Susan Dworkin

Author, Playwright, Lecturer, Social Historian

Miss America, 1945: Bess Myerson and the Year that Changed Our Lives

"A fascinating and thought-provoking book about 1945 as seen through the eyes of a Jewish girl who won a beauty title. It's about the boys coming home crippled from the war...It's about Jewish Americans finding out about the horror of the Holocaust and how that made their Miss America a symbol of hope."
MILWAUKEE JOURNAL

"Bess Myerson died in December, 2014. She was a beauty queen, a TV star, a politician, a resourceful public servant, a disgraced public servant. I spent a long time writing a book about her astonishing rise. It was a real eye-opener for me, to peek inside the lives of women whose sense of self depended so completely on other people's perception of their beauty."
SUSAN DWORKIN