* Herring has partied with princes, premiers, and presidents; worked with unlikely allies, including Charlie Wilson, Pierre Cardin, and Ronald Reagan; and blazed trails for women in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and America. Now for the first time the real-life woman portrayed in the film Charlie Wilson's War tells her own story---in all its God-centered glory. 336 pages, hardcover from Center Street.
She's been dirt poor; she's been filthy rich. Rich was more fun. She married three times, divorced twice, found her true love, and lost him to cancer. At twenty-one, she was told she would soon die. She lived. Doctors said she'd never be able to have children. She had 'em. She's bargained with God, dictators, and Democrats. She's partied with princes, presidents, premiers, Barbara Walters, Anwar Sadat, Margaret Thatcher, Tom Hanks, and Francisco Franco . . . though not all at the same time. She captivated powerful men with her feminine charm, and then persuaded them toward unlikely political alliances through her formidable intelligence. She waltzed with Prince Philip in Buckingham Palace, dressed in men's clothes and smuggled herself in a barrel across the Pakistani border, threw a Roman-themed party so extravagant it was featured in Life magazine, and survived a Soviet gunship attack in the mountains of Afghanistan.
Joanne Herring, the Houston socialite portrayed by Julia Roberts in the film Charlie Wilson's War, is far more colorful, funny, and likable than any screenwriter could have guessed. The former Texas television anchor is known for her improbable fight with the mujahideen against the former Soviet Union. But her full story-with all its God, guns, and Gucci glory-has never been told. Born in the man's world of Texas in a time when women had limited choices, Joanne Herring blazed a trail with allies as unlikely as Charlie Wilson, Pierre Cardin, and President Ronald Reagan . . . and in so doing forged new paths for women in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and America.
Joanne Johnson King Herring Davis hosted The Joanne King Show on television for 15 years. She served as honorary consul to both Pakistan and Morocco for ten years, has been knighted by the King of Belgium, and received the Quaid-e-Azam award, the highest honor given by the nation of Pakistan. She is also the recipient of the Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge Award. She has served on the boards of directors for UNICEF, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., LTV, Henredon Furniture, the Lindbergh Fund, and was co-chairman of the Special Olympics, with Henry Kissinger, in New York City.
Nancy Dorman-Hickson, in addition to 18 years as an editor at Southern Living magazine, is an award-winning writer with a deep sense of story, heritage, and faith.
"I know Joanne Herring to be a most dynamic and inspiring personality. Her deep commitment to alleviate and assuage the sufferings of people of our region has touched me immensely. Her unique contribution to the Afghan freedom struggle in the 1980's turned the tide of the conflict. This book is a reaffirmation of her genuinely feminine intuition towards a complex human tragedy spanning the last three decades."
"Joanne Herring is an extraordinary woman who was and still is a real catalyst for peace in our world. Here is her story for the first time in her own words about how she worked with Charlie Wilson and others to bring change to one of the most troubled parts of the world, and about what she is doing today to do the same. All of us who love and know Joanne, knows that she never gives up."
"I love the way Joanne speaks so passionately and with such knowledge about the plight of the Afghan people and all she is doing to help them."
"Joanne Herring is a very difficult woman to say no to."
"The inimitable and gorgeous Joanne King Herring, smarter and better in life than on any movie screen!"
"I have known Joanne all my life. She walks where others fear to tread and never quits. She is a flash of light in a dark world."
"The world is beating a path to her door because of her charm, intelligence and beauty."
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