversial to my way of thinking deserves to be looked at carefully…I enlisted into the Marines right out of high school and arrived during the ending of the 68 Tet offensive.  I was in Recon and was responsible for gathering intelligence info; destroying base camps; calling in air and artillery fire etc.  At a very young age, 19, I became a combat patrol leader and was responsible for making decisions that could have resulted in the deaths of my comrades…One last thing.  Just want you to know as one American to another.  From time to time I am asked to speak to veterans groups about various experiences I had in Viet Nam, and after reading your book I would be just as proud to be standing next to you as I would be ‘one of the guys.’”—Barry Fiske, Tiffin, Ohio

*****

“Without realizing it, I guess I just figured peace activists might be rebels or hippies.  You are neither and no one in your family was closely affected by the war, yet you saw something wrong and needed to become a participant in correcting it, and doing it in spite of the opinions of others!  To thine own self be true!  You are truly an inspiration and I am glad to have met you through your book.I am sorry for these men who were not saluted when they came home.  Your book points out their heroism, while showing a need to not take anything at face value.  We must find out for ourselves the truth.  Thanks so much for sharing this part of history and for caring so much for my own father’s welfare.”

—Kathy, daughter of Vietnam Vet

*****

“Well, THAT was a blast from the past!  I see why folks say they can’t put down your book until they’re finished.  Your book really could become a classic – it’s something everyone should read, I think.”—Mary Alice, Owner, Dark Star Book Store, Yellow Springs, Ohio

*****

“I find the book fascinating.  You obviously write from the heart, with considerable eloquence.”—Dr. Conrad, Retired English Professor

*****

“As I read your book last night and this morning, I realized again what a GREAT book you have.  I love the historical info at the beginning of each chapter.  That is extremely helpful to the readers, both old and young.”—Vivian, Author, Retired College President

*****

“I loved it!  You really put the peace movement into perspective.  What a tremendous experience you had.  The book brought it to life.  I hope that people read it and are enlightened.  We seem to continue to need that kind of critique of government policy.”—Rev. Keran , Nokomis, Florida

*****

“I am in the middle of a juicy Nora Roberts book, but left that aside so I could thumb through your creation.  I started a little before 9 pm and did not put the book down once. It was intriguing…couldn’t put it down…had to hear more about the sequence of events.  It was both educational and entertaining…all the while fun to hear about personal notes that had to do with your family and friends.  I laughed out loud when you were offered many drinks, but only wanted a Coke!  I think I liked most of all the last chapter -particularly on page 109 – where you thought it might have been a good idea to do something to welcome the vets home – I have not heard of much that was done in that regard to Vietnam Vets. You’ve helped to make our world a better place with your work.”—Molly, Morris, Illinois

*****

“I got your book and read it.  I couldn’t put it down.  Your explanation of your childhood helped me to understand why so many people believed that sending troops to Vietnam was the right thing to do.  I was raised in the late 50s – 70s in Southern California, by parents liberal enough to have voted for McGovern, so I have never been able to understand why anyone would not support peace. It bothers me though, that too many people didn’t learn anything from those times.  I’d like to send Dubya a copy of the book with a note that says, “Déjà vu.”  What is the excuse of the “majority” that has once again allowed lies to justify sending our children to die?  I’m afraid that the situation in Iraq is just going to drag out into a repeat of the 60s, and I feel I am being too complacent.  Thank you for writing Patriotism, Peace and Vietnam!  We really need to hear your message – particularly right now!”—Maggie, Troy, Ohio

*****

“It was a wonderful memoir of many things including your work with the peace movement.  I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed it.  It was well done and I wish I could do something to get it well known.”—Judy, Mahomet, Illinois

*****

“Once I started reading I could not stop.  It is truly a great read.  And such a vital one. And, yes, timely.  Iraq…de-ja vu.”—Teri, Santa Fe, New Mexico

*****

“I LOVE the book!  Thank you!  I haven’t put it down unless to sleep or go to work.  I am savoring it and really enjoying what feels like sitting here listening to you share your heart with me.  Thank you so much for working so hard and taking the risk to share so much… your life changing story will continue to change other lives – like mine!”—Mindy, Cary, North Carolina

*****

“I love the personal stories you share about your kids, houses, moving, etc. because I can picture it or relate.  I also love statements you make about the peace movement.  It helped me put words to feelings I have but didn’t know how to express.  I also like the historical facts presented at the beginning of each chapter.  It put things into perspective.  It is truly enjoyable reading!”—Patty, Lockport, Illinois

*****

“Thank you for documenting this history.  Fifty to one-hundred years from now, this book will be important to a young historian researching the Vietnam War Peace Movement for a view of the grassroots in the heart of America.”—Vern, Springfield, Ohio