Particular Passions

Particular Passions: Talks with Women who Shaped our Times

The oral biography of Bella Abzug, an outspoken crusader for peace and human rights who heralded in an era of social change.

“Over the years I’ve become very sensitive to an audience and a mood and I sense if I’m reaching them. I watch them carefully... and what they’re reacting to. It’s like playing different chords.

I always try to get my message across, but in different ways, with reason, with emotion, with humor... it depends.

That’s something people who lecture develop. With me, much is instinctive, but a great deal is also from experience.

To be a public figure takes skill. You also should know what you’re doing, it helps to be smart, to be knowledgeable, to be a hard worker and to be determined.”

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