Shelfari edited the description of Clara Barton Saturday, September 12, 2009.
Barton established and headed the American Red Cross, was superintendent of a women's reformatory, played a key role in providing medical aid and relief to Civil War battlefronts, and helped establish the New Jersey public school system. Yet her character was far from saintly. Her desire for approval and recognition was boundless, and her overachieving zeal alienated contemporaries. For this outstanding biography, Pryor uses Barton's recently discovered diaries, plus letters and other primary sources, to portray a complex, troubled heroine without delving into historical psychoanalysis. A tribute to a remarkable woman. Highly recommended for academic and public libraries. Mary Hemmings, McGill Univ. Medical Lib., Montreal Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.