A Quintessential BiographyI was given an ARC of this book in exchange for an incredible review I had never even heard the name Mary Edwards Walker before, but now I simply cannot stop thinking about her This book has absolutely rocked me It s not only the story of Dr Mary Edwards Walker, but the great way that is is presented by Mr Ammar Habib In terms of Mary s actual life, there are so many things I can say She is the definition of the word persistent and her life is the definition of A Quintessential BiographyI was given an ARC of this book in exchange for an incredible review I had never even heard the name Mary Edwards Walker before, but now I simply cannot stop thinking about her This book has absolutely rocked me It s not only the story of Dr Mary Edwards Walker, but the great way that is is presented by Mr Ammar Habib In terms of Mary s actual life, there are so many things I can say She is the definition of the word persistent and her life is the definition of awe inspiring She was faced with so many challenged and so many obstacles throughout her life Whether it was the Civil War or the last half of her life as she worked as an activist for many ideals, Mary never had a shortage of enemies And no matter what she faced, she somehow found a way to rise above adversity You could fill an entire page with Mary s accomplishments She was the first female physician surgeon in the US Military, one of the first female doctors in America, and the first MEDAL OF HONOR recipient in America s history and the only recipient as of 2020 No matter what she faced, she kept her focus on what was important One thing that amazes is her attitude toward life, specifically her empathy No matter what she was faced and how badly she was treated by the government, people, the NWSA especially Susan B Anthony and Elizabeth Stanton , Mary never lost her empathy for her fellow humans and she never lost her patriotism for her nation This patriotism always led her to continue trying to better her nation Even toward her enemies, she always showed empathy no matter how they treated her She did what she did because she believed it was RIGHT This book is a biography, but it is anything but dull It pulls you in, pulling you into the life of Mary The book is not just a retelling of Mary s life and events No, it s mission is to peel back the layers and show us what made Mary into the icon she became Who is the lady behind the legends What drove her to be so different and to stand out of the crowd in an era when women were told to stay in the background This angle is what sets this book apart and gives in an essence that most biographies never possess Mr Habib s writing is superb He truly shines a light on Mary s life, showing us both her strengths and her weaknesses, her triumphs and failures Her story is brought to life The writing is rich and paints images in the minds of the reader, and the book truly deserves 5 stars I recommend this to any reader A ambitious undertaking that is right on the money An inspired examination of Mary Walker the person Never before has biography taken me so deep into the raw personality of a historical figure and what an achievement by Ammar Habib One might gripe that Habib s style is to focus attention on specific moments of Mary s life that allow us to glean the most about the woman himself, as opposed to offering a comprehensive review of his life and every event in it But this skipping forward to the m A ambitious undertaking that is right on the money An inspired examination of Mary Walker the person Never before has biography taken me so deep into the raw personality of a historical figure and what an achievement by Ammar Habib One might gripe that Habib s style is to focus attention on specific moments of Mary s life that allow us to glean the most about the woman himself, as opposed to offering a comprehensive review of his life and every event in it But this skipping forward to the most resonant events keeps the book short and active, and allows Habib to stay true to his ultimate pursuit to provide us with a look at the woman behind the medal, unclouded by obscure and unimportant details.If you re looking for the real Mary Walker, understand that would have been an impossible task even if you were living in her own time But Habib reveals her as she was, in all his contradictions, and in all his impossible complexity, better than anyone else ever has.And one final note Habib s prose is damn good That man can write I enjoyed the style and little turns of phrase almost as much as the content itself Outstanding BiographyThis biography stands out of the crowd Dr Mary Walker was a real life Wonder Woman in so many different ways Though she s most remembered for her Medal of Honor, her life was SO muchthan just a single achievement I m amazed to have never heard of her before, andamazed at how the author put together her life in a book that is easy to read, yet authentic to the time she lived in I loved that the book didn t seem in any way salacious It felt real and prese Outstanding BiographyThis biography stands out of the crowd Dr Mary Walker was a real life Wonder Woman in so many different ways Though she s most remembered for her Medal of Honor, her life was SO muchthan just a single achievement I m amazed to have never heard of her before, andamazed at how the author put together her life in a book that is easy to read, yet authentic to the time she lived in I loved that the book didn t seem in any way salacious It felt real and presented Mary s life in a way that isof a narrative nonfiction than it is a textbook biography I felt like I began to understand not only her personality, but the factors that morphed her psyche, worldview, and personality The goal of this book was to show the inspirations behind Mary, and the author accomplished just that In terms of Mary s life, I ve never read of a woman withaccomplishments than her She strove for so many ideals, and many of them were accomplished Even when nothing seemed to be working, even when so many people were against her, she continued to push forward She continued to risk her reputation, well being, and even her life in pursuit of what she knew was right I m amazed at how so many suffragists, like Susan B Anthony Elizabeth Stanton, turned against Mary They let their jealousy toward Mary make them betray the cause they claimed to believe in I can t understand why textbooks make Susan and Elizabeth seem to be the figureheads of the movement when those two women actually tried to tear down so many women who they saw as threats, including Mary Walker Nonetheless, no matter what she was faced with, Mary always persisted This book is a testament to the people who really helped turn our country into a place of tolerance Mary Walker laid the foundation for so many of us, yet most of us don t even know her name We should We need to Mr Habib s book allows us to get a perfect glimpse of her and all she stood for I am a changed person after having read this book I can t stop thinking about it and plan to read it severaltimes this summer Thank you to Mr Habib for putting this amazing work together and bringing the spotlight onto the life of Mary Walker This is not the story of Dr Walker it s the story of Mary The story blew me away Ammar Habib gives us a great glimpse of Mary as a historical figure and Mary as a human being We see every side of her life, professional and private It helps us understand her as a person and really see how she was just a normal human being She was like any of us flawed Habib never makes her seem like some pristine or infallible person he keeps her human He shows us both her strengths and weaknesses, bot This is not the story of Dr Walker it s the story of Mary The story blew me away Ammar Habib gives us a great glimpse of Mary as a historical figure and Mary as a human being We see every side of her life, professional and private It helps us understand her as a person and really see how she was just a normal human being She was like any of us flawed Habib never makes her seem like some pristine or infallible person he keeps her human He shows us both her strengths and weaknesses, both her victories and mistakes defeats This helps keep her on the reader s level so that we can see ourselves in her, and we can therefore be inspired Mary is a true testament to heroism It s not about beingthan you are It s about becoming who you are supposed to become She didn t complain about the injustices she saw Instead, she chose to embody the change she wanted to see, and she then spoke out and fought against the injustices of society No matter who the injustice was against, Mary fought it however she could This story truly brings Mary s story to life We get to see just who the woman behind the Medal of Honor is, and we get to travel alongside her through her life What a wonderful read 5 5 stars I appreciate the ARC I received Simply AmazingReading this book has given me such a new perspective on many things Firstly is the life of Dr Mary Edwards Walker It is the definition of the word inspiring She overcame so much adversity in every phase of her life It seems like there wasn t a day where she didn t have to face some sort of battle, whether internal or external The heights she achieved during and after the Civil War are amazing Mary s persistence and dogged stubbornness turned her into the U.S Military Simply AmazingReading this book has given me such a new perspective on many things Firstly is the life of Dr Mary Edwards Walker It is the definition of the word inspiring She overcame so much adversity in every phase of her life It seems like there wasn t a day where she didn t have to face some sort of battle, whether internal or external The heights she achieved during and after the Civil War are amazing Mary s persistence and dogged stubbornness turned her into the U.S Military s first female physician She never quit no matter how badly she was treated by other people or bureaucrats She kept her faith in people and maintained a level of empathy toward others that I ve never read about or seen before When others would have turned around and went back home, Mary only pushed harder and put ineffort The empathy she showed to Confederate Civilians and the horrors she faced at Castle Thunder make her fully deserving of the Medal of Honor The things she faced after the war, from 1865 1919, are an entirely different beast She worked harder for women s equality and the equality of other minority groups than anyone else I ve read about during the 19th Century She was so ahead of her time in her way of thinking, especially in the areas of dress reform and her ideas on marriage, that it is hard to believe that this is an actual true story and not just some fictitious novel When Mary did not have enough for herself, she still put others first She didn t do it for glory or recognition she did it because it was RIGHT The writing is superb Habib brings Dr Walker s story to life, and I couldn t help but be pulled into her story from the first page He writes it like a piece of narrative nonfiction, not a textbook It makes Dr Walker s story accessible for any reader Thank you to the author for the ARC A Rare GemIt s been a long time since I ve read a book as moving, inspirational, and thought provoking as this one I m not a big fan of biographies, and I tend to readfiction But this is an exception The book is about an incredible woman from American history, one who I was not familiar with before reading this book However, it takes her from a historical figure and brings her down to the human level Instead of showing us Dr Mary Walker, the activist and Medal of Honor Recipient, the A Rare GemIt s been a long time since I ve read a book as moving, inspirational, and thought provoking as this one I m not a big fan of biographies, and I tend to readfiction But this is an exception The book is about an incredible woman from American history, one who I was not familiar with before reading this book However, it takes her from a historical figure and brings her down to the human level Instead of showing us Dr Mary Walker, the activist and Medal of Honor Recipient, the book shows us Mary as a person and human being We see her fears, dreams, weaknesses, and strengths We see the full picture and are therefore able to learn lessons from her life that we otherwise would not see The book s goal is to show us what made Mary into the woman she became, and it does so beautifully Mary s life stands as a testament that when people don t think like us, act like us, or believe like us, they are likely decades ahead of us Mary stood for what she believed in the equality and good of all Though many people only remember her as the only female Medal of Honor Recipient, her life was so muchthan this In fact, the entire second half of the book is about Mary s life AFTER the Civil War Incredible as it may sound, her life after the war isastounding than her life during the war because it was in these decades that her true passion and grit is shown Mary never had any shortage of enemies Whether it was the NWSA specifically Susan B Anthony or Elizabeth Stanton who attacked her out of jealousy, the government bureaucrats trying to shun her, or the media ridiculing her and trying to tear down her reputation, Mary never surrendered her ideals She often found herself without any allies as she stood against society s accepted constructs But for all the things she was, there is one thing Mary was not she was not a quitter She was willing to pay any price she had to pay in order to progress her ideals on equality I absolutely loved the way this book presents Mary It helped me relate to Mary, and I could almost see myself in her at times I cried when she was ridiculed and defeated I smiled when she experienced victories and recognition And I was on the edge of my seat at times when she was in danger Habib does a great job of showing the story of such an important American woman.Dr Mary Walker is a woman who should not be a secret Her name should be held up alongside many of the other great people from history I dare say that there are many women from the 19th century that have left as big of an impact as she did Everyone should read this book No matter who you are, whether male or female, American or not, there is a good chance that Mary fought for your rights long before you were born And we should be thankful that she did One of my all time favorites Mary E Walker America s Only Female Medal of Honor Recipient surpasses the typical biography Mary was many things She was the first and only female medal of honor recipient She was the first female surgeon to be contracted by the army She was a leading suffragist and a leading advocate for women s equality in America and in Europe However,than that she was something else She was a person That is the focus of this book Not on the hero of the Civil Wa One of my all time favorites Mary E Walker America s Only Female Medal of Honor Recipient surpasses the typical biography Mary was many things She was the first and only female medal of honor recipient She was the first female surgeon to be contracted by the army She was a leading suffragist and a leading advocate for women s equality in America and in Europe However,than that she was something else She was a person That is the focus of this book Not on the hero of the Civil War, but on the person behind the accolades and medals Ammar Habib s book looks at Mary as a person He discussesthan her war record He discusses every aspect of her life We see how she was mistreated by the NWSA s leadership, specifically Elizabeth Stanton and Susan B Anthony We see how those two women tried to erase Mary from history We see how she was slandered by the media and mistreated by bureaucrats But we also see how Mary never gave up and how she rose above this to become a shining light for so many This book allows readers to journey with Mary through every stage of her life As we journey with her, we see who she was as a person We see her inspirations Her drive We see her defeats and setbacks, and we relish in her victories I feel like I truly know Mary after reading this Ammar Habib really captures the mosaic of her life so beautifully, all the way from the introduction to the conclusion Excellent Available in paperback, Kindle, and Kindle Unlimited In the history of America, only one woman has ever received the Medal of Honor Dr Mary Edwards Walker However, Mary s life was than just a medal Not only was Mary a leading suffragist, the first female surgeon to serve in the United States Army, and an advocate of women s dress reform, she was a woman who put the lives of others before hers She sacrificed her personal happiness, her comforts, and her reputation in order to fight for the ideals she believed in, both during and after her service in the American Civil War Mary was a nonconformist in every way, refusing to bow down to society s establishments When society towered above her, demanding her to surrender, Mary planted herself like a tree and stood her ground Mary s life is a testament to the idea of selflessness Today, many Americans stand on her shouldersThis book is than a simple biography of Mary s life Instead, this book seeks to understand the woman behind the medal It seeks to discover the core of Mary s being and the inspirations that turned her into who she was People may know Dr Walker The question is who was Mary A true look into the life of Mary Walker I d definitely give this 5 stars It s not only the life of Mary Walker, which is incredible, but it s also the writing of the book that brings the story to life Even after all her accomplishments, she was never truly appreciated in her life People like Susan B Anthony and Elizabeth Stanton, along with numerous editors of newspapers, tried to tear her down because of what she represented progress However, she always persisted She always held an unc A true look into the life of Mary Walker I d definitely give this 5 stars It s not only the life of Mary Walker, which is incredible, but it s also the writing of the book that brings the story to life Even after all her accomplishments, she was never truly appreciated in her life People like Susan B Anthony and Elizabeth Stanton, along with numerous editors of newspapers, tried to tear her down because of what she represented progress However, she always persisted She always held an uncanny level of empathy for people, and she always put the good of others before her own Because of that, her legacy will always live on Once story that really shows her empathy toward other men is a story from the Civil War, when she assisted in locating Lieutenant Wren Just based on the pleading of Wren s mother and wife, she literally rode into an active war zone and wouldn t return until she found him and brought him back That is just one of many stories that this book shows The book itself is EXCELLENT It shows us Mary the woman, not Dr Walker the legend That s a great angle for the author to take 5 stars Should Be Taught in Schools 10 10 starsEye opening Inspirational Emotional Touching These are the first words that come to mind after reading this book Mary s life seems to step straight out of a Hollywood movie She was such an amazing woman who strove for so much that her life seems too good to be true But it is true She fought in the war when she had no compulsion to do so Even when others didn t appreciate her and she received no recognition, she still fought and served in the war Should Be Taught in Schools 10 10 starsEye opening Inspirational Emotional Touching These are the first words that come to mind after reading this book Mary s life seems to step straight out of a Hollywood movie She was such an amazing woman who strove for so much that her life seems too good to be true But it is true She fought in the war when she had no compulsion to do so Even when others didn t appreciate her and she received no recognition, she still fought and served in the war She didn t just do it for her country She did it for her fellow countrymen and for what her country represented freedom and equality Mary struggled for the cause of women s rights even when the NWSA, Susan B Anthony, and Elizabeth Stanton turned against her and became some of her worst enemies out of jealousy Again, she didn t fight the battle for equality for recognition of the spotlight like those other women did No, Mary fought because it was right And she never stopped fighting ever I never knew that women like Mary existed until I read an advanced copy of this incredible book She is a true hero Not for what she accomplished But for what she embodied through her character This book brings Mary s story to life, and every school should have its students read it