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Women at War: Iraq, Afghanistan, and Other Conflicts Hardcover – September 21, 2006
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The stories of these courageous women are told here by James E. Wise and Scott Baron, who use a format similar to the one employed with such success in the book Stars in Blue. The profiles of some thirty women and their photographs are included.
To record their stories, the authors conducted numerous personal interviews, and utilized numerous oral history interviews conducted by staff at The Womens Memorial, located in Arlington, Virginia. In every case Wise and Baron were struck by the womens extraordinary display of dedication to their mission and to the soldiers and sailors with whom they served. Because the service of women in the military has been under reported to date, most of the women profiled here will be unknown to readers and reveal another dimension to the service of women in the desert and the vital role they play in the armed forces. While the books focus is on todays women in combat, it also reaches back to Vietnam, Korea, and World War II to offer selected stories of inspiring women who served at the "cusp of the spear" as they fought and died for their country.
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- Publisher : Naval Inst Pr; 1st Edition (September 21, 2006)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 234 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1591149398
- ISBN-13 : 978-1591149392
- Item Weight : 1.05 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.25 x 0.75 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,939,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Statistics were provided such as during the Gulf War more than forty thousand women were deployed, fifteen killed and two became POWs. Some of these women received medals, some were wounded, some were POWs, some were deceased and yet the authors collected information from family, friends and military records about them.
One woman told the authors how the military treated her after she emerged from a coma. The military wanted her to sign discharge papers even while knowing she had a long road ahead of her filled with surgeries and rehabilitation.
Another woman spoke out about the subject of women in combat. She made sure to point out that women are indeed in combat and on the same roads as the men are. And yet another woman told about what it was like as a female to be boarding ships and looking for people, equipment, etc in a field where it is usually only men on the open seas.
A portion of this book covered the women who served during WW II especially those who were POWs during that war. Since so few people know that so many women were prisoners of the Japanese and one was captured by the Germans I was glad to see these women covered as well.
As a person who appreciates reading and learning more about our brave women who have served our country I truly liked this book. The authors did a wonderful job getting these women to open up and talk about their experiences. Everyone should read this book!