The Wichita Divide

The Wichita Divide

The Murder of Dr. George Tiller and the Battle Over Abortion

Book - 2011
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"On May 31, 2009, Scott Roeder walked into a Wichita church, drew a pistol, and shot Dr. George Tiller at point blank range. Tiller, who was the most public practitioner of late-term abortions in America, had been a lightning rod for controversy, regularly referred to in the conservative media as "Tiller, the Baby Killer." Tiller's death was not an isolated act of violence, but a pivotal, public murder in a war that has been raging for decades. It's a war of violently opposing ideologies, encompassing abortion, but also questions of privacy, sexuality, and religion. It's being fought in our nation's courtrooms, at school and churches, on television sets, at our dinner tables, and in our bedrooms. And more and more, the key battlegrounds are in Kansas, once home to Brown vs. Board of Education and some of the bloodiest conflicts of the Civil War. This is a gripping look at a cold-blooded terrorist action, two men representing opposite ideological extremes, and the region where those violent forces clash"--Provided by publisher.
Published: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780312625054
0312625057
Branch Call Number: 364.1523 SIN
Characteristics: 357 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm.

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naturalist
Jun 03, 2016

look for:
“They Shoot Doctors Don't They: A Memoir” 2011
by Roland Penner and Jack Fainman
and,
“Dispatches from the Abortion Wars: The Costs of Fanaticism to Doctors, Patients, and the Rest of Us”
by Carole Joffe
and,
“The Fundamentals of Extremism: The Christian Right in America”
by Edwin Kagin et al

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GlenAbbeyWarrior
Aug 23, 2015

The Wichita Divide is nothing more than a leftist screed poorly disguised as investigative journalism. How on earth can you publish a non-fiction book and not list any sources or provide even one footnote or endnote? For all we know, Singular could've misquoted, distorted or simply invented "facts" to suit his narrative. On top of that, the author erroneously conflates unrelated individuals and groups to Scott Roeder - basically everyone he disagrees with is fanning the flames. Reasonable people can disagree on the issue of abortion, but only a loon would actually take this book seriously.

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mudflapflossy
Mar 06, 2012

This is a well documented (though decidedly biased) and pretty dry read but it is worth plowing through. Tells the story of Scott Roeder’s assassination of late term abortion doctor ‘Tiller the Killer' back in May 09, it’s a real eye opener. What I learned from reading this book is that this woman’s rights issue is not ever going to be decided based on what is right for women or for their unborn children. It will be decided based on the political agenda of whatever party happens to be in power, the soup de jour. The ethics of a woman’s right to abort is just an uncomfortable side-bar for lobbyists.

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marishkajuko
Sep 22, 2011

I assumed early on that I would like this book, as I adamantly support a woman's right to choose. The author does a fairly good job of weaving Tiller and Roeder's narratives together to create an engaging book.

Soon into the book I was disappointed to realize the author didn't cite any sources for anything he mentions - what the what! How can you write a contemporary non-fiction book, quoting news and statistics, and not cite any sources? Right off the bat that knocked the book's credibility down, in my opinion, and make the book appear to just be adding to the mud-slinging-ness of the abortion debate.

Further, I wasn't impressed by the author's attempts to compare extremists in the anti-choice movement to Nazis and whatnot. For example, Singular references growing domestic terrorism by mentioning the Columbine shootings - noting that the shooters "picked" Hilter's birthday for their event in light of their recorded hate speech (false: the date was a fluke due to the timing of Columbine's Prom and when the shooters could get their hands on their weapons). If Singular had done his research (by perhaps reading Dave Cullen's book 'Columbine') he would know that the Columbine shootings came down to Eric Harris probably being a psychopath, and Dylan Klebold an impressionable, sad and apparently violent hanger-on. Yes, that event could be described as domestic terrorism - but Singular's comparing them to Nazis just enflames the villainization he's trying to denounce in anti-abortion extremists like Bill O'Reilly. Pot... kettle...?

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