"Woodhull campaigned to full houses across the country, espousing votes for women, free love, and the right of women to earn money and own themselves...Underhill reveals wonderful things herself, in language as resplendent and eloquent as that of her subject."
--Sarah Booth Conroy, The Washington Post Book World (lead review, front page)
"Groundbreaking biography of a truly remarkable and long-neglected feminist pioneer...An utterly fascinating, overdue tribute to an extraordinary feminist maverick as well as a significant contribution to the history of feminism and the suffrage movement."
--Booklist, American Library Association (starred review)
"Victoria Woodhull led a dazzling life. How fortunate she is (and we are) to have Lois Underhill tell us her story in this beautifully written and constantly fascinating biography."
--Deirdre Bair, author of Simone de Beauvoir and Anais Nin
"Underhill has pieced together a convincing portrait, based on an impressive amount of original research. Her attitude toward her subject is sympathetic without being sycophantic, intelligently critical but never condescending....fascinating."
--Merle Rubin, The Wall Street Journal
"An outstanding study of controversial feminist Woodhull...Underhill argues convincingly that, although Woodhull was deliberately left out of histories written by Susan B. Anthony and others, she was an important figure in the struggle for women's equality."
"Absorbing...As the author makes clear in this stimulating account of a surprising woman, Victoria Woodhull's bold pioneering for women's rights and her tumultuous personal life combine to make her a character worth remembering."
--Herb Kupferberg, Parade Magazine
New York Times. On Sunday, July 30, 1995, a six-column-wide illustrated half-page author interview feature ran.
"Underhill writes with a flair that perfectly suits the savory, savvy 19th-century feminist whose life speaks to our own sensational and self-styling era...Underhill's agile and incisive prose make this sprawling, wildly unconventional life fluid and convincing."
"Vivid and detailed biography based upon newly available documentary sources...of a charismatic but maverick 19th-century feminist...This book should please a substantial audience."
--Library Journal (starred review)
"An engaging biography."
"Everyone interested in the history of women's rights will be fascinated by the story of this little-known pioneer. I would loved to have known her."
--Katherine Graham, Chairman of the Executive Committee, The Washington Post Company
'This is the astonishing story of a woman whose ideas and behavior were decades ahead of her time. Lois Beachy Underhill's sleuthing has uncovered a treasure chest of 'news' about Victoria Woodhull--what a fascinating creature! The result is not only a long-overdue portrait of this clever, controversial early feminist--but a revealing glimpse into the social and political scene of the latter nineteenth century."
--Judy Woodruff, CNN anchor
"An exceedingly well-told tale about an extraordinarily interesting woman who is far less vividly remembered than is warranted by the continuing relevance of her life and thought."
--George Rupp, President of Columbia University
"Victoria Woodhull's life and work form an intriguing and too-often overlooked chapter in American political and social history. Lois Beachy Underhill paints a vivid portrait of an energetic and purposeful pioneer--a woman who not only shared, but helped to shape, the passion and action of her time."
--Albert Carnesale, Provost, former Acting President, Harvard University, Dean, John F. Kennedy School of Government
"Woodhull was her own creation, one constantly reviewed and refined. Not one to back away from controversy, Woodhull was a master at reading the tenor of a crowd and could play upon its sympathies with the finesse of a concert artist. In the political arena, she was her own spin doctor and crafted her sound bites. 'The truth is," said Woodhull over a century ago, "I am too many years ahead of this age..." The truth is...she still is...but we're gaining, we're gaining..."
--Nancy Landon Kassebaum, Unites States Senator