THE VICTORIA WOODHULL SAGA
By Neal Katz
2016 Winner of three Gold Medals: IBPA Ben Franklin, Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book by a Publisher, the IPPY Award for Best Historical Fiction, and Gold Medal for Historical Fiction/Personage by Reader’s Favorite. Other Awards: Finalist in the Historical Fiction category of the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Second Place winner of the IndieReader Discovery Award for Best Fiction, Best New Fiction in the International Book Awards for 2016, Finalist in two categories Independent Author Network Book of the Year, Chantecleer Goethe Award Finalist, Shelf Unbound Notable 100, and one of IndieReader’s Best Books of 2016.
Outrageous, The Victoria Woodhull Saga, Volume 1: Rise to Riches
What compels a woman and her youngest sister to overcome abject poverty and violent abuse to grow up to defy convention and obliterate every barrier to become the first women to own and operate a Wall Street brokerage firm and publish their own newspaper?
How did Victoria Claflin Woodhull (1838 – 1927) become the first woman invited to speak to the United State Congress, and then the first female to run for President. What made Tennessee Celeste Claflin (1845 – 1923) so beguiling that the richest man in America, Cornelius Vanderbilt, fell completely in love with her?
Scandalous, The Victoria Woodhull Saga, Volume 2: Fame, Infamy and Paradise Lost
Victoria Woodhull and Tennessee Celeste Claflin used their wealth achieved in Volume I to become the first women to open a brokerage firm and own, edit, and publish a newspaper. How else will the sisters use their fame and fortune?
Victoria becomes the first woman invited to address the United State House of Representatives. She becomes the spokesperson for Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. Meanwhile, Tennessee runs for state office. Then, Victoria secures the nomination and runs for President of the United States.
Neal Katz is a semi-retired, successful, serial entrepreneur, CEO with a passion for women rights. He lives a life based on self-awareness and Love. He practices Yoga, meditates daily, has taught A Course in Miracles, produced Oregon wines under the LOVE, a Wine Co. label, enjoys being a gourmet chef, recites Vedic sutras, and writes his own inspirational poetry.
The saga of Victoria Woodhull appealed to Neal, as it served three purposes. First, the story provokes public awareness of the historical and continuing denigration and subjugation of gender prejudice. Second, the tale exposes the historical basis for the manipulation of the “free markets” of stocks, bonds and commodities. Third, the story shows how existing financial and political power structures used prison and seizure of assets to prevent innovation and social change. Victoria Woodhull overcame all these obstacles in a remarkable life.