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Cast A Giant Shadow ( World's Tallest Woman Sandy Allen )

Cast A Giant Shadow ( World's Tallest Woman Sandy Allen ) [Kindle Edition]

John Kleiman
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The inspirational life story of 7' 7 1/4" tall Sandy Allen, "The World's Tallest Living Woman" (1955-2008) by John Kleiman. Sandy shares her true story for the first time in this her ONLY AUTHORIZED biography!
She prayed to be like the other girls, but knew she never would! Learn from Sandy's example that through determination, you too can overcome most of life's obstacles. Throughout her childhood, Sandy was ridiculed for her looks and her size. But she learned to confront adversity and accept the "special position" she had been given on this earth. Sandy shares personal insights into her private life and openly talks about the problems she faced growing up. Sandy reminds us "we are all different!" There will likely never be another woman taller than "gentle giantess" Sandy Allen.
She has appeared in the Guinness Book of World Records since 1976 and is one of the most recognized women in the world. Enjoy the behind the scenes look into her many television appearances and travels. Sandy invites you to "share her journey" as she continues her personal mission to teach the world "the Golden Rule" and that "It's OK To Be Different!" Over 20 photos of Sandy included in the book.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3139 KB
  • Print Length: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Authorhouse; 1 edition (21 Nov 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006C15Q7I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars liked her bits the best 28 May 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
having read several articles and seen a documentary on sandy i eagerly selected this book to read.

her part of the book i loved, i just wish john hadnt kept putting his two penneth in, for me this really ruined the book.

in the end i just skipped his bits and read hers. why oh why was he allowded to do this? the book didnt need or warrant it!

lovely lady (her part) very well told. my advice dump john!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Certainly very interesting 2 Feb 2012
By Pat
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the life story of Sandy Allen telling what it is really like to be so much taller than everyone else, and as the world's official female record holder she should know. The book was informative and a little sad at times as I came to realise that being tall is certainly not always an asset - even travel, whether by car or aeroplane, can be an ordeal when you are just too big to fit.

The style of writing wasn't much to my liking. Although it said at the beginning that the whole book was written by John Kleiman, the book read as though each chapter was first written by Sandy and then everything repeated by John. The same facts were told twice but from someone else's point of view. I just found it a bit strange that John Kleiman should have chosen to write the book in two voices.

The photos at the end were a lovely addition to the text, and I would recommend this to anyone looking for a biography about something a little bit different.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The simple life story of an amazing woman 30 Jan 2002
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I expected this book to be more sensational. I was pleasantly surprised that it is the simple, honest story of an amazing woman. The book filled me with admiration for this woman who has a very serious difficult physical condition. Admiration because she is loving, caring, and down-to-earth despite the amount and the kind of attention she has received throughout her life. Although, as she describes, much of the attention has been pleasant (e.g., her appearances on TV with Maury Povich and Sally Jessie Raphael), some of it has been very unpleasant. The writing is not stylish or polished at all. The explanation of her condition and the effects it has had on her life are told in a very personal way. But what really comes through very well is Sandy's personality. That's what makes this book worth reading.
22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Growing up with Sandy 7 Aug 2006
By JC - Published on
I knew Sandy when she lived across the street from my Grandma Stafford. I was raised by my mother's Mom and Dad and I spent a lot of time in the neighborhood. Sandy was a normal kid growing up and we spent time playing around the neighborhood and on more than one occasion I was invited in to her home for a cold drink on those hot summer days in Indiana. We went to the same schools and I watched her play basketball for a short time.

I lost track of Sandy when I was in high school but she was one of the sweetest people you will ever meet. I never realized she was growing taller than me while we grew up because I saw her every day and I was always very short until my last years in high school.

Read this book. Let Sandy tell you about her life and get to know her a little better. You'll be glad you did. I moved to Phoenix a long ago but I'm sitting in a hotel in Shelbyville as I write this. I've just said goodbye to my father and for the last few days I've been riding around town and visiting some of my childhood hangouts. I stopped by my Grandmother's yesterday and I made a point of pausing by the home where Sandy grew up.

It brought a smile to my face.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I had hoped for. 3 Oct 2008
By NanaRed - Published on
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I feel that John Kleiman failed in helping Sandy to tell her story. I liked the fact that it was in her own words, which really made the book more personal and genuine. Where I feel Kleiman failed however was he should have encouraged her or suggested to her that other things should also have been included.

If this was to be the story of her life, then it should have been more detailed. Such as where it tells of her mother not raising her, but having other children later. Other than one brother mentioned in the book, what happened to the other siblings? And while it mentions Michael living with Sandy on and off, it doesn't tell what happened to him. What was her relationship with all of her siblings?

While reading about the many personal appearances she made over the years was interesting, they were too detailed and I saw them as nothing more than filler. I think the story of her life could have been elaborated on more and would have made the book more interesting. It was too little info and too short in length.

Ms. Allen came to our town in 1975 to meet "our" tallest man who stood at 7' 2". She was personable and seemed very sweet and kind. One of our local newspapers did a very nice memorial tribute upon hearing of her recent passing. May she rest in peace.
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Touching Book and Beautifully Written!!!!!!!! 2 April 2002
By N. Mansour - Published on
I must confess that I had not heard about Sandy Allen before I read the book. I was truly overwhelmed by her - despite all the difficulties that she has faced in her life, Sandy remains a warm, sensitive and upbeat person. Whenever Sandy neglected to share some important facts with us in her own words, particularly because of her modesty, Jack Kleiman told us "the rest of the story." As far as I am concerned, Sandy should also be noted as the person with the biggest heart.
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3.0 out of 5 stars All heart 22 Jan 2013
By Mary A. - Published on
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I have to go along with another reviewer and say that the book just wasn't what I'd hoped for. It did give you a glimpse into her life and what a kind and gentle person she was but it somehow felt a little "less than" could have been so much better. Her biographer failed her. Sandy seemed like a very lovely person who managed her life with the intention that no one should be made to feel less a person because of what ever physical or mental difference they possess. I would give Sandy herself a 5 star rating but not the book.
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