She's been dirt poor; she's been filthy rich. Rich was more fun. She
married three times, divorced twice, found her true love, and lost him
to cancer. At twenty-one, she was told she would soon die. She lived.
Doctors said she'd never be able to have children. She had 'em. She's
bargained with God, dictators, and Democrats. She's partied with
princes, presidents, premiers, Barbara Walters, Anwar Sadat, Margaret
Thatcher, Tom Hanks, and Francisco Franco . . . though not all at the
same time. She captivated powerful men with her feminine charm, and then
persuaded them toward unlikely political alliances through her
formidable intelligence. She waltzed with Prince Philip in Buckingham
Palace, dressed in men's clothes and smuggled herself in a barrel across
the Pakistani border, threw a Roman-themed party so extravagant it was
featured in Life magazine, and survived a Soviet gunship attack in the mountains of Afghanistan.
Joanne Herring, the Houston socialite portrayed by Julia Roberts in the film Charlie Wilson's War, is far more colorful, funny, and likable than any screenwriter could have guessed. The former Texas television anchor is known for her improbable fight with the mujahideen against the former Soviet Union. But her full story-with all its God, guns, and Gucci glory-has never been told. Born in the man's world of Texas in a time when women had limited choices, Joanne Herring blazed a trail with allies as unlikely as Charlie Wilson, Pierre Cardin, and President Ronald Reagan . . . and in so doing forged new paths for women in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and America.
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
On Sale: October 19th 2011
Format: Electronic Book