The “Montana set” of two nonfiction books and a novel by Kevin S. Giles

One Woman Against War, a biography by Kevin S. Giles

One Woman Against War: The Jeannette Rankin Story, traces the life and times of America’s first congresswoman from the campaigns for woman suffrage to the famous Jeannette Rankin Brigade protest at the US Capitol during the Vietnam War.


One Woman Against War: The Jeannette Rankin Story

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She was the lonely dissenter, committed to following the dictates of her conscience no matter the consequences. Jeannette Rankin, an early leader for woman suffrage and the first woman elected to Congress, crusaded for peace her entire life. “Killing more people won’t help matters,” she said.

The Montana native was an American icon of extremes in politics, applauded as a beacon of hope by many people and vilified as a traitor by others. Jeannette Rankin left a rich legacy of pacifism, actively opposing war and the economic influences behind it.

¶ “Kevin Giles’ new biography of Jeannette Rankin is the most comprehensive of all biographies written about her. Giles’ research is astonishing, his journalist’s style keeps the fascinating, heartbreaking and inspiring story moving at the pace of a work of great fiction.” Jeanmarie (Simpson) Bishop, writer and actor


Summer of the Black Chevy tells the story of Paul Morrison and his older friend, Louie Moretti.

Summer of the Black Chevy tells the story of Paul Morrison and his older friend, Louie Moretti.


Summer of the Black Chevy

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It’s 1965 in Deer Lodge, Montana. Paul Morrison launches his first teenage summer at a school dance, longing for girls and the smack of baseballs. His innocence ends quickly when a roaring black Chevy chases him into the dark, but it’s the mysterious stranger driving it who scares him more. Several worries unfold as the summer stretches on. Paul learns that misfortune knows no boundaries. In Summer of the Black Chevy, author Kevin S. Giles reflects on how fleeting youth can change in a heartbeat. He paints an image of a small town that can’t contain a young boy’s wonder — and his regret and guilt.

¶ “I have finished ‘Summer of the Black Chevy.’ You write about the town I remember. The names have changed, but I know them. I laughed, cried and just enjoyed reading this remarkable book.” Katheryn Brazill, Arlee, Montana


Jerry's Riot: The True Story of Montana's 1959 Prison Disturbance

Jerry’s Riot tells the story of career prisoner Jerry Myles, who clashed with reform warden Floyd Powell at Montana State Prison. The nonfiction prison memoir receives 5 stars from readers.


Jerry’s Riot: The True Story of Montana’s 1959 Prison Disturbance

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Jerry’s Riot, the 445-page book written by Montana native Kevin S. Giles, is the inside story of a disturbing riot during an era of extensive prison violence in America. This true crime book examines in revealing detail the explosion that resulted in Deer Lodge, Montana, when former Alcatraz Island convict Jerry Myles collided with reform warden Floyd Powell.

Jerry’s Riot takes the reader inside the prison walls to visit the lives of guards and prisoners who experienced the riot. The book contains the only reconstruction of the event from beginning to end. The story draws extensively from federal and state records and the author’s interviews with hostages, prisoners and others.

“You can read (or watch) Shawshank Redemption forty times and learn less of real prison life in the era than in a chapter of this book.” Laura James, true crime reviewer.


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Kevin S. Giles, author of a trilogy of Montana books.

Kevin S. Giles, author of a trilogy of Montana books.


About the author:

Kevin S. Giles grew up in western Montana. He has worked as a reporter, editor and designer for six daily newspapers in the United States and Australia. In addition to his writing, Kevin has edited and designed numerous books.

He cherishes any moment spent in Montana’s soulful mountains, well-composed photography, grandkids with ice cream, conversations over Merlot, riding a train, recalling memories of childhood innocence, strumming a well-tuned guitar and reading good literature. He lives and works in Minnesota. Write him: kevin at kevinsgiles dot com.

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We can’t go home again to Montana? With those mountains, are we sure about that?

St. Mary's Lake in Glacier National Park.

Unspoken beauty: This is how St. Mary’s Lake, in Glacier National Park, looks from the air. Pilot David R. Hunt, a Deer Lodge native, took this photo from his plane.

By Kevin S. Giles

From my aisle seat aboard the sardine can of an airplane, I manage a glimpse through the window before the sleepy woman in front of me, blinded in a purple sleep mask, fumbles the shade down to block any evidence of the outside world. Imagine flying over some of the best mountains on earth and she doesn’t want to look.

Mountains look small from several miles up. We see them blotched over the landscape like paint globs on a canvas, snow gracing their highest peaks. We see their beginnings and endings and the context of their existence in the wide and wild place we know as Montana.

It’s always a bit unsettling returning to my native state. The mountains point the way to a long-ago place, a yearning deep in the spirit. Random glimpses through tiny plane windows show me little of what I already know is down there. Those mountains are intensely familiar to me but a sudden turnabout from the crowds and traffic noise that surround me in the Minneapolis and St. Paul metro area, now 3 million people and growing. It takes time to hear Montana’s wind-born silence. Montanans know what I mean.

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