Spitting into the Wind is the compelling true story of a courageous woman who helped to change America through the power of her passions. An inspiring array of remarkable experiences shaped Mullen's story, including her life in 1950's Thailand where escalating tensions between the US and communist forces led to a savage war in Southeast Asia, and her marriage to a Marine pilot in Japan who was later shot down and captured in Vietnam. A POW/MIA wife, the mother of three and four year old boys when their father left for Vietnam, and a champion of equal rights who entered the political world of Gloria Steinem, George McGovern, and John Kerry, Barbara Mullen is a resolute character in our nation's continuing drama.
Raised in a rural northern Michigan town during the Great Depression, Mullen ran away from trouble in her Irish American family to Denver, Colorado, where she struggled through poverty to earn a college degree that began a life journey beyond her imagination. Only the spirit of a desperate runaway could overcome a culture of misogyny and emotional indifference to become an intrepid world traveler, feminist, political activist, and an unrelenting voice for military veterans. Spitting into the Wind is her remarkable story.