Maybe it'll be a musical!!! I think Mel Brooks would have been a better choice to write this one.
Peace campaigner Cindy Sheehan writes memoir
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U.S. peace activist Cindy Sheehan, who won wide attention with an anti-war vigil outside President George W. Bush's Texas ranch after her soldier son was killed in Iraq, is writing a memoir, to be published in September.
Simon & Schuster imprint Atria Books said in a statement the book would tell the "wrenching, yet profoundly inspiring story" of how she got over her despair after her son's death in April 2004 by launching her peace campaign.
Sheehan, who is from California, has become one of the best-known figures calling for U.S. troops to be withdrawn from Iraq since she protested for several weeks outside Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, in August.
Bush has said he sympathizes with Sheehan over the death of her son but will not abruptly pull out U.S. forces.
"My experiences over the last year have shown me that one person can make a difference," Sheehan said in the statement.
"True change has only come to our country from grass roots movements. In telling my own story in my own words, I hope that I can help inspire others to activism."
Atria Senior Editor Peter Borland said the book would allow readers to get to know Sheehan "beyond the sound bites."
"Out of unimaginable personal grief and tragedy, Cindy Sheehan emerged as one of the most influential figures of 2005," he said in the statement.
Bush has come under growing public pressure over the war in Iraq as casualties mount and violence drags on, and Sheehan became a figurehead for that discontent.
Bush, who met with Sheehan and other members of her family in June 2004 after the death of her son, refused her request during her protest in Texas to meet with her a second time, but her rallies there attracted hundreds of people.
She and other anti-war activists were arrested in September for protesting outside the White House without a permit, a misdemeanor that carries a $50 fine.
Sheehan is the subject of a new play, "Peace Mom," by Nobel laureate Dario Fo which had its premiere in London last month.
Simon & Schuster is owned by Viacom Inc.
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