Band of Sisters: American Women at War in Iraq

Band of Sisters: American Women at War in Iraq

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by Kirsten Holmstedt
     
 

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• Now available in paperback• Winner of the 2007 American Authors Association Golden Quill Award• Winner of the 2007 Military Writers Society of America Founder's AwardIn Iraq, the front lines are everywhere - and everywhere in Iraq, no matter what their job descriptions say, women in the U.S. military are fighting—more than 155,000 of them. A

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• Now available in paperback• Winner of the 2007 American Authors Association Golden Quill Award• Winner of the 2007 Military Writers Society of America Founder's AwardIn Iraq, the front lines are everywhere - and everywhere in Iraq, no matter what their job descriptions say, women in the U.S. military are fighting—more than 155,000 of them. A critical and commercial success in hardcover, Band of Sisters presents a dozen groundbreaking and often heart-wrenching stories of American women in combat in Iraq, such as the U.S.'s first female pilot to be shot down and survive, the military's first black female pilot in combat, a young turret gunner defending convoys, and a nurse struggling to save lives, including her own.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811735667
Publisher:
Stackpole Books
Publication date:
08/25/2008
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
210,071
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.00(d)

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Meet the Author

Kirsten Holmstedt is a graduate of Drake University’s School of Journalism and the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s master of fine arts program. She has been writer-in-residence at the College of William and Mary and currently teaches writing at a community college. Her previous books are the highly acclaimed Band of Sisters and The Girls Come Marching Home. She has appeared on PBS, the BBC, and C-SPAN, among other TV and radio programs. As an expert on and advocate for female service members, she has testified before Congress and spoken to countless businesses and colleges around the country. She lives in Connecticut.

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Band of Sisters: American Women at War in Iraq 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Comharafdep More than 1 year ago
War is always thought of as a mans job. That said, times are changing. Band of Sisters- American Women at War in Iraq is a great collection this generation of women warriors. No longer relegated to the safety of the rear women are proving their metal in combat. As an Iraq/ Afghanistan war Veteran I have served with women who have proved their value and worth to the military and nation. This book gives you a glimpse of what women are doing through out the Armed Forces and the achievements and accomplishments they have made. I would recommend this book to any young women who have been told you can't do something, because you¿re a women. I would also recommend it to other with old fashion ways of thinking, who do not think women can or should serve in combat. The fact is, women are serving in combat and they are distinguishing themselves. I enjoyed the Varity of the collection. All branches and grades were represented. It cuts across the military and shares the common and unique experiences faced by soldiers of both genders.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book onl gets 2 stars because of the varied tales of each if the women in the different branches of the military. Other than that it was a VERY poorly written book, tons of grammar flaws, and discontinuity that provided confusion. The author had a great story to tell but could not come through with it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Growing up in a military family and being in the Navy myself, I was very interested in reading this book. I love the fact that the women in this book and the author did not hold anything back when telling their stories. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has a daughter, wife, sister, or any female that is in the military.
karly-b More than 1 year ago
This is a great book! I read it for a history book report and really enjoyed it. Although it is non fiction i thought it was easy to read. The stories of these brave women were amazing. I liked to see how they lived in the middle of the war. The great oppurtunites that they were given made me realize how far women have come. However the book also illustrated how women still struggle to gain the same oppurtunities as men. There were many touching quotes from the soldiers. One of my favorite came from Sergeant Angela Jarboe. She said "I went because I had to. I was a soldier before I was a mom." This describes how touching the book is and really shows how much these women gave up. I would recommend this book to anybody of middle school age or above. I feel like it is a book that every girl should read. Even if you are not interested in the war and don't have background information, it would still be a great read. I think that it taught me a lot about what women still struggle with, not only in war but also in everyday life her in the United States. I also think that this book would be a great book for a guy as well. It gives a woman's perspective on almost everything. If I was a man it would interest me to see how women see things. This book shows that even though it may seem like a male and female soldier both have equal opportunities, that isn't necessarily true. Men have been in the military for years, but it is a relatively new terrain for women. Therefore that means females have to work and try extra hard to get as far as the men. This is a great book to show that. I believe Band of Sisters is a great book for anyone and everyone to read.
fancynancyNM More than 1 year ago
This is a very good 1st effort. Holmstedt did an excellent job of researching her topic. She brings the stories of women in war, in Iraq to us in a way that makes it easy to walk in each woman's boots. For those unaware, or ignoring, the fact that women have been fighting on the front lines since 2003, this is very enlightening! Each woman's story is different. Each mission the women fight in is different. Yet all the women have commonalities. They are women; fighting along-side men; fighting for their Country's continued peace. These women ask nothing in return, except the respect for a job well done. Holmstedt's writing brings this out. To be sure, the writing isn't as engaging as the women's stories. This reads much like a research document. But Holmstedt does allow for the rare glimps of the emotion all these women have about what they've done. When this glimps occurs, it's magical! This book is worth reading for this content alone. For those who think women are safely tucked behind the front lines, it's enlighening and provocative. The book will start conversations about a woman's place in war and what emotional toll it takes. The toll is unique for each woman. Well worth a read!
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jg24nwc More than 1 year ago
This book is written about individual women as seen in their roles in Iraq. Each chapter is about a different woman. Each chapter talks about that person, how they came to being in the military and what they did in the military ... often, we read about their hardships and what it was like for them in the field. It's a good book. Not a great book. It is not a page turner, but an easy book to read over a long period of time. I thought some of the stories were a little shallow. Some stories were written as an afterthought when the author would ask some of the men that these women served with what their opinion was of a particular female. I guess in my mind, with such a title, I kept thinking about the Band of Brothers book which was excellent. It's not like that at all. Again, a good book but ...