The Trials of Nina McCall: Sex, Surveillance, and the Decades-Long Government Plan to Imprison "Promiscuous" Women

The Trials of Nina McCall: Sex, Surveillance, and the Decades-Long Government Plan to Imprison "Promiscuous" Women

The nearly forgotten story of the American Plan, one of the largest and longest-lasting mass quarantines in American history, told through the lens of one young woman's story. In 1918, shortly after her eighteenth birthday, Nina McCall was told to report to the local health officer to be examined for sexually transmitted infections. Confused and humiliated, Nina did as sh The nearly forgotten story of the American Plan, one of the largest and longest-lasting mass quarantines in America...

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Title:The Trials of Nina McCall: Sex, Surveillance, and the Decades-Long Government Plan to Imprison "Promiscuous" Women
Author:Scott W. Stern
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Genres:History
ISBN:0807042757
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:368 pages pages

The Trials of Nina McCall: Sex, Surveillance, and the Decades-Long Government Plan to Imprison "Promiscuous" Women Reviews

  • El
    May 01, 2018

    Disclaimer: I read this book at the request of a professor I work with, as this book was written by his son. I did not meet the author prior to reading this book, so the connection to his father has no bearing on my opinion of the book. * Have you heard of the American Plan? No? ...

  • Three Dog Books
    Aug 24, 2018

    Disclaimer: I read this book at the request of a professor I work with, as this book was written by his son. I did not meet the author prior to reading this book, so the connection to his father has no bearing on my opinion of the book. * Have you heard of the American Plan? No? ...

    I'm sitting here trying to come up with the right words to express my thoughts. They won't come. I think I'm still in shock. What I can immediately tell you is don't hesitate; read this book. Scott Stern is a talented writer. His style is narrative nonfiction, similar to Erik Larso...

    The Trials of Nina McCall (Sex, Surveillance, and the Decades-Long Government Plan to Imprison ?Promiscuous? Women) is author Scott W. Stern?s meticulously researched exposť of America?s unconscionable misuse of power. The writing can be dry at times but that only accentuates ...

    I am really pleased to have been introduced to a subject matter previously unknown to me and I applaud the author for his thorough research. However (and especially since it was stated that the author will publish a more in-depth version to be consumed by academia), there was FAR too m...

    How often we women turn on our own.Stern discusses one part of the movement in the early 20th century to criminalize female sexuality. Between 1918 and 1950 thousands of women were incarcerated and forcibly subjected to dangerous and experimental medical treatments, forcibly sterilized...

    well written - exhaustively researched - hidden history that needs to be read in as much as the law enforcement problems the book exposed are still with us. Exams that were more torturous than necessary for what should have been a standard medical procedure. For a woman, circa 1918,...

    The Trials of Nina McCall is a meticulously researched, immensely fascinating deep dive into a hitherto almost unremembered aspect of American history: the American Plan, a decades-long attempt to unfairly imprison and forcibly treat thousands of women who were ?suspected? (reasona...

    I can't believe this book only has 12 reviews. This looks like such a fascinating read! ...

    A majority of the book is about the false imprisonment, questionable services for and eventual trial of Nina McCall all in the name of the betterment of America. Unsurprisingly, there is a lot of government overreaching, racism, sexism and religious bias in the plan used to help keep t...

    Informative and intense. The book was overwhelming at times with loaded historical background. Quite often, I felt as though I was rereading the facts... overly stated and perhaps could have been summarized better. I also did not like the fact that the author never touched on male birt...

    Another dissertation. It needed work before being released as a book. The first cloying errors involved basic spelling. State and street names need to be capitalized. So do the names of government departments. There is a repetitive consistency to the author?s errors that demonstrates...

    I enjoy reading about little-known, unbelievable events that happened in our country, and that is why I chose this book. This book is about a little-known and shocking event in our country?s history. It is about the American Plan, a plan in effect from the 1910?s into the 1950?s,...

    This book made me angry. I have no other way to express this, other than feeling angry. As a student of history (and law), my mind is simply amazed (and yet not) that I had never heard of the American Plan. Granted, my studies focused primarily on the European side of things during WW1...

    DNF. A very long scholarly book that traces the American Plan, which started as a plan to sweep the streets regularly to pick up, give gynecological examinations to, and possibly imprison any woman seen walking along the streets alone. It was an egregious patriarchal plan to find women...

    The fifth star is also for the new and frightening information about our government's love for heinous treatment of the citizens who are supposed to be the power behind the government. Stern uses the life of Nina McCall as representative of the long and despicable plan by the governmen...

    While this book might not be for everyone, I enjoyed this look at "The American Plan", our nation's response to STIs (syphilis & gonorrhea) before the advent of antibiotics. What I found disturbing was not the plan itself-it was meant to protect the public from infectious disease-b...

    Just. Couldn't. Finish. "Exhaustively" documented turns out to be TOO documented, -- I know it is vital to cite all your sources, and that they be original sources, but it is not vital to know what the weather was on the day that some event took place -- and the author has a tin ear ...

    A deeply researched account of the little known "American Plan," a sinister, nationwide program initated by the federal government that persecuted, assaulted, imprisoned, and sterilized tens of thousands of women (the majority non-white) under the guise of combatting STIs from World Wa...

    This book was a tough for you. The writing was dry and at times overly detailed with things like the weather and character descriptions. I give it a better rating because of the subject matter and that the author brought this to my attention. ...

    important work of nonfiction. The American Plan subjected countless women to forcible gynecological exams and incarceration. It was especially rough on the marginalized in society. And these laws are still on the books. ...

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    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

  • Brenda
    Jul 03, 2018

    Disclaimer: I read this book at the request of a professor I work with, as this book was written by his son. I did not meet the author prior to reading this book, so the connection to his father has no bearing on my opinion of the book. * Have you heard of the American Plan? No? ...

    I'm sitting here trying to come up with the right words to express my thoughts. They won't come. I think I'm still in shock. What I can immediately tell you is don't hesitate; read this book. Scott Stern is a talented writer. His style is narrative nonfiction, similar to Erik Larso...

    The Trials of Nina McCall (Sex, Surveillance, and the Decades-Long Government Plan to Imprison ?Promiscuous? Women) is author Scott W. Stern?s meticulously researched exposť of America?s unconscionable misuse of power. The writing can be dry at times but that only accentuates ...

    I am really pleased to have been introduced to a subject matter previously unknown to me and I applaud the author for his thorough research. However (and especially since it was stated that the author will publish a more in-depth version to be consumed by academia), there was FAR too m...

    How often we women turn on our own.Stern discusses one part of the movement in the early 20th century to criminalize female sexuality. Between 1918 and 1950 thousands of women were incarcerated and forcibly subjected to dangerous and experimental medical treatments, forcibly sterilized...

    well written - exhaustively researched - hidden history that needs to be read in as much as the law enforcement problems the book exposed are still with us. Exams that were more torturous than necessary for what should have been a standard medical procedure. For a woman, circa 1918,...

    The Trials of Nina McCall is a meticulously researched, immensely fascinating deep dive into a hitherto almost unremembered aspect of American history: the American Plan, a decades-long attempt to unfairly imprison and forcibly treat thousands of women who were ?suspected? (reasona...

    I can't believe this book only has 12 reviews. This looks like such a fascinating read! ...

    A majority of the book is about the false imprisonment, questionable services for and eventual trial of Nina McCall all in the name of the betterment of America. Unsurprisingly, there is a lot of government overreaching, racism, sexism and religious bias in the plan used to help keep t...

    Informative and intense. The book was overwhelming at times with loaded historical background. Quite often, I felt as though I was rereading the facts... overly stated and perhaps could have been summarized better. I also did not like the fact that the author never touched on male birt...

  • Debbie
    Sep 17, 2018

    Disclaimer: I read this book at the request of a professor I work with, as this book was written by his son. I did not meet the author prior to reading this book, so the connection to his father has no bearing on my opinion of the book. * Have you heard of the American Plan? No? ...

    I'm sitting here trying to come up with the right words to express my thoughts. They won't come. I think I'm still in shock. What I can immediately tell you is don't hesitate; read this book. Scott Stern is a talented writer. His style is narrative nonfiction, similar to Erik Larso...

    The Trials of Nina McCall (Sex, Surveillance, and the Decades-Long Government Plan to Imprison ?Promiscuous? Women) is author Scott W. Stern?s meticulously researched exposť of America?s unconscionable misuse of power. The writing can be dry at times but that only accentuates ...

    I am really pleased to have been introduced to a subject matter previously unknown to me and I applaud the author for his thorough research. However (and especially since it was stated that the author will publish a more in-depth version to be consumed by academia), there was FAR too m...

    How often we women turn on our own.Stern discusses one part of the movement in the early 20th century to criminalize female sexuality. Between 1918 and 1950 thousands of women were incarcerated and forcibly subjected to dangerous and experimental medical treatments, forcibly sterilized...

    well written - exhaustively researched - hidden history that needs to be read in as much as the law enforcement problems the book exposed are still with us. Exams that were more torturous than necessary for what should have been a standard medical procedure. For a woman, circa 1918,...

    The Trials of Nina McCall is a meticulously researched, immensely fascinating deep dive into a hitherto almost unremembered aspect of American history: the American Plan, a decades-long attempt to unfairly imprison and forcibly treat thousands of women who were ?suspected? (reasona...

    I can't believe this book only has 12 reviews. This looks like such a fascinating read! ...

    A majority of the book is about the false imprisonment, questionable services for and eventual trial of Nina McCall all in the name of the betterment of America. Unsurprisingly, there is a lot of government overreaching, racism, sexism and religious bias in the plan used to help keep t...

    Informative and intense. The book was overwhelming at times with loaded historical background. Quite often, I felt as though I was rereading the facts... overly stated and perhaps could have been summarized better. I also did not like the fact that the author never touched on male birt...

    Another dissertation. It needed work before being released as a book. The first cloying errors involved basic spelling. State and street names need to be capitalized. So do the names of government departments. There is a repetitive consistency to the author?s errors that demonstrates...

    I enjoy reading about little-known, unbelievable events that happened in our country, and that is why I chose this book. This book is about a little-known and shocking event in our country?s history. It is about the American Plan, a plan in effect from the 1910?s into the 1950?s,...

    This book made me angry. I have no other way to express this, other than feeling angry. As a student of history (and law), my mind is simply amazed (and yet not) that I had never heard of the American Plan. Granted, my studies focused primarily on the European side of things during WW1...

    DNF. A very long scholarly book that traces the American Plan, which started as a plan to sweep the streets regularly to pick up, give gynecological examinations to, and possibly imprison any woman seen walking along the streets alone. It was an egregious patriarchal plan to find women...

    The fifth star is also for the new and frightening information about our government's love for heinous treatment of the citizens who are supposed to be the power behind the government. Stern uses the life of Nina McCall as representative of the long and despicable plan by the governmen...

    While this book might not be for everyone, I enjoyed this look at "The American Plan", our nation's response to STIs (syphilis & gonorrhea) before the advent of antibiotics. What I found disturbing was not the plan itself-it was meant to protect the public from infectious disease-b...

  • Darcia Helle
    Apr 16, 2018

    Disclaimer: I read this book at the request of a professor I work with, as this book was written by his son. I did not meet the author prior to reading this book, so the connection to his father has no bearing on my opinion of the book. * Have you heard of the American Plan? No? ...

    I'm sitting here trying to come up with the right words to express my thoughts. They won't come. I think I'm still in shock. What I can immediately tell you is don't hesitate; read this book. Scott Stern is a talented writer. His style is narrative nonfiction, similar to Erik Larso...

  • Edward Sullivan
    Sep 16, 2018

    Disclaimer: I read this book at the request of a professor I work with, as this book was written by his son. I did not meet the author prior to reading this book, so the connection to his father has no bearing on my opinion of the book. * Have you heard of the American Plan? No? ...

    I'm sitting here trying to come up with the right words to express my thoughts. They won't come. I think I'm still in shock. What I can immediately tell you is don't hesitate; read this book. Scott Stern is a talented writer. His style is narrative nonfiction, similar to Erik Larso...

    The Trials of Nina McCall (Sex, Surveillance, and the Decades-Long Government Plan to Imprison ?Promiscuous? Women) is author Scott W. Stern?s meticulously researched exposť of America?s unconscionable misuse of power. The writing can be dry at times but that only accentuates ...

    I am really pleased to have been introduced to a subject matter previously unknown to me and I applaud the author for his thorough research. However (and especially since it was stated that the author will publish a more in-depth version to be consumed by academia), there was FAR too m...

    How often we women turn on our own.Stern discusses one part of the movement in the early 20th century to criminalize female sexuality. Between 1918 and 1950 thousands of women were incarcerated and forcibly subjected to dangerous and experimental medical treatments, forcibly sterilized...

    well written - exhaustively researched - hidden history that needs to be read in as much as the law enforcement problems the book exposed are still with us. Exams that were more torturous than necessary for what should have been a standard medical procedure. For a woman, circa 1918,...

    The Trials of Nina McCall is a meticulously researched, immensely fascinating deep dive into a hitherto almost unremembered aspect of American history: the American Plan, a decades-long attempt to unfairly imprison and forcibly treat thousands of women who were ?suspected? (reasona...

    I can't believe this book only has 12 reviews. This looks like such a fascinating read! ...

    A majority of the book is about the false imprisonment, questionable services for and eventual trial of Nina McCall all in the name of the betterment of America. Unsurprisingly, there is a lot of government overreaching, racism, sexism and religious bias in the plan used to help keep t...

    Informative and intense. The book was overwhelming at times with loaded historical background. Quite often, I felt as though I was rereading the facts... overly stated and perhaps could have been summarized better. I also did not like the fact that the author never touched on male birt...

    Another dissertation. It needed work before being released as a book. The first cloying errors involved basic spelling. State and street names need to be capitalized. So do the names of government departments. There is a repetitive consistency to the author?s errors that demonstrates...

    I enjoy reading about little-known, unbelievable events that happened in our country, and that is why I chose this book. This book is about a little-known and shocking event in our country?s history. It is about the American Plan, a plan in effect from the 1910?s into the 1950?s,...

    This book made me angry. I have no other way to express this, other than feeling angry. As a student of history (and law), my mind is simply amazed (and yet not) that I had never heard of the American Plan. Granted, my studies focused primarily on the European side of things during WW1...

    DNF. A very long scholarly book that traces the American Plan, which started as a plan to sweep the streets regularly to pick up, give gynecological examinations to, and possibly imprison any woman seen walking along the streets alone. It was an egregious patriarchal plan to find women...

    The fifth star is also for the new and frightening information about our government's love for heinous treatment of the citizens who are supposed to be the power behind the government. Stern uses the life of Nina McCall as representative of the long and despicable plan by the governmen...

    While this book might not be for everyone, I enjoyed this look at "The American Plan", our nation's response to STIs (syphilis & gonorrhea) before the advent of antibiotics. What I found disturbing was not the plan itself-it was meant to protect the public from infectious disease-b...

    Just. Couldn't. Finish. "Exhaustively" documented turns out to be TOO documented, -- I know it is vital to cite all your sources, and that they be original sources, but it is not vital to know what the weather was on the day that some event took place -- and the author has a tin ear ...

    A deeply researched account of the little known "American Plan," a sinister, nationwide program initated by the federal government that persecuted, assaulted, imprisoned, and sterilized tens of thousands of women (the majority non-white) under the guise of combatting STIs from World Wa...

  • Susan
    Sep 16, 2018

    Disclaimer: I read this book at the request of a professor I work with, as this book was written by his son. I did not meet the author prior to reading this book, so the connection to his father has no bearing on my opinion of the book. * Have you heard of the American Plan? No? ...

    I'm sitting here trying to come up with the right words to express my thoughts. They won't come. I think I'm still in shock. What I can immediately tell you is don't hesitate; read this book. Scott Stern is a talented writer. His style is narrative nonfiction, similar to Erik Larso...

    The Trials of Nina McCall (Sex, Surveillance, and the Decades-Long Government Plan to Imprison ?Promiscuous? Women) is author Scott W. Stern?s meticulously researched exposť of America?s unconscionable misuse of power. The writing can be dry at times but that only accentuates ...

    I am really pleased to have been introduced to a subject matter previously unknown to me and I applaud the author for his thorough research. However (and especially since it was stated that the author will publish a more in-depth version to be consumed by academia), there was FAR too m...

    How often we women turn on our own.Stern discusses one part of the movement in the early 20th century to criminalize female sexuality. Between 1918 and 1950 thousands of women were incarcerated and forcibly subjected to dangerous and experimental medical treatments, forcibly sterilized...

    well written - exhaustively researched - hidden history that needs to be read in as much as the law enforcement problems the book exposed are still with us. Exams that were more torturous than necessary for what should have been a standard medical procedure. For a woman, circa 1918,...

    The Trials of Nina McCall is a meticulously researched, immensely fascinating deep dive into a hitherto almost unremembered aspect of American history: the American Plan, a decades-long attempt to unfairly imprison and forcibly treat thousands of women who were ?suspected? (reasona...

    I can't believe this book only has 12 reviews. This looks like such a fascinating read! ...

    A majority of the book is about the false imprisonment, questionable services for and eventual trial of Nina McCall all in the name of the betterment of America. Unsurprisingly, there is a lot of government overreaching, racism, sexism and religious bias in the plan used to help keep t...

    Informative and intense. The book was overwhelming at times with loaded historical background. Quite often, I felt as though I was rereading the facts... overly stated and perhaps could have been summarized better. I also did not like the fact that the author never touched on male birt...

    Another dissertation. It needed work before being released as a book. The first cloying errors involved basic spelling. State and street names need to be capitalized. So do the names of government departments. There is a repetitive consistency to the author?s errors that demonstrates...

    I enjoy reading about little-known, unbelievable events that happened in our country, and that is why I chose this book. This book is about a little-known and shocking event in our country?s history. It is about the American Plan, a plan in effect from the 1910?s into the 1950?s,...

    This book made me angry. I have no other way to express this, other than feeling angry. As a student of history (and law), my mind is simply amazed (and yet not) that I had never heard of the American Plan. Granted, my studies focused primarily on the European side of things during WW1...

    DNF. A very long scholarly book that traces the American Plan, which started as a plan to sweep the streets regularly to pick up, give gynecological examinations to, and possibly imprison any woman seen walking along the streets alone. It was an egregious patriarchal plan to find women...

    The fifth star is also for the new and frightening information about our government's love for heinous treatment of the citizens who are supposed to be the power behind the government. Stern uses the life of Nina McCall as representative of the long and despicable plan by the governmen...

    While this book might not be for everyone, I enjoyed this look at "The American Plan", our nation's response to STIs (syphilis & gonorrhea) before the advent of antibiotics. What I found disturbing was not the plan itself-it was meant to protect the public from infectious disease-b...

    Just. Couldn't. Finish. "Exhaustively" documented turns out to be TOO documented, -- I know it is vital to cite all your sources, and that they be original sources, but it is not vital to know what the weather was on the day that some event took place -- and the author has a tin ear ...

  • R.E. Conary
    May 03, 2018

    Disclaimer: I read this book at the request of a professor I work with, as this book was written by his son. I did not meet the author prior to reading this book, so the connection to his father has no bearing on my opinion of the book. * Have you heard of the American Plan? No? ...

    I'm sitting here trying to come up with the right words to express my thoughts. They won't come. I think I'm still in shock. What I can immediately tell you is don't hesitate; read this book. Scott Stern is a talented writer. His style is narrative nonfiction, similar to Erik Larso...

    The Trials of Nina McCall (Sex, Surveillance, and the Decades-Long Government Plan to Imprison ?Promiscuous? Women) is author Scott W. Stern?s meticulously researched exposť of America?s unconscionable misuse of power. The writing can be dry at times but that only accentuates ...

  • Adam Bricker
    Jul 12, 2018

    Disclaimer: I read this book at the request of a professor I work with, as this book was written by his son. I did not meet the author prior to reading this book, so the connection to his father has no bearing on my opinion of the book. * Have you heard of the American Plan? No? ...

    I'm sitting here trying to come up with the right words to express my thoughts. They won't come. I think I'm still in shock. What I can immediately tell you is don't hesitate; read this book. Scott Stern is a talented writer. His style is narrative nonfiction, similar to Erik Larso...

    The Trials of Nina McCall (Sex, Surveillance, and the Decades-Long Government Plan to Imprison ?Promiscuous? Women) is author Scott W. Stern?s meticulously researched exposť of America?s unconscionable misuse of power. The writing can be dry at times but that only accentuates ...

    I am really pleased to have been introduced to a subject matter previously unknown to me and I applaud the author for his thorough research. However (and especially since it was stated that the author will publish a more in-depth version to be consumed by academia), there was FAR too m...

    How often we women turn on our own.Stern discusses one part of the movement in the early 20th century to criminalize female sexuality. Between 1918 and 1950 thousands of women were incarcerated and forcibly subjected to dangerous and experimental medical treatments, forcibly sterilized...

    well written - exhaustively researched - hidden history that needs to be read in as much as the law enforcement problems the book exposed are still with us. Exams that were more torturous than necessary for what should have been a standard medical procedure. For a woman, circa 1918,...

    The Trials of Nina McCall is a meticulously researched, immensely fascinating deep dive into a hitherto almost unremembered aspect of American history: the American Plan, a decades-long attempt to unfairly imprison and forcibly treat thousands of women who were ?suspected? (reasona...

    I can't believe this book only has 12 reviews. This looks like such a fascinating read! ...

    A majority of the book is about the false imprisonment, questionable services for and eventual trial of Nina McCall all in the name of the betterment of America. Unsurprisingly, there is a lot of government overreaching, racism, sexism and religious bias in the plan used to help keep t...

  • Emily
    Jun 25, 2018

    Disclaimer: I read this book at the request of a professor I work with, as this book was written by his son. I did not meet the author prior to reading this book, so the connection to his father has no bearing on my opinion of the book. * Have you heard of the American Plan? No? ...

    I'm sitting here trying to come up with the right words to express my thoughts. They won't come. I think I'm still in shock. What I can immediately tell you is don't hesitate; read this book. Scott Stern is a talented writer. His style is narrative nonfiction, similar to Erik Larso...

    The Trials of Nina McCall (Sex, Surveillance, and the Decades-Long Government Plan to Imprison ?Promiscuous? Women) is author Scott W. Stern?s meticulously researched exposť of America?s unconscionable misuse of power. The writing can be dry at times but that only accentuates ...

    I am really pleased to have been introduced to a subject matter previously unknown to me and I applaud the author for his thorough research. However (and especially since it was stated that the author will publish a more in-depth version to be consumed by academia), there was FAR too m...

    How often we women turn on our own.Stern discusses one part of the movement in the early 20th century to criminalize female sexuality. Between 1918 and 1950 thousands of women were incarcerated and forcibly subjected to dangerous and experimental medical treatments, forcibly sterilized...

    well written - exhaustively researched - hidden history that needs to be read in as much as the law enforcement problems the book exposed are still with us. Exams that were more torturous than necessary for what should have been a standard medical procedure. For a woman, circa 1918,...

    The Trials of Nina McCall is a meticulously researched, immensely fascinating deep dive into a hitherto almost unremembered aspect of American history: the American Plan, a decades-long attempt to unfairly imprison and forcibly treat thousands of women who were ?suspected? (reasona...

    I can't believe this book only has 12 reviews. This looks like such a fascinating read! ...

    A majority of the book is about the false imprisonment, questionable services for and eventual trial of Nina McCall all in the name of the betterment of America. Unsurprisingly, there is a lot of government overreaching, racism, sexism and religious bias in the plan used to help keep t...

    Informative and intense. The book was overwhelming at times with loaded historical background. Quite often, I felt as though I was rereading the facts... overly stated and perhaps could have been summarized better. I also did not like the fact that the author never touched on male birt...

    Another dissertation. It needed work before being released as a book. The first cloying errors involved basic spelling. State and street names need to be capitalized. So do the names of government departments. There is a repetitive consistency to the author?s errors that demonstrates...

    I enjoy reading about little-known, unbelievable events that happened in our country, and that is why I chose this book. This book is about a little-known and shocking event in our country?s history. It is about the American Plan, a plan in effect from the 1910?s into the 1950?s,...

    This book made me angry. I have no other way to express this, other than feeling angry. As a student of history (and law), my mind is simply amazed (and yet not) that I had never heard of the American Plan. Granted, my studies focused primarily on the European side of things during WW1...

    DNF. A very long scholarly book that traces the American Plan, which started as a plan to sweep the streets regularly to pick up, give gynecological examinations to, and possibly imprison any woman seen walking along the streets alone. It was an egregious patriarchal plan to find women...

    The fifth star is also for the new and frightening information about our government's love for heinous treatment of the citizens who are supposed to be the power behind the government. Stern uses the life of Nina McCall as representative of the long and despicable plan by the governmen...

    While this book might not be for everyone, I enjoyed this look at "The American Plan", our nation's response to STIs (syphilis & gonorrhea) before the advent of antibiotics. What I found disturbing was not the plan itself-it was meant to protect the public from infectious disease-b...

    Just. Couldn't. Finish. "Exhaustively" documented turns out to be TOO documented, -- I know it is vital to cite all your sources, and that they be original sources, but it is not vital to know what the weather was on the day that some event took place -- and the author has a tin ear ...

    A deeply researched account of the little known "American Plan," a sinister, nationwide program initated by the federal government that persecuted, assaulted, imprisoned, and sterilized tens of thousands of women (the majority non-white) under the guise of combatting STIs from World Wa...

    This book was a tough for you. The writing was dry and at times overly detailed with things like the weather and character descriptions. I give it a better rating because of the subject matter and that the author brought this to my attention. ...

    important work of nonfiction. The American Plan subjected countless women to forcible gynecological exams and incarceration. It was especially rough on the marginalized in society. And these laws are still on the books. ...

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    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

  • Ellen Little
    Sep 01, 2018

    Disclaimer: I read this book at the request of a professor I work with, as this book was written by his son. I did not meet the author prior to reading this book, so the connection to his father has no bearing on my opinion of the book. * Have you heard of the American Plan? No? ...

    I'm sitting here trying to come up with the right words to express my thoughts. They won't come. I think I'm still in shock. What I can immediately tell you is don't hesitate; read this book. Scott Stern is a talented writer. His style is narrative nonfiction, similar to Erik Larso...

    The Trials of Nina McCall (Sex, Surveillance, and the Decades-Long Government Plan to Imprison ?Promiscuous? Women) is author Scott W. Stern?s meticulously researched exposť of America?s unconscionable misuse of power. The writing can be dry at times but that only accentuates ...

    I am really pleased to have been introduced to a subject matter previously unknown to me and I applaud the author for his thorough research. However (and especially since it was stated that the author will publish a more in-depth version to be consumed by academia), there was FAR too m...

    How often we women turn on our own.Stern discusses one part of the movement in the early 20th century to criminalize female sexuality. Between 1918 and 1950 thousands of women were incarcerated and forcibly subjected to dangerous and experimental medical treatments, forcibly sterilized...

    well written - exhaustively researched - hidden history that needs to be read in as much as the law enforcement problems the book exposed are still with us. Exams that were more torturous than necessary for what should have been a standard medical procedure. For a woman, circa 1918,...

    The Trials of Nina McCall is a meticulously researched, immensely fascinating deep dive into a hitherto almost unremembered aspect of American history: the American Plan, a decades-long attempt to unfairly imprison and forcibly treat thousands of women who were ?suspected? (reasona...

    I can't believe this book only has 12 reviews. This looks like such a fascinating read! ...

    A majority of the book is about the false imprisonment, questionable services for and eventual trial of Nina McCall all in the name of the betterment of America. Unsurprisingly, there is a lot of government overreaching, racism, sexism and religious bias in the plan used to help keep t...

    Informative and intense. The book was overwhelming at times with loaded historical background. Quite often, I felt as though I was rereading the facts... overly stated and perhaps could have been summarized better. I also did not like the fact that the author never touched on male birt...

    Another dissertation. It needed work before being released as a book. The first cloying errors involved basic spelling. State and street names need to be capitalized. So do the names of government departments. There is a repetitive consistency to the author?s errors that demonstrates...

    I enjoy reading about little-known, unbelievable events that happened in our country, and that is why I chose this book. This book is about a little-known and shocking event in our country?s history. It is about the American Plan, a plan in effect from the 1910?s into the 1950?s,...

    This book made me angry. I have no other way to express this, other than feeling angry. As a student of history (and law), my mind is simply amazed (and yet not) that I had never heard of the American Plan. Granted, my studies focused primarily on the European side of things during WW1...

    DNF. A very long scholarly book that traces the American Plan, which started as a plan to sweep the streets regularly to pick up, give gynecological examinations to, and possibly imprison any woman seen walking along the streets alone. It was an egregious patriarchal plan to find women...

    The fifth star is also for the new and frightening information about our government's love for heinous treatment of the citizens who are supposed to be the power behind the government. Stern uses the life of Nina McCall as representative of the long and despicable plan by the governmen...

    While this book might not be for everyone, I enjoyed this look at "The American Plan", our nation's response to STIs (syphilis & gonorrhea) before the advent of antibiotics. What I found disturbing was not the plan itself-it was meant to protect the public from infectious disease-b...

    Just. Couldn't. Finish. "Exhaustively" documented turns out to be TOO documented, -- I know it is vital to cite all your sources, and that they be original sources, but it is not vital to know what the weather was on the day that some event took place -- and the author has a tin ear ...

    A deeply researched account of the little known "American Plan," a sinister, nationwide program initated by the federal government that persecuted, assaulted, imprisoned, and sterilized tens of thousands of women (the majority non-white) under the guise of combatting STIs from World Wa...

    This book was a tough for you. The writing was dry and at times overly detailed with things like the weather and character descriptions. I give it a better rating because of the subject matter and that the author brought this to my attention. ...

    important work of nonfiction. The American Plan subjected countless women to forcible gynecological exams and incarceration. It was especially rough on the marginalized in society. And these laws are still on the books. ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

  • Tom Johnson
    Aug 16, 2018

    Disclaimer: I read this book at the request of a professor I work with, as this book was written by his son. I did not meet the author prior to reading this book, so the connection to his father has no bearing on my opinion of the book. * Have you heard of the American Plan? No? ...

    I'm sitting here trying to come up with the right words to express my thoughts. They won't come. I think I'm still in shock. What I can immediately tell you is don't hesitate; read this book. Scott Stern is a talented writer. His style is narrative nonfiction, similar to Erik Larso...

    The Trials of Nina McCall (Sex, Surveillance, and the Decades-Long Government Plan to Imprison ?Promiscuous? Women) is author Scott W. Stern?s meticulously researched exposť of America?s unconscionable misuse of power. The writing can be dry at times but that only accentuates ...

    I am really pleased to have been introduced to a subject matter previously unknown to me and I applaud the author for his thorough research. However (and especially since it was stated that the author will publish a more in-depth version to be consumed by academia), there was FAR too m...

    How often we women turn on our own.Stern discusses one part of the movement in the early 20th century to criminalize female sexuality. Between 1918 and 1950 thousands of women were incarcerated and forcibly subjected to dangerous and experimental medical treatments, forcibly sterilized...

    well written - exhaustively researched - hidden history that needs to be read in as much as the law enforcement problems the book exposed are still with us. Exams that were more torturous than necessary for what should have been a standard medical procedure. For a woman, circa 1918,...

  • Melanie
    Aug 04, 2018

    Disclaimer: I read this book at the request of a professor I work with, as this book was written by his son. I did not meet the author prior to reading this book, so the connection to his father has no bearing on my opinion of the book. * Have you heard of the American Plan? No? ...

    I'm sitting here trying to come up with the right words to express my thoughts. They won't come. I think I'm still in shock. What I can immediately tell you is don't hesitate; read this book. Scott Stern is a talented writer. His style is narrative nonfiction, similar to Erik Larso...

    The Trials of Nina McCall (Sex, Surveillance, and the Decades-Long Government Plan to Imprison ?Promiscuous? Women) is author Scott W. Stern?s meticulously researched exposť of America?s unconscionable misuse of power. The writing can be dry at times but that only accentuates ...

    I am really pleased to have been introduced to a subject matter previously unknown to me and I applaud the author for his thorough research. However (and especially since it was stated that the author will publish a more in-depth version to be consumed by academia), there was FAR too m...

    How often we women turn on our own.Stern discusses one part of the movement in the early 20th century to criminalize female sexuality. Between 1918 and 1950 thousands of women were incarcerated and forcibly subjected to dangerous and experimental medical treatments, forcibly sterilized...

    well written - exhaustively researched - hidden history that needs to be read in as much as the law enforcement problems the book exposed are still with us. Exams that were more torturous than necessary for what should have been a standard medical procedure. For a woman, circa 1918,...

    The Trials of Nina McCall is a meticulously researched, immensely fascinating deep dive into a hitherto almost unremembered aspect of American history: the American Plan, a decades-long attempt to unfairly imprison and forcibly treat thousands of women who were ?suspected? (reasona...

  • Lynn
    Jul 14, 2018

    Disclaimer: I read this book at the request of a professor I work with, as this book was written by his son. I did not meet the author prior to reading this book, so the connection to his father has no bearing on my opinion of the book. * Have you heard of the American Plan? No? ...

    I'm sitting here trying to come up with the right words to express my thoughts. They won't come. I think I'm still in shock. What I can immediately tell you is don't hesitate; read this book. Scott Stern is a talented writer. His style is narrative nonfiction, similar to Erik Larso...

    The Trials of Nina McCall (Sex, Surveillance, and the Decades-Long Government Plan to Imprison ?Promiscuous? Women) is author Scott W. Stern?s meticulously researched exposť of America?s unconscionable misuse of power. The writing can be dry at times but that only accentuates ...

    I am really pleased to have been introduced to a subject matter previously unknown to me and I applaud the author for his thorough research. However (and especially since it was stated that the author will publish a more in-depth version to be consumed by academia), there was FAR too m...

  • Karin Slaughter
    Aug 08, 2018

    Disclaimer: I read this book at the request of a professor I work with, as this book was written by his son. I did not meet the author prior to reading this book, so the connection to his father has no bearing on my opinion of the book. * Have you heard of the American Plan? No? ...

    I'm sitting here trying to come up with the right words to express my thoughts. They won't come. I think I'm still in shock. What I can immediately tell you is don't hesitate; read this book. Scott Stern is a talented writer. His style is narrative nonfiction, similar to Erik Larso...

    The Trials of Nina McCall (Sex, Surveillance, and the Decades-Long Government Plan to Imprison ?Promiscuous? Women) is author Scott W. Stern?s meticulously researched exposť of America?s unconscionable misuse of power. The writing can be dry at times but that only accentuates ...

    I am really pleased to have been introduced to a subject matter previously unknown to me and I applaud the author for his thorough research. However (and especially since it was stated that the author will publish a more in-depth version to be consumed by academia), there was FAR too m...

    How often we women turn on our own.Stern discusses one part of the movement in the early 20th century to criminalize female sexuality. Between 1918 and 1950 thousands of women were incarcerated and forcibly subjected to dangerous and experimental medical treatments, forcibly sterilized...

    well written - exhaustively researched - hidden history that needs to be read in as much as the law enforcement problems the book exposed are still with us. Exams that were more torturous than necessary for what should have been a standard medical procedure. For a woman, circa 1918,...

    The Trials of Nina McCall is a meticulously researched, immensely fascinating deep dive into a hitherto almost unremembered aspect of American history: the American Plan, a decades-long attempt to unfairly imprison and forcibly treat thousands of women who were ?suspected? (reasona...

    I can't believe this book only has 12 reviews. This looks like such a fascinating read! ...

    A majority of the book is about the false imprisonment, questionable services for and eventual trial of Nina McCall all in the name of the betterment of America. Unsurprisingly, there is a lot of government overreaching, racism, sexism and religious bias in the plan used to help keep t...

    Informative and intense. The book was overwhelming at times with loaded historical background. Quite often, I felt as though I was rereading the facts... overly stated and perhaps could have been summarized better. I also did not like the fact that the author never touched on male birt...

    Another dissertation. It needed work before being released as a book. The first cloying errors involved basic spelling. State and street names need to be capitalized. So do the names of government departments. There is a repetitive consistency to the author?s errors that demonstrates...

    I enjoy reading about little-known, unbelievable events that happened in our country, and that is why I chose this book. This book is about a little-known and shocking event in our country?s history. It is about the American Plan, a plan in effect from the 1910?s into the 1950?s,...

    This book made me angry. I have no other way to express this, other than feeling angry. As a student of history (and law), my mind is simply amazed (and yet not) that I had never heard of the American Plan. Granted, my studies focused primarily on the European side of things during WW1...

    DNF. A very long scholarly book that traces the American Plan, which started as a plan to sweep the streets regularly to pick up, give gynecological examinations to, and possibly imprison any woman seen walking along the streets alone. It was an egregious patriarchal plan to find women...

    The fifth star is also for the new and frightening information about our government's love for heinous treatment of the citizens who are supposed to be the power behind the government. Stern uses the life of Nina McCall as representative of the long and despicable plan by the governmen...

    While this book might not be for everyone, I enjoyed this look at "The American Plan", our nation's response to STIs (syphilis & gonorrhea) before the advent of antibiotics. What I found disturbing was not the plan itself-it was meant to protect the public from infectious disease-b...

    Just. Couldn't. Finish. "Exhaustively" documented turns out to be TOO documented, -- I know it is vital to cite all your sources, and that they be original sources, but it is not vital to know what the weather was on the day that some event took place -- and the author has a tin ear ...

    A deeply researched account of the little known "American Plan," a sinister, nationwide program initated by the federal government that persecuted, assaulted, imprisoned, and sterilized tens of thousands of women (the majority non-white) under the guise of combatting STIs from World Wa...

    This book was a tough for you. The writing was dry and at times overly detailed with things like the weather and character descriptions. I give it a better rating because of the subject matter and that the author brought this to my attention. ...

    important work of nonfiction. The American Plan subjected countless women to forcible gynecological exams and incarceration. It was especially rough on the marginalized in society. And these laws are still on the books. ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

  • Sandra
    May 28, 2018

    Disclaimer: I read this book at the request of a professor I work with, as this book was written by his son. I did not meet the author prior to reading this book, so the connection to his father has no bearing on my opinion of the book. * Have you heard of the American Plan? No? ...

    I'm sitting here trying to come up with the right words to express my thoughts. They won't come. I think I'm still in shock. What I can immediately tell you is don't hesitate; read this book. Scott Stern is a talented writer. His style is narrative nonfiction, similar to Erik Larso...

    The Trials of Nina McCall (Sex, Surveillance, and the Decades-Long Government Plan to Imprison ?Promiscuous? Women) is author Scott W. Stern?s meticulously researched exposť of America?s unconscionable misuse of power. The writing can be dry at times but that only accentuates ...

    I am really pleased to have been introduced to a subject matter previously unknown to me and I applaud the author for his thorough research. However (and especially since it was stated that the author will publish a more in-depth version to be consumed by academia), there was FAR too m...

    How often we women turn on our own.Stern discusses one part of the movement in the early 20th century to criminalize female sexuality. Between 1918 and 1950 thousands of women were incarcerated and forcibly subjected to dangerous and experimental medical treatments, forcibly sterilized...

    well written - exhaustively researched - hidden history that needs to be read in as much as the law enforcement problems the book exposed are still with us. Exams that were more torturous than necessary for what should have been a standard medical procedure. For a woman, circa 1918,...

    The Trials of Nina McCall is a meticulously researched, immensely fascinating deep dive into a hitherto almost unremembered aspect of American history: the American Plan, a decades-long attempt to unfairly imprison and forcibly treat thousands of women who were ?suspected? (reasona...

    I can't believe this book only has 12 reviews. This looks like such a fascinating read! ...

    A majority of the book is about the false imprisonment, questionable services for and eventual trial of Nina McCall all in the name of the betterment of America. Unsurprisingly, there is a lot of government overreaching, racism, sexism and religious bias in the plan used to help keep t...

    Informative and intense. The book was overwhelming at times with loaded historical background. Quite often, I felt as though I was rereading the facts... overly stated and perhaps could have been summarized better. I also did not like the fact that the author never touched on male birt...

    Another dissertation. It needed work before being released as a book. The first cloying errors involved basic spelling. State and street names need to be capitalized. So do the names of government departments. There is a repetitive consistency to the author?s errors that demonstrates...

    I enjoy reading about little-known, unbelievable events that happened in our country, and that is why I chose this book. This book is about a little-known and shocking event in our country?s history. It is about the American Plan, a plan in effect from the 1910?s into the 1950?s,...

  • Deestarr
    Jun 19, 2018

    Disclaimer: I read this book at the request of a professor I work with, as this book was written by his son. I did not meet the author prior to reading this book, so the connection to his father has no bearing on my opinion of the book. * Have you heard of the American Plan? No? ...

    I'm sitting here trying to come up with the right words to express my thoughts. They won't come. I think I'm still in shock. What I can immediately tell you is don't hesitate; read this book. Scott Stern is a talented writer. His style is narrative nonfiction, similar to Erik Larso...

    The Trials of Nina McCall (Sex, Surveillance, and the Decades-Long Government Plan to Imprison ?Promiscuous? Women) is author Scott W. Stern?s meticulously researched exposť of America?s unconscionable misuse of power. The writing can be dry at times but that only accentuates ...

    I am really pleased to have been introduced to a subject matter previously unknown to me and I applaud the author for his thorough research. However (and especially since it was stated that the author will publish a more in-depth version to be consumed by academia), there was FAR too m...

    How often we women turn on our own.Stern discusses one part of the movement in the early 20th century to criminalize female sexuality. Between 1918 and 1950 thousands of women were incarcerated and forcibly subjected to dangerous and experimental medical treatments, forcibly sterilized...

  • Leona
    Sep 11, 2018

    Disclaimer: I read this book at the request of a professor I work with, as this book was written by his son. I did not meet the author prior to reading this book, so the connection to his father has no bearing on my opinion of the book. * Have you heard of the American Plan? No? ...

    I'm sitting here trying to come up with the right words to express my thoughts. They won't come. I think I'm still in shock. What I can immediately tell you is don't hesitate; read this book. Scott Stern is a talented writer. His style is narrative nonfiction, similar to Erik Larso...

    The Trials of Nina McCall (Sex, Surveillance, and the Decades-Long Government Plan to Imprison ?Promiscuous? Women) is author Scott W. Stern?s meticulously researched exposť of America?s unconscionable misuse of power. The writing can be dry at times but that only accentuates ...

    I am really pleased to have been introduced to a subject matter previously unknown to me and I applaud the author for his thorough research. However (and especially since it was stated that the author will publish a more in-depth version to be consumed by academia), there was FAR too m...

    How often we women turn on our own.Stern discusses one part of the movement in the early 20th century to criminalize female sexuality. Between 1918 and 1950 thousands of women were incarcerated and forcibly subjected to dangerous and experimental medical treatments, forcibly sterilized...

    well written - exhaustively researched - hidden history that needs to be read in as much as the law enforcement problems the book exposed are still with us. Exams that were more torturous than necessary for what should have been a standard medical procedure. For a woman, circa 1918,...

    The Trials of Nina McCall is a meticulously researched, immensely fascinating deep dive into a hitherto almost unremembered aspect of American history: the American Plan, a decades-long attempt to unfairly imprison and forcibly treat thousands of women who were ?suspected? (reasona...

    I can't believe this book only has 12 reviews. This looks like such a fascinating read! ...

    A majority of the book is about the false imprisonment, questionable services for and eventual trial of Nina McCall all in the name of the betterment of America. Unsurprisingly, there is a lot of government overreaching, racism, sexism and religious bias in the plan used to help keep t...

    Informative and intense. The book was overwhelming at times with loaded historical background. Quite often, I felt as though I was rereading the facts... overly stated and perhaps could have been summarized better. I also did not like the fact that the author never touched on male birt...

    Another dissertation. It needed work before being released as a book. The first cloying errors involved basic spelling. State and street names need to be capitalized. So do the names of government departments. There is a repetitive consistency to the author?s errors that demonstrates...

    I enjoy reading about little-known, unbelievable events that happened in our country, and that is why I chose this book. This book is about a little-known and shocking event in our country?s history. It is about the American Plan, a plan in effect from the 1910?s into the 1950?s,...

    This book made me angry. I have no other way to express this, other than feeling angry. As a student of history (and law), my mind is simply amazed (and yet not) that I had never heard of the American Plan. Granted, my studies focused primarily on the European side of things during WW1...

    DNF. A very long scholarly book that traces the American Plan, which started as a plan to sweep the streets regularly to pick up, give gynecological examinations to, and possibly imprison any woman seen walking along the streets alone. It was an egregious patriarchal plan to find women...

    The fifth star is also for the new and frightening information about our government's love for heinous treatment of the citizens who are supposed to be the power behind the government. Stern uses the life of Nina McCall as representative of the long and despicable plan by the governmen...

    While this book might not be for everyone, I enjoyed this look at "The American Plan", our nation's response to STIs (syphilis & gonorrhea) before the advent of antibiotics. What I found disturbing was not the plan itself-it was meant to protect the public from infectious disease-b...

    Just. Couldn't. Finish. "Exhaustively" documented turns out to be TOO documented, -- I know it is vital to cite all your sources, and that they be original sources, but it is not vital to know what the weather was on the day that some event took place -- and the author has a tin ear ...

    A deeply researched account of the little known "American Plan," a sinister, nationwide program initated by the federal government that persecuted, assaulted, imprisoned, and sterilized tens of thousands of women (the majority non-white) under the guise of combatting STIs from World Wa...

    This book was a tough for you. The writing was dry and at times overly detailed with things like the weather and character descriptions. I give it a better rating because of the subject matter and that the author brought this to my attention. ...

    important work of nonfiction. The American Plan subjected countless women to forcible gynecological exams and incarceration. It was especially rough on the marginalized in society. And these laws are still on the books. ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

  • Madeline
    Jul 14, 2018

    Disclaimer: I read this book at the request of a professor I work with, as this book was written by his son. I did not meet the author prior to reading this book, so the connection to his father has no bearing on my opinion of the book. * Have you heard of the American Plan? No? ...

    I'm sitting here trying to come up with the right words to express my thoughts. They won't come. I think I'm still in shock. What I can immediately tell you is don't hesitate; read this book. Scott Stern is a talented writer. His style is narrative nonfiction, similar to Erik Larso...

    The Trials of Nina McCall (Sex, Surveillance, and the Decades-Long Government Plan to Imprison ?Promiscuous? Women) is author Scott W. Stern?s meticulously researched exposť of America?s unconscionable misuse of power. The writing can be dry at times but that only accentuates ...

    I am really pleased to have been introduced to a subject matter previously unknown to me and I applaud the author for his thorough research. However (and especially since it was stated that the author will publish a more in-depth version to be consumed by academia), there was FAR too m...

    How often we women turn on our own.Stern discusses one part of the movement in the early 20th century to criminalize female sexuality. Between 1918 and 1950 thousands of women were incarcerated and forcibly subjected to dangerous and experimental medical treatments, forcibly sterilized...

    well written - exhaustively researched - hidden history that needs to be read in as much as the law enforcement problems the book exposed are still with us. Exams that were more torturous than necessary for what should have been a standard medical procedure. For a woman, circa 1918,...

    The Trials of Nina McCall is a meticulously researched, immensely fascinating deep dive into a hitherto almost unremembered aspect of American history: the American Plan, a decades-long attempt to unfairly imprison and forcibly treat thousands of women who were ?suspected? (reasona...

    I can't believe this book only has 12 reviews. This looks like such a fascinating read! ...

    A majority of the book is about the false imprisonment, questionable services for and eventual trial of Nina McCall all in the name of the betterment of America. Unsurprisingly, there is a lot of government overreaching, racism, sexism and religious bias in the plan used to help keep t...

    Informative and intense. The book was overwhelming at times with loaded historical background. Quite often, I felt as though I was rereading the facts... overly stated and perhaps could have been summarized better. I also did not like the fact that the author never touched on male birt...

    Another dissertation. It needed work before being released as a book. The first cloying errors involved basic spelling. State and street names need to be capitalized. So do the names of government departments. There is a repetitive consistency to the author?s errors that demonstrates...

    I enjoy reading about little-known, unbelievable events that happened in our country, and that is why I chose this book. This book is about a little-known and shocking event in our country?s history. It is about the American Plan, a plan in effect from the 1910?s into the 1950?s,...

    This book made me angry. I have no other way to express this, other than feeling angry. As a student of history (and law), my mind is simply amazed (and yet not) that I had never heard of the American Plan. Granted, my studies focused primarily on the European side of things during WW1...

    DNF. A very long scholarly book that traces the American Plan, which started as a plan to sweep the streets regularly to pick up, give gynecological examinations to, and possibly imprison any woman seen walking along the streets alone. It was an egregious patriarchal plan to find women...

    The fifth star is also for the new and frightening information about our government's love for heinous treatment of the citizens who are supposed to be the power behind the government. Stern uses the life of Nina McCall as representative of the long and despicable plan by the governmen...

    While this book might not be for everyone, I enjoyed this look at "The American Plan", our nation's response to STIs (syphilis & gonorrhea) before the advent of antibiotics. What I found disturbing was not the plan itself-it was meant to protect the public from infectious disease-b...

    Just. Couldn't. Finish. "Exhaustively" documented turns out to be TOO documented, -- I know it is vital to cite all your sources, and that they be original sources, but it is not vital to know what the weather was on the day that some event took place -- and the author has a tin ear ...

    A deeply researched account of the little known "American Plan," a sinister, nationwide program initated by the federal government that persecuted, assaulted, imprisoned, and sterilized tens of thousands of women (the majority non-white) under the guise of combatting STIs from World Wa...

    This book was a tough for you. The writing was dry and at times overly detailed with things like the weather and character descriptions. I give it a better rating because of the subject matter and that the author brought this to my attention. ...

    important work of nonfiction. The American Plan subjected countless women to forcible gynecological exams and incarceration. It was especially rough on the marginalized in society. And these laws are still on the books. ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

  • Cara Group
    Jul 21, 2018

    Disclaimer: I read this book at the request of a professor I work with, as this book was written by his son. I did not meet the author prior to reading this book, so the connection to his father has no bearing on my opinion of the book. * Have you heard of the American Plan? No? ...

    I'm sitting here trying to come up with the right words to express my thoughts. They won't come. I think I'm still in shock. What I can immediately tell you is don't hesitate; read this book. Scott Stern is a talented writer. His style is narrative nonfiction, similar to Erik Larso...

    The Trials of Nina McCall (Sex, Surveillance, and the Decades-Long Government Plan to Imprison ?Promiscuous? Women) is author Scott W. Stern?s meticulously researched exposť of America?s unconscionable misuse of power. The writing can be dry at times but that only accentuates ...

    I am really pleased to have been introduced to a subject matter previously unknown to me and I applaud the author for his thorough research. However (and especially since it was stated that the author will publish a more in-depth version to be consumed by academia), there was FAR too m...

    How often we women turn on our own.Stern discusses one part of the movement in the early 20th century to criminalize female sexuality. Between 1918 and 1950 thousands of women were incarcerated and forcibly subjected to dangerous and experimental medical treatments, forcibly sterilized...

    well written - exhaustively researched - hidden history that needs to be read in as much as the law enforcement problems the book exposed are still with us. Exams that were more torturous than necessary for what should have been a standard medical procedure. For a woman, circa 1918,...

    The Trials of Nina McCall is a meticulously researched, immensely fascinating deep dive into a hitherto almost unremembered aspect of American history: the American Plan, a decades-long attempt to unfairly imprison and forcibly treat thousands of women who were ?suspected? (reasona...

    I can't believe this book only has 12 reviews. This looks like such a fascinating read! ...

    A majority of the book is about the false imprisonment, questionable services for and eventual trial of Nina McCall all in the name of the betterment of America. Unsurprisingly, there is a lot of government overreaching, racism, sexism and religious bias in the plan used to help keep t...

    Informative and intense. The book was overwhelming at times with loaded historical background. Quite often, I felt as though I was rereading the facts... overly stated and perhaps could have been summarized better. I also did not like the fact that the author never touched on male birt...

    Another dissertation. It needed work before being released as a book. The first cloying errors involved basic spelling. State and street names need to be capitalized. So do the names of government departments. There is a repetitive consistency to the author?s errors that demonstrates...

    I enjoy reading about little-known, unbelievable events that happened in our country, and that is why I chose this book. This book is about a little-known and shocking event in our country?s history. It is about the American Plan, a plan in effect from the 1910?s into the 1950?s,...

    This book made me angry. I have no other way to express this, other than feeling angry. As a student of history (and law), my mind is simply amazed (and yet not) that I had never heard of the American Plan. Granted, my studies focused primarily on the European side of things during WW1...

  • Deborah  Cleaves
    Sep 01, 2018

    Disclaimer: I read this book at the request of a professor I work with, as this book was written by his son. I did not meet the author prior to reading this book, so the connection to his father has no bearing on my opinion of the book. * Have you heard of the American Plan? No? ...

    I'm sitting here trying to come up with the right words to express my thoughts. They won't come. I think I'm still in shock. What I can immediately tell you is don't hesitate; read this book. Scott Stern is a talented writer. His style is narrative nonfiction, similar to Erik Larso...

    The Trials of Nina McCall (Sex, Surveillance, and the Decades-Long Government Plan to Imprison ?Promiscuous? Women) is author Scott W. Stern?s meticulously researched exposť of America?s unconscionable misuse of power. The writing can be dry at times but that only accentuates ...

    I am really pleased to have been introduced to a subject matter previously unknown to me and I applaud the author for his thorough research. However (and especially since it was stated that the author will publish a more in-depth version to be consumed by academia), there was FAR too m...

    How often we women turn on our own.Stern discusses one part of the movement in the early 20th century to criminalize female sexuality. Between 1918 and 1950 thousands of women were incarcerated and forcibly subjected to dangerous and experimental medical treatments, forcibly sterilized...

    well written - exhaustively researched - hidden history that needs to be read in as much as the law enforcement problems the book exposed are still with us. Exams that were more torturous than necessary for what should have been a standard medical procedure. For a woman, circa 1918,...

    The Trials of Nina McCall is a meticulously researched, immensely fascinating deep dive into a hitherto almost unremembered aspect of American history: the American Plan, a decades-long attempt to unfairly imprison and forcibly treat thousands of women who were ?suspected? (reasona...

    I can't believe this book only has 12 reviews. This looks like such a fascinating read! ...

    A majority of the book is about the false imprisonment, questionable services for and eventual trial of Nina McCall all in the name of the betterment of America. Unsurprisingly, there is a lot of government overreaching, racism, sexism and religious bias in the plan used to help keep t...

    Informative and intense. The book was overwhelming at times with loaded historical background. Quite often, I felt as though I was rereading the facts... overly stated and perhaps could have been summarized better. I also did not like the fact that the author never touched on male birt...

    Another dissertation. It needed work before being released as a book. The first cloying errors involved basic spelling. State and street names need to be capitalized. So do the names of government departments. There is a repetitive consistency to the author?s errors that demonstrates...

  • Britgne
    Jul 27, 2018

    Disclaimer: I read this book at the request of a professor I work with, as this book was written by his son. I did not meet the author prior to reading this book, so the connection to his father has no bearing on my opinion of the book. * Have you heard of the American Plan? No? ...

    I'm sitting here trying to come up with the right words to express my thoughts. They won't come. I think I'm still in shock. What I can immediately tell you is don't hesitate; read this book. Scott Stern is a talented writer. His style is narrative nonfiction, similar to Erik Larso...

    The Trials of Nina McCall (Sex, Surveillance, and the Decades-Long Government Plan to Imprison ?Promiscuous? Women) is author Scott W. Stern?s meticulously researched exposť of America?s unconscionable misuse of power. The writing can be dry at times but that only accentuates ...

    I am really pleased to have been introduced to a subject matter previously unknown to me and I applaud the author for his thorough research. However (and especially since it was stated that the author will publish a more in-depth version to be consumed by academia), there was FAR too m...

    How often we women turn on our own.Stern discusses one part of the movement in the early 20th century to criminalize female sexuality. Between 1918 and 1950 thousands of women were incarcerated and forcibly subjected to dangerous and experimental medical treatments, forcibly sterilized...

    well written - exhaustively researched - hidden history that needs to be read in as much as the law enforcement problems the book exposed are still with us. Exams that were more torturous than necessary for what should have been a standard medical procedure. For a woman, circa 1918,...

    The Trials of Nina McCall is a meticulously researched, immensely fascinating deep dive into a hitherto almost unremembered aspect of American history: the American Plan, a decades-long attempt to unfairly imprison and forcibly treat thousands of women who were ?suspected? (reasona...

    I can't believe this book only has 12 reviews. This looks like such a fascinating read! ...

    A majority of the book is about the false imprisonment, questionable services for and eventual trial of Nina McCall all in the name of the betterment of America. Unsurprisingly, there is a lot of government overreaching, racism, sexism and religious bias in the plan used to help keep t...

    Informative and intense. The book was overwhelming at times with loaded historical background. Quite often, I felt as though I was rereading the facts... overly stated and perhaps could have been summarized better. I also did not like the fact that the author never touched on male birt...

    Another dissertation. It needed work before being released as a book. The first cloying errors involved basic spelling. State and street names need to be capitalized. So do the names of government departments. There is a repetitive consistency to the author?s errors that demonstrates...

    I enjoy reading about little-known, unbelievable events that happened in our country, and that is why I chose this book. This book is about a little-known and shocking event in our country?s history. It is about the American Plan, a plan in effect from the 1910?s into the 1950?s,...

    This book made me angry. I have no other way to express this, other than feeling angry. As a student of history (and law), my mind is simply amazed (and yet not) that I had never heard of the American Plan. Granted, my studies focused primarily on the European side of things during WW1...

    DNF. A very long scholarly book that traces the American Plan, which started as a plan to sweep the streets regularly to pick up, give gynecological examinations to, and possibly imprison any woman seen walking along the streets alone. It was an egregious patriarchal plan to find women...

    The fifth star is also for the new and frightening information about our government's love for heinous treatment of the citizens who are supposed to be the power behind the government. Stern uses the life of Nina McCall as representative of the long and despicable plan by the governmen...

    While this book might not be for everyone, I enjoyed this look at "The American Plan", our nation's response to STIs (syphilis & gonorrhea) before the advent of antibiotics. What I found disturbing was not the plan itself-it was meant to protect the public from infectious disease-b...

    Just. Couldn't. Finish. "Exhaustively" documented turns out to be TOO documented, -- I know it is vital to cite all your sources, and that they be original sources, but it is not vital to know what the weather was on the day that some event took place -- and the author has a tin ear ...

    A deeply researched account of the little known "American Plan," a sinister, nationwide program initated by the federal government that persecuted, assaulted, imprisoned, and sterilized tens of thousands of women (the majority non-white) under the guise of combatting STIs from World Wa...

    This book was a tough for you. The writing was dry and at times overly detailed with things like the weather and character descriptions. I give it a better rating because of the subject matter and that the author brought this to my attention. ...

  • Paul
    Sep 22, 2018

    Disclaimer: I read this book at the request of a professor I work with, as this book was written by his son. I did not meet the author prior to reading this book, so the connection to his father has no bearing on my opinion of the book. * Have you heard of the American Plan? No? ...

    I'm sitting here trying to come up with the right words to express my thoughts. They won't come. I think I'm still in shock. What I can immediately tell you is don't hesitate; read this book. Scott Stern is a talented writer. His style is narrative nonfiction, similar to Erik Larso...

    The Trials of Nina McCall (Sex, Surveillance, and the Decades-Long Government Plan to Imprison ?Promiscuous? Women) is author Scott W. Stern?s meticulously researched exposť of America?s unconscionable misuse of power. The writing can be dry at times but that only accentuates ...

    I am really pleased to have been introduced to a subject matter previously unknown to me and I applaud the author for his thorough research. However (and especially since it was stated that the author will publish a more in-depth version to be consumed by academia), there was FAR too m...

    How often we women turn on our own.Stern discusses one part of the movement in the early 20th century to criminalize female sexuality. Between 1918 and 1950 thousands of women were incarcerated and forcibly subjected to dangerous and experimental medical treatments, forcibly sterilized...

    well written - exhaustively researched - hidden history that needs to be read in as much as the law enforcement problems the book exposed are still with us. Exams that were more torturous than necessary for what should have been a standard medical procedure. For a woman, circa 1918,...

    The Trials of Nina McCall is a meticulously researched, immensely fascinating deep dive into a hitherto almost unremembered aspect of American history: the American Plan, a decades-long attempt to unfairly imprison and forcibly treat thousands of women who were ?suspected? (reasona...

    I can't believe this book only has 12 reviews. This looks like such a fascinating read! ...

    A majority of the book is about the false imprisonment, questionable services for and eventual trial of Nina McCall all in the name of the betterment of America. Unsurprisingly, there is a lot of government overreaching, racism, sexism and religious bias in the plan used to help keep t...

    Informative and intense. The book was overwhelming at times with loaded historical background. Quite often, I felt as though I was rereading the facts... overly stated and perhaps could have been summarized better. I also did not like the fact that the author never touched on male birt...

    Another dissertation. It needed work before being released as a book. The first cloying errors involved basic spelling. State and street names need to be capitalized. So do the names of government departments. There is a repetitive consistency to the author?s errors that demonstrates...

    I enjoy reading about little-known, unbelievable events that happened in our country, and that is why I chose this book. This book is about a little-known and shocking event in our country?s history. It is about the American Plan, a plan in effect from the 1910?s into the 1950?s,...

    This book made me angry. I have no other way to express this, other than feeling angry. As a student of history (and law), my mind is simply amazed (and yet not) that I had never heard of the American Plan. Granted, my studies focused primarily on the European side of things during WW1...

    DNF. A very long scholarly book that traces the American Plan, which started as a plan to sweep the streets regularly to pick up, give gynecological examinations to, and possibly imprison any woman seen walking along the streets alone. It was an egregious patriarchal plan to find women...

  • Thomas Petri
    Jul 28, 2018

    Disclaimer: I read this book at the request of a professor I work with, as this book was written by his son. I did not meet the author prior to reading this book, so the connection to his father has no bearing on my opinion of the book. * Have you heard of the American Plan? No? ...

    I'm sitting here trying to come up with the right words to express my thoughts. They won't come. I think I'm still in shock. What I can immediately tell you is don't hesitate; read this book. Scott Stern is a talented writer. His style is narrative nonfiction, similar to Erik Larso...

    The Trials of Nina McCall (Sex, Surveillance, and the Decades-Long Government Plan to Imprison ?Promiscuous? Women) is author Scott W. Stern?s meticulously researched exposť of America?s unconscionable misuse of power. The writing can be dry at times but that only accentuates ...

    I am really pleased to have been introduced to a subject matter previously unknown to me and I applaud the author for his thorough research. However (and especially since it was stated that the author will publish a more in-depth version to be consumed by academia), there was FAR too m...

    How often we women turn on our own.Stern discusses one part of the movement in the early 20th century to criminalize female sexuality. Between 1918 and 1950 thousands of women were incarcerated and forcibly subjected to dangerous and experimental medical treatments, forcibly sterilized...

    well written - exhaustively researched - hidden history that needs to be read in as much as the law enforcement problems the book exposed are still with us. Exams that were more torturous than necessary for what should have been a standard medical procedure. For a woman, circa 1918,...

    The Trials of Nina McCall is a meticulously researched, immensely fascinating deep dive into a hitherto almost unremembered aspect of American history: the American Plan, a decades-long attempt to unfairly imprison and forcibly treat thousands of women who were ?suspected? (reasona...

    I can't believe this book only has 12 reviews. This looks like such a fascinating read! ...

    A majority of the book is about the false imprisonment, questionable services for and eventual trial of Nina McCall all in the name of the betterment of America. Unsurprisingly, there is a lot of government overreaching, racism, sexism and religious bias in the plan used to help keep t...

    Informative and intense. The book was overwhelming at times with loaded historical background. Quite often, I felt as though I was rereading the facts... overly stated and perhaps could have been summarized better. I also did not like the fact that the author never touched on male birt...

    Another dissertation. It needed work before being released as a book. The first cloying errors involved basic spelling. State and street names need to be capitalized. So do the names of government departments. There is a repetitive consistency to the author?s errors that demonstrates...

    I enjoy reading about little-known, unbelievable events that happened in our country, and that is why I chose this book. This book is about a little-known and shocking event in our country?s history. It is about the American Plan, a plan in effect from the 1910?s into the 1950?s,...

    This book made me angry. I have no other way to express this, other than feeling angry. As a student of history (and law), my mind is simply amazed (and yet not) that I had never heard of the American Plan. Granted, my studies focused primarily on the European side of things during WW1...

    DNF. A very long scholarly book that traces the American Plan, which started as a plan to sweep the streets regularly to pick up, give gynecological examinations to, and possibly imprison any woman seen walking along the streets alone. It was an egregious patriarchal plan to find women...

    The fifth star is also for the new and frightening information about our government's love for heinous treatment of the citizens who are supposed to be the power behind the government. Stern uses the life of Nina McCall as representative of the long and despicable plan by the governmen...

  • Maddie
    May 23, 2018

    Disclaimer: I read this book at the request of a professor I work with, as this book was written by his son. I did not meet the author prior to reading this book, so the connection to his father has no bearing on my opinion of the book. * Have you heard of the American Plan? No? ...

    I'm sitting here trying to come up with the right words to express my thoughts. They won't come. I think I'm still in shock. What I can immediately tell you is don't hesitate; read this book. Scott Stern is a talented writer. His style is narrative nonfiction, similar to Erik Larso...

    The Trials of Nina McCall (Sex, Surveillance, and the Decades-Long Government Plan to Imprison ?Promiscuous? Women) is author Scott W. Stern?s meticulously researched exposť of America?s unconscionable misuse of power. The writing can be dry at times but that only accentuates ...

    I am really pleased to have been introduced to a subject matter previously unknown to me and I applaud the author for his thorough research. However (and especially since it was stated that the author will publish a more in-depth version to be consumed by academia), there was FAR too m...

    How often we women turn on our own.Stern discusses one part of the movement in the early 20th century to criminalize female sexuality. Between 1918 and 1950 thousands of women were incarcerated and forcibly subjected to dangerous and experimental medical treatments, forcibly sterilized...

    well written - exhaustively researched - hidden history that needs to be read in as much as the law enforcement problems the book exposed are still with us. Exams that were more torturous than necessary for what should have been a standard medical procedure. For a woman, circa 1918,...

    The Trials of Nina McCall is a meticulously researched, immensely fascinating deep dive into a hitherto almost unremembered aspect of American history: the American Plan, a decades-long attempt to unfairly imprison and forcibly treat thousands of women who were ?suspected? (reasona...

    I can't believe this book only has 12 reviews. This looks like such a fascinating read! ...

    A majority of the book is about the false imprisonment, questionable services for and eventual trial of Nina McCall all in the name of the betterment of America. Unsurprisingly, there is a lot of government overreaching, racism, sexism and religious bias in the plan used to help keep t...

    Informative and intense. The book was overwhelming at times with loaded historical background. Quite often, I felt as though I was rereading the facts... overly stated and perhaps could have been summarized better. I also did not like the fact that the author never touched on male birt...

    Another dissertation. It needed work before being released as a book. The first cloying errors involved basic spelling. State and street names need to be capitalized. So do the names of government departments. There is a repetitive consistency to the author?s errors that demonstrates...

    I enjoy reading about little-known, unbelievable events that happened in our country, and that is why I chose this book. This book is about a little-known and shocking event in our country?s history. It is about the American Plan, a plan in effect from the 1910?s into the 1950?s,...

    This book made me angry. I have no other way to express this, other than feeling angry. As a student of history (and law), my mind is simply amazed (and yet not) that I had never heard of the American Plan. Granted, my studies focused primarily on the European side of things during WW1...

    DNF. A very long scholarly book that traces the American Plan, which started as a plan to sweep the streets regularly to pick up, give gynecological examinations to, and possibly imprison any woman seen walking along the streets alone. It was an egregious patriarchal plan to find women...

    The fifth star is also for the new and frightening information about our government's love for heinous treatment of the citizens who are supposed to be the power behind the government. Stern uses the life of Nina McCall as representative of the long and despicable plan by the governmen...

    While this book might not be for everyone, I enjoyed this look at "The American Plan", our nation's response to STIs (syphilis & gonorrhea) before the advent of antibiotics. What I found disturbing was not the plan itself-it was meant to protect the public from infectious disease-b...

    Just. Couldn't. Finish. "Exhaustively" documented turns out to be TOO documented, -- I know it is vital to cite all your sources, and that they be original sources, but it is not vital to know what the weather was on the day that some event took place -- and the author has a tin ear ...

    A deeply researched account of the little known "American Plan," a sinister, nationwide program initated by the federal government that persecuted, assaulted, imprisoned, and sterilized tens of thousands of women (the majority non-white) under the guise of combatting STIs from World Wa...

    This book was a tough for you. The writing was dry and at times overly detailed with things like the weather and character descriptions. I give it a better rating because of the subject matter and that the author brought this to my attention. ...

    important work of nonfiction. The American Plan subjected countless women to forcible gynecological exams and incarceration. It was especially rough on the marginalized in society. And these laws are still on the books. ...

    ...

  • Tessa Clare
    Jun 11, 2018

    Disclaimer: I read this book at the request of a professor I work with, as this book was written by his son. I did not meet the author prior to reading this book, so the connection to his father has no bearing on my opinion of the book. * Have you heard of the American Plan? No? ...

    I'm sitting here trying to come up with the right words to express my thoughts. They won't come. I think I'm still in shock. What I can immediately tell you is don't hesitate; read this book. Scott Stern is a talented writer. His style is narrative nonfiction, similar to Erik Larso...

    The Trials of Nina McCall (Sex, Surveillance, and the Decades-Long Government Plan to Imprison ?Promiscuous? Women) is author Scott W. Stern?s meticulously researched exposť of America?s unconscionable misuse of power. The writing can be dry at times but that only accentuates ...

    I am really pleased to have been introduced to a subject matter previously unknown to me and I applaud the author for his thorough research. However (and especially since it was stated that the author will publish a more in-depth version to be consumed by academia), there was FAR too m...

    How often we women turn on our own.Stern discusses one part of the movement in the early 20th century to criminalize female sexuality. Between 1918 and 1950 thousands of women were incarcerated and forcibly subjected to dangerous and experimental medical treatments, forcibly sterilized...

    well written - exhaustively researched - hidden history that needs to be read in as much as the law enforcement problems the book exposed are still with us. Exams that were more torturous than necessary for what should have been a standard medical procedure. For a woman, circa 1918,...

    The Trials of Nina McCall is a meticulously researched, immensely fascinating deep dive into a hitherto almost unremembered aspect of American history: the American Plan, a decades-long attempt to unfairly imprison and forcibly treat thousands of women who were ?suspected? (reasona...

    I can't believe this book only has 12 reviews. This looks like such a fascinating read! ...

  • Dave
    Sep 09, 2018

    Disclaimer: I read this book at the request of a professor I work with, as this book was written by his son. I did not meet the author prior to reading this book, so the connection to his father has no bearing on my opinion of the book. * Have you heard of the American Plan? No? ...

    I'm sitting here trying to come up with the right words to express my thoughts. They won't come. I think I'm still in shock. What I can immediately tell you is don't hesitate; read this book. Scott Stern is a talented writer. His style is narrative nonfiction, similar to Erik Larso...

    The Trials of Nina McCall (Sex, Surveillance, and the Decades-Long Government Plan to Imprison ?Promiscuous? Women) is author Scott W. Stern?s meticulously researched exposť of America?s unconscionable misuse of power. The writing can be dry at times but that only accentuates ...

    I am really pleased to have been introduced to a subject matter previously unknown to me and I applaud the author for his thorough research. However (and especially since it was stated that the author will publish a more in-depth version to be consumed by academia), there was FAR too m...

    How often we women turn on our own.Stern discusses one part of the movement in the early 20th century to criminalize female sexuality. Between 1918 and 1950 thousands of women were incarcerated and forcibly subjected to dangerous and experimental medical treatments, forcibly sterilized...

    well written - exhaustively researched - hidden history that needs to be read in as much as the law enforcement problems the book exposed are still with us. Exams that were more torturous than necessary for what should have been a standard medical procedure. For a woman, circa 1918,...

    The Trials of Nina McCall is a meticulously researched, immensely fascinating deep dive into a hitherto almost unremembered aspect of American history: the American Plan, a decades-long attempt to unfairly imprison and forcibly treat thousands of women who were ?suspected? (reasona...

    I can't believe this book only has 12 reviews. This looks like such a fascinating read! ...

    A majority of the book is about the false imprisonment, questionable services for and eventual trial of Nina McCall all in the name of the betterment of America. Unsurprisingly, there is a lot of government overreaching, racism, sexism and religious bias in the plan used to help keep t...

    Informative and intense. The book was overwhelming at times with loaded historical background. Quite often, I felt as though I was rereading the facts... overly stated and perhaps could have been summarized better. I also did not like the fact that the author never touched on male birt...

    Another dissertation. It needed work before being released as a book. The first cloying errors involved basic spelling. State and street names need to be capitalized. So do the names of government departments. There is a repetitive consistency to the author?s errors that demonstrates...

    I enjoy reading about little-known, unbelievable events that happened in our country, and that is why I chose this book. This book is about a little-known and shocking event in our country?s history. It is about the American Plan, a plan in effect from the 1910?s into the 1950?s,...

    This book made me angry. I have no other way to express this, other than feeling angry. As a student of history (and law), my mind is simply amazed (and yet not) that I had never heard of the American Plan. Granted, my studies focused primarily on the European side of things during WW1...

    DNF. A very long scholarly book that traces the American Plan, which started as a plan to sweep the streets regularly to pick up, give gynecological examinations to, and possibly imprison any woman seen walking along the streets alone. It was an egregious patriarchal plan to find women...

    The fifth star is also for the new and frightening information about our government's love for heinous treatment of the citizens who are supposed to be the power behind the government. Stern uses the life of Nina McCall as representative of the long and despicable plan by the governmen...

    While this book might not be for everyone, I enjoyed this look at "The American Plan", our nation's response to STIs (syphilis & gonorrhea) before the advent of antibiotics. What I found disturbing was not the plan itself-it was meant to protect the public from infectious disease-b...

    Just. Couldn't. Finish. "Exhaustively" documented turns out to be TOO documented, -- I know it is vital to cite all your sources, and that they be original sources, but it is not vital to know what the weather was on the day that some event took place -- and the author has a tin ear ...

    A deeply researched account of the little known "American Plan," a sinister, nationwide program initated by the federal government that persecuted, assaulted, imprisoned, and sterilized tens of thousands of women (the majority non-white) under the guise of combatting STIs from World Wa...

    This book was a tough for you. The writing was dry and at times overly detailed with things like the weather and character descriptions. I give it a better rating because of the subject matter and that the author brought this to my attention. ...

    important work of nonfiction. The American Plan subjected countless women to forcible gynecological exams and incarceration. It was especially rough on the marginalized in society. And these laws are still on the books. ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

  • Dan
    Aug 14, 2018

    Disclaimer: I read this book at the request of a professor I work with, as this book was written by his son. I did not meet the author prior to reading this book, so the connection to his father has no bearing on my opinion of the book. * Have you heard of the American Plan? No? ...

    I'm sitting here trying to come up with the right words to express my thoughts. They won't come. I think I'm still in shock. What I can immediately tell you is don't hesitate; read this book. Scott Stern is a talented writer. His style is narrative nonfiction, similar to Erik Larso...

    The Trials of Nina McCall (Sex, Surveillance, and the Decades-Long Government Plan to Imprison ?Promiscuous? Women) is author Scott W. Stern?s meticulously researched exposť of America?s unconscionable misuse of power. The writing can be dry at times but that only accentuates ...

    I am really pleased to have been introduced to a subject matter previously unknown to me and I applaud the author for his thorough research. However (and especially since it was stated that the author will publish a more in-depth version to be consumed by academia), there was FAR too m...

    How often we women turn on our own.Stern discusses one part of the movement in the early 20th century to criminalize female sexuality. Between 1918 and 1950 thousands of women were incarcerated and forcibly subjected to dangerous and experimental medical treatments, forcibly sterilized...

    well written - exhaustively researched - hidden history that needs to be read in as much as the law enforcement problems the book exposed are still with us. Exams that were more torturous than necessary for what should have been a standard medical procedure. For a woman, circa 1918,...

    The Trials of Nina McCall is a meticulously researched, immensely fascinating deep dive into a hitherto almost unremembered aspect of American history: the American Plan, a decades-long attempt to unfairly imprison and forcibly treat thousands of women who were ?suspected? (reasona...

    I can't believe this book only has 12 reviews. This looks like such a fascinating read! ...

    A majority of the book is about the false imprisonment, questionable services for and eventual trial of Nina McCall all in the name of the betterment of America. Unsurprisingly, there is a lot of government overreaching, racism, sexism and religious bias in the plan used to help keep t...

    Informative and intense. The book was overwhelming at times with loaded historical background. Quite often, I felt as though I was rereading the facts... overly stated and perhaps could have been summarized better. I also did not like the fact that the author never touched on male birt...

    Another dissertation. It needed work before being released as a book. The first cloying errors involved basic spelling. State and street names need to be capitalized. So do the names of government departments. There is a repetitive consistency to the author?s errors that demonstrates...

    I enjoy reading about little-known, unbelievable events that happened in our country, and that is why I chose this book. This book is about a little-known and shocking event in our country?s history. It is about the American Plan, a plan in effect from the 1910?s into the 1950?s,...

    This book made me angry. I have no other way to express this, other than feeling angry. As a student of history (and law), my mind is simply amazed (and yet not) that I had never heard of the American Plan. Granted, my studies focused primarily on the European side of things during WW1...

    DNF. A very long scholarly book that traces the American Plan, which started as a plan to sweep the streets regularly to pick up, give gynecological examinations to, and possibly imprison any woman seen walking along the streets alone. It was an egregious patriarchal plan to find women...

    The fifth star is also for the new and frightening information about our government's love for heinous treatment of the citizens who are supposed to be the power behind the government. Stern uses the life of Nina McCall as representative of the long and despicable plan by the governmen...

    While this book might not be for everyone, I enjoyed this look at "The American Plan", our nation's response to STIs (syphilis & gonorrhea) before the advent of antibiotics. What I found disturbing was not the plan itself-it was meant to protect the public from infectious disease-b...

    Just. Couldn't. Finish. "Exhaustively" documented turns out to be TOO documented, -- I know it is vital to cite all your sources, and that they be original sources, but it is not vital to know what the weather was on the day that some event took place -- and the author has a tin ear ...

    A deeply researched account of the little known "American Plan," a sinister, nationwide program initated by the federal government that persecuted, assaulted, imprisoned, and sterilized tens of thousands of women (the majority non-white) under the guise of combatting STIs from World Wa...

    This book was a tough for you. The writing was dry and at times overly detailed with things like the weather and character descriptions. I give it a better rating because of the subject matter and that the author brought this to my attention. ...

    important work of nonfiction. The American Plan subjected countless women to forcible gynecological exams and incarceration. It was especially rough on the marginalized in society. And these laws are still on the books. ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

  • Chris Munster
    Aug 04, 2018

    Disclaimer: I read this book at the request of a professor I work with, as this book was written by his son. I did not meet the author prior to reading this book, so the connection to his father has no bearing on my opinion of the book. * Have you heard of the American Plan? No? ...

    I'm sitting here trying to come up with the right words to express my thoughts. They won't come. I think I'm still in shock. What I can immediately tell you is don't hesitate; read this book. Scott Stern is a talented writer. His style is narrative nonfiction, similar to Erik Larso...

    The Trials of Nina McCall (Sex, Surveillance, and the Decades-Long Government Plan to Imprison ?Promiscuous? Women) is author Scott W. Stern?s meticulously researched exposť of America?s unconscionable misuse of power. The writing can be dry at times but that only accentuates ...

    I am really pleased to have been introduced to a subject matter previously unknown to me and I applaud the author for his thorough research. However (and especially since it was stated that the author will publish a more in-depth version to be consumed by academia), there was FAR too m...

    How often we women turn on our own.Stern discusses one part of the movement in the early 20th century to criminalize female sexuality. Between 1918 and 1950 thousands of women were incarcerated and forcibly subjected to dangerous and experimental medical treatments, forcibly sterilized...

    well written - exhaustively researched - hidden history that needs to be read in as much as the law enforcement problems the book exposed are still with us. Exams that were more torturous than necessary for what should have been a standard medical procedure. For a woman, circa 1918,...

    The Trials of Nina McCall is a meticulously researched, immensely fascinating deep dive into a hitherto almost unremembered aspect of American history: the American Plan, a decades-long attempt to unfairly imprison and forcibly treat thousands of women who were ?suspected? (reasona...

    I can't believe this book only has 12 reviews. This looks like such a fascinating read! ...

    A majority of the book is about the false imprisonment, questionable services for and eventual trial of Nina McCall all in the name of the betterment of America. Unsurprisingly, there is a lot of government overreaching, racism, sexism and religious bias in the plan used to help keep t...

    Informative and intense. The book was overwhelming at times with loaded historical background. Quite often, I felt as though I was rereading the facts... overly stated and perhaps could have been summarized better. I also did not like the fact that the author never touched on male birt...

    Another dissertation. It needed work before being released as a book. The first cloying errors involved basic spelling. State and street names need to be capitalized. So do the names of government departments. There is a repetitive consistency to the author?s errors that demonstrates...

    I enjoy reading about little-known, unbelievable events that happened in our country, and that is why I chose this book. This book is about a little-known and shocking event in our country?s history. It is about the American Plan, a plan in effect from the 1910?s into the 1950?s,...

    This book made me angry. I have no other way to express this, other than feeling angry. As a student of history (and law), my mind is simply amazed (and yet not) that I had never heard of the American Plan. Granted, my studies focused primarily on the European side of things during WW1...

    DNF. A very long scholarly book that traces the American Plan, which started as a plan to sweep the streets regularly to pick up, give gynecological examinations to, and possibly imprison any woman seen walking along the streets alone. It was an egregious patriarchal plan to find women...

    The fifth star is also for the new and frightening information about our government's love for heinous treatment of the citizens who are supposed to be the power behind the government. Stern uses the life of Nina McCall as representative of the long and despicable plan by the governmen...

    While this book might not be for everyone, I enjoyed this look at "The American Plan", our nation's response to STIs (syphilis & gonorrhea) before the advent of antibiotics. What I found disturbing was not the plan itself-it was meant to protect the public from infectious disease-b...

    Just. Couldn't. Finish. "Exhaustively" documented turns out to be TOO documented, -- I know it is vital to cite all your sources, and that they be original sources, but it is not vital to know what the weather was on the day that some event took place -- and the author has a tin ear ...

    A deeply researched account of the little known "American Plan," a sinister, nationwide program initated by the federal government that persecuted, assaulted, imprisoned, and sterilized tens of thousands of women (the majority non-white) under the guise of combatting STIs from World Wa...

    This book was a tough for you. The writing was dry and at times overly detailed with things like the weather and character descriptions. I give it a better rating because of the subject matter and that the author brought this to my attention. ...

    important work of nonfiction. The American Plan subjected countless women to forcible gynecological exams and incarceration. It was especially rough on the marginalized in society. And these laws are still on the books. ...

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  • Speaker7
    Jul 20, 2018

    Disclaimer: I read this book at the request of a professor I work with, as this book was written by his son. I did not meet the author prior to reading this book, so the connection to his father has no bearing on my opinion of the book. * Have you heard of the American Plan? No? ...

    I'm sitting here trying to come up with the right words to express my thoughts. They won't come. I think I'm still in shock. What I can immediately tell you is don't hesitate; read this book. Scott Stern is a talented writer. His style is narrative nonfiction, similar to Erik Larso...

    The Trials of Nina McCall (Sex, Surveillance, and the Decades-Long Government Plan to Imprison ?Promiscuous? Women) is author Scott W. Stern?s meticulously researched exposť of America?s unconscionable misuse of power. The writing can be dry at times but that only accentuates ...

    I am really pleased to have been introduced to a subject matter previously unknown to me and I applaud the author for his thorough research. However (and especially since it was stated that the author will publish a more in-depth version to be consumed by academia), there was FAR too m...

    How often we women turn on our own.Stern discusses one part of the movement in the early 20th century to criminalize female sexuality. Between 1918 and 1950 thousands of women were incarcerated and forcibly subjected to dangerous and experimental medical treatments, forcibly sterilized...

    well written - exhaustively researched - hidden history that needs to be read in as much as the law enforcement problems the book exposed are still with us. Exams that were more torturous than necessary for what should have been a standard medical procedure. For a woman, circa 1918,...

    The Trials of Nina McCall is a meticulously researched, immensely fascinating deep dive into a hitherto almost unremembered aspect of American history: the American Plan, a decades-long attempt to unfairly imprison and forcibly treat thousands of women who were ?suspected? (reasona...

    I can't believe this book only has 12 reviews. This looks like such a fascinating read! ...

    A majority of the book is about the false imprisonment, questionable services for and eventual trial of Nina McCall all in the name of the betterment of America. Unsurprisingly, there is a lot of government overreaching, racism, sexism and religious bias in the plan used to help keep t...

    Informative and intense. The book was overwhelming at times with loaded historical background. Quite often, I felt as though I was rereading the facts... overly stated and perhaps could have been summarized better. I also did not like the fact that the author never touched on male birt...

    Another dissertation. It needed work before being released as a book. The first cloying errors involved basic spelling. State and street names need to be capitalized. So do the names of government departments. There is a repetitive consistency to the author?s errors that demonstrates...

    I enjoy reading about little-known, unbelievable events that happened in our country, and that is why I chose this book. This book is about a little-known and shocking event in our country?s history. It is about the American Plan, a plan in effect from the 1910?s into the 1950?s,...

    This book made me angry. I have no other way to express this, other than feeling angry. As a student of history (and law), my mind is simply amazed (and yet not) that I had never heard of the American Plan. Granted, my studies focused primarily on the European side of things during WW1...

    DNF. A very long scholarly book that traces the American Plan, which started as a plan to sweep the streets regularly to pick up, give gynecological examinations to, and possibly imprison any woman seen walking along the streets alone. It was an egregious patriarchal plan to find women...

    The fifth star is also for the new and frightening information about our government's love for heinous treatment of the citizens who are supposed to be the power behind the government. Stern uses the life of Nina McCall as representative of the long and despicable plan by the governmen...

    While this book might not be for everyone, I enjoyed this look at "The American Plan", our nation's response to STIs (syphilis & gonorrhea) before the advent of antibiotics. What I found disturbing was not the plan itself-it was meant to protect the public from infectious disease-b...

    Just. Couldn't. Finish. "Exhaustively" documented turns out to be TOO documented, -- I know it is vital to cite all your sources, and that they be original sources, but it is not vital to know what the weather was on the day that some event took place -- and the author has a tin ear ...

    A deeply researched account of the little known "American Plan," a sinister, nationwide program initated by the federal government that persecuted, assaulted, imprisoned, and sterilized tens of thousands of women (the majority non-white) under the guise of combatting STIs from World Wa...

    This book was a tough for you. The writing was dry and at times overly detailed with things like the weather and character descriptions. I give it a better rating because of the subject matter and that the author brought this to my attention. ...

    important work of nonfiction. The American Plan subjected countless women to forcible gynecological exams and incarceration. It was especially rough on the marginalized in society. And these laws are still on the books. ...