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In 1946, while Rosy the Riveter was taking her shop apron off and setting down her wrench for the last time, Millie Uher got into a U.S. Army surplus Jeep and drove up into the hills southwest of Maracaibo, Venezuela. In this biography written by her son, we learn she was much more than a working mother. She was a woman of the world and a rare trendsetter that changed the world without design and perhaps intent. The development and education expert would live 100 years and break ground and gender barriers as an athlete in basketball, tennis, golf, and especially alpine skiing as she trekked the globe. She dared to go where others, including men, dared not go, living her life at full speed and never once touching the brakes. From immigrant’s child to global diplomat, from rural schoolchild to urbane single mother, and from first-generation high school graduate to Ph.D., this is the story of a traditional American girl who became a bona fide adventurer.
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Sep 10, 2017This book tells the story of a young woman from a very modest background who achieves remarkable success (both professionally and in raising her family) during a historical era when society was not particularly welcoming of women to our most elite universities and/or to the highest echelons of professional success (i.e. the 1930s to 1960s). That storyline alone was so fascinating that I wound up reading this book in two extended sittings where I only reluctantly put the book down. Personally, the story captured my interest on several levels. First, the nature of her accomplishments is worthy of recognition, since this was a woman whose success was based on doing good works for literally thousands of people and families in deep need of assistance, which spanned many geographic regions of the US and South America, often necessitating making a life for her and her family in some very challenging and/or remote circumstances. Second, this was a person whose success reflected her selfless,... More > kind, caring and generous nature which, at least for me, echoes the finest qualities that I have observed in my own maternal parent, and will always stand as a benchmark that I aspire to reach. Third, the story itself has been related in a very appealing and entertaining way, courtesy of the author’s good-natured sense of humor about the family’s periodic trials and tribulations, which the author experienced first-hand as the son of this exceptional woman. In summary, this is a fascinating story, related in a very entertaining manner, and which is inspiring on many levels. Enjoy.< Less
Aug 30, 2017I read Mater Gladiatrix late into the night, three nights in a row, reticent to put down the story of the Mom anyone of us would like to be. Fearless, bold, daring, enterprising, loving, protective, accomplished. Her story is told in an "armchair" manner by her son; with a comfortable narrative style full of love yet honest storytelling that kept me eager to turn the pages and "hear" more. Aren't there more stories to tell?
Jul 30, 2017This is a terrific read for anyone who’s had a mother in their lives. In the hands of lessor writers, memoirs such as this can bog down. Richard Marin is blessed with two things here, a remarkable and amazing subject and superb story-telling skills. In a previous book, Marin laid out the intricacies and potential solutions to the global pension crisis. I’m not an economist, but Marin found a way to make that book totally absorbing. This book will have far broader appeal. Who won’t identify with a driven, pragmatic, pugnacious, unapologetic woman who fiercely lived life her way years before women “did that sort of thing.” From Ithaca, New York to Maracaibo, from Caracas to Wisconsin and from Brazil to Rome and finally Las Vegas, Millie Uher built a career around making life better for underprivileged people around the globe. Beginning with a degree from Cornell, she worked for the New York State Welfare Department, the Rockefeller Foundation and the United Nations. But she’s no... More > climb-the-ladder, singularly focused career woman. She’s a woman passionate about sports and the outdoors, especially golf and skiing, with a stern hand on the tiller when it came to raising three children, for the most part, without an involved father figure. Marin chronicles her life with humor and fabulous stories. Several sections are worthy of the Dave Barry line, “you can’t make this stuff up.” I feel privileged to have shared this up close, personal and intimate story. If you had a mother, you will love this book.< Less
Jul 29, 2017Inspirational biography which reads like fiction because of Mille's remarkable accomplishments. Read it and you will see what I mean. I especially enjoyed following Millie's exploits set against the historical backdrop of the 20th century. A totally enjoyable and easy read and a wonderful tribute to this extraordinary lady!
Jul 28, 2017Well-crafted biography resonates best when written as history, and anyone who wants to know more about the world we live in today should read Mater Gladiatrix and the story of a smart, pragmatic, daring woman who carved her own path to fulfillment without the need of support groups, career gurus or social media "how-to" videos. Rich Marin refers to his mother, Millie Uher, as "free-spirited" throughout the book. But that doesn't capture all of Millie Uher. Rather, she's a prime example of one of those women (like my first boss, who was of similar age) who didn't feel she had to break the rules to get ahead - she just didn't think the rules mattered all that much as long as she could figure out a way to do what had to be done, and leap at opportunity when it came along. Millie never set out to be a role model for anyone, not even her three kids she dragged along on her international adventure. But she became a role model for anyone who needs to believe traveling... More > your own road is the way to go. A great read and a heartfelt memoir by the author.< Less
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- Richard A. Marin (Standard Copyright License)
- July 17, 2017
- Hardcover (dust-jacket)
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.78 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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