Terry: My Daughter’s Life-and-Death Struggle with Alcoholism
by George McGovern
Review; A harrowing and heartrending tale of alcoholism., November 21, 2003. By Chadwick H. Saxelid “Bookworm” (Concord, CA United States)
Former South Dakota senator, and one time Presidential hopeful, George McGovern relates the sad story of his daughter Terry, who’s alcoholism finally killed her when she passed out in a snow filled alley outside of a bar one cold December night.
With an objective honest insight into both his daughter and the nature of addiction, McGovern tells how his middle daughter grew up and became mired in an inescapable quicksand of addiction. Having recently lost my wife to the ravages of this disease (ironically this book was one of hers and one she quite enjoyed reading) I can relate to McGovern’s feelings of anger, frustration, and helpless regret over how the disease warped both his daughter’s spirit and mind. This book is an essential for anyone who has ever had to battle, or has a loved who battles, this wretched, life eating disease.