Hell Hath No Fury: True Stories of Women at War from Antiquity to Iraq

Hell Hath No Fury: True Stories of Women at War from Antiquity to Iraq

by Rosalind Miles, Robin Cross
     
 

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An engaging collection that uncovers injustices in history and overturns misconceptions about the role of women in war

When you think of war, you think of men, right? Not so fast. In Hell Hath No Fury, Rosalind Miles and Robin Cross prove that although many of their stories have been erased or forgotten, women have played an integral role in wars

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An engaging collection that uncovers injustices in history and overturns misconceptions about the role of women in war

When you think of war, you think of men, right? Not so fast. In Hell Hath No Fury, Rosalind Miles and Robin Cross prove that although many of their stories have been erased or forgotten, women have played an integral role in wars throughout history.

In witty and compelling biographical essays categorized and alphabetized for easy reference, Miles and Cross introduce us to war leaders (Cleopatra, Elizabeth I, Margaret Thatcher); combatants (Molly Pitcher, Lily Litvak, Tammy Duckworth); spies (Belle Boyd, Virginia Hall, Noor Inayat Khan); reporters and propagandists (Martha Gellhorn, Tokyo Rose, Anna Politkov- skaya); and more. These are women who have taken action and who challenge our perceived notions of womanhood. Some will be familiar to readers, but most will not, though their deeds during wartime were every bit as important as their male contemporaries’ more heralded contributions.


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A comprehensive tour of battlefields ancient and modern in which women have fought alongside men. What makes women want to fight in war? Write historical novelist Miles (The Lady of the Sea, 2004, etc.) and historian Cross (The Battle of Kursk: Operation Citadel 1943, 2005, etc.), "A better question would be, why shouldn't they?" The Celtic queen Boudica didn't let her gender get in the way when she destroyed a few Roman legions, nor did Tomoe Gozen, the female samurai, whom Japanese chronicles call "a warrior worth a thousand." There's not much sociology in these pages, but there's plenty of righteous carnage. Anne Frank figures as a warrior of a kind, but so too does Hermine Braunsteiner, the "Stamping Mare," a sadistic SS guard at the Ravensbruck concentration camp and the "first Nazi war criminal to be extradited from the United States to Germany." The authors write carefully of Jessica Lynch, the prisoner made into a "broad-brush, ‘feel-good' item to cheer American audiences at home" at the onset of the Iraq War, while not excluding the infamous Lynndie England (of Abu Ghraib fame), there beside Braunsteiner in the hall of shame. "Nevertheless," they add, "it must be said that the Bush administration, requiring a scapegoat for its colossal strategic misjudgment in Iraq, attempted to use England and her colleagues to bear the moral burden for its war." The cast of characters numbers in the hundreds, and many will be little known to general readers, from the martyred Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya to women Viet Cong fighters to British spymaster Stella Rimington and Louise Michel, the fierce "Red Virgin" of the Paris Commune. A useful introduction to the history of chiefs ofdistaff and other women at arms.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307409942
Publisher:
Crown/Archetype
Publication date:
02/26/2008
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,018,787
File size:
462 KB

Meet the Author

ROSALIND MILES, Ph.D., author of Who Cooked the Last Supper?, is a critically acclaimed and internationally bestselling writer, a lecturer and a BBC broadcaster. Military historian ROBIN CROSS is the #1 bestselling author of more than thirty books, a Gulf War reporter, and a former advisor to the UK Ministry of Defence.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

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