Terry: My Daughter's Life-and-death Struggle with Alcoholism

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Villard Books, 1996 - Psychology - 208 pages
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"It was just before Christmas 1994 that Senator George McGovern received the terrible news that his forty-five-year-old daughter, Terry, had been found dead in a parking lot near her Madison, Wisconsin, home. In an alcoholic stupor, Terry had stumbled out of a bar and into a snowbank, where she fell asleep and froze to death. In this extraordinary remembrance, Senator McGovern attempts to come to grips with the circumstances of his child's demise as well as her troubled life." "Alcohol and depression were always twin curses for Terry. Though she maintained a facade of well-being, especially while working on her famous father's political campaigns, she was desperately trying to conquer her addictions. For long stretches of her adult life, despite her efforts to stay sober, she was shuttled in and out of detox centers and institutions. Throughout McGovern's remarkable career in Washington and after his retirement from the Senate, Terry's illness shadowed her parents' every activity. Could they save her without destroying themselves? Were McGovern's political ambitions a factor in Terry's despair? Could Terry's two young daughters - the Senator's grandchildren - remain with their mother? Terry's struggle, and the McGovern family's efforts to save her and learn from her illness, are the heartbreaking themes of this painful and unforgettable book. With courage and compassion, George McGovern addresses a private tragedy with an intimacy and honesty rarely achieved by a public figure. Terry is a book that has forever changed McGovern's life and will undoubtedly alter America's view of alcoholism."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Review: Terry: My Daughter's Life-and-Death Struggle with Alcoholism

User Review  - Christine Jolley - Goodreads

A little emotion-less the writing---Found it helpful but very conservative the true pain of what he must have felt going through this. Read full review

Review: Terry: My Daughter's Life-and-Death Struggle with Alcoholism

User Review  - Colette Guerin - Goodreads

Very sad. Written by a man in great pain. Spent 30 years being a codependent to his child's disease and still blames himself. I give him credit for writing an open raw book. He still sees his daughter ... Read full review

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Section 2
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Section 3
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McGovern was U.S. Senator from South Dakota from 1963-1981, and the Democratic candidate for President in 1972. He was the first director of the U.S. Food For Peace Program. He is now U.S. Ambassador to the UN Agencies for Food and Agriculture in Rome.

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