Ann Rowe Seaman, a native of Austin, Texas, is the author of Swaggart: The Unauthorized Biography of an American Evangelist.
"'Seaman convincingly portrays the late O'Hair as part celebrity-craving nutcase and part tireless crusader for separation of church and state.' Texas Monthly 'It seems fitting that Seaman, an Austin native and part-time resident, would deliver the most complete biographical rendering of America's Most Hated Woman- a moniker coined by life magazine that O'Hair, true to her irascible nature, embraced....Seaman plumbs O'Hair's psyche with insights that avoid pop psychology.' Austin American Statesman 'America's Most Hated Woman is a welcome addition to political science, legal, criminal justice, religious and general collections.' Academia, July 2005 'Seaman has combined three genres: intellectual biography of an undeniably historic figure, true-crime thriller, and detailed social history, copiously footnoted with published and unpublished sources. For the most part, the author lets O'Hair's actions and words speak for themselves - the most damning words are from the subject's own journals - but she frequently summarizes complex ideological arguments in clear and graceful prose, which vaults her a cut above the typical true-crime raconteurs.' The American Conservative, July 2005"