Love My Rifle More Than You: Young and Female in the U.S. Army

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“Brave, honest, and necessary.”—Nancy Pearl, NPR Seattle
Kayla Williams is one of the 15 percent of the U.S. Army that is female, and she is a great storyteller. With a voice that is “funny, frank and full of gritty details” (New York Daily News), she tells of enlisting under Clinton; of learning Arabic; of the sense of duty that fractured her relationships; of being surrounded by bravery and bigotry, sexism and fear; of seeing 9/11 on Al-Jazeera; and of knowing she would be ...

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Overview

“Brave, honest, and necessary.”—Nancy Pearl, NPR Seattle
Kayla Williams is one of the 15 percent of the U.S. Army that is female, and she is a great storyteller. With a voice that is “funny, frank and full of gritty details” (New York Daily News), she tells of enlisting under Clinton; of learning Arabic; of the sense of duty that fractured her relationships; of being surrounded by bravery and bigotry, sexism and fear; of seeing 9/11 on Al-Jazeera; and of knowing she would be going to war.
With a passion that makes her memoir “nearly impossible to put down” (Buffalo News) Williams shares the powerful gamut of her experiences in Iraq, from caring for a wounded civilian to aiming a rifle at a child. Angry at the bureaucracy and the conflicting messages of today’s military, Williams offers us “a raw, unadulterated look at war” (San Antonio Express News) and at the U.S. Army. And she gives us a woman’s story of empowerment and self-discovery.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780393329223
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/18/2006
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 245,654
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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Kayla Williams, a former Arabic linguist in the U.S. Army, is the author of Love My Rifle More than You and Plenty of Time When We Get Home. She lives with her husband Brian and their two children in Virginia.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2007

    Decent

    I thought it was a pretty good book. For an accurate account of how many soldier's think, read this or 'The Last True Story I'll Ever Tell.' It is a view from one person's perspective in one little corner of the big green machine. She writes about many of the things that anyone whom has ever served can relate to in various degrees. From incompetent leaders, supply problems, various attitudes between soldiers and some of the experiences of being a female in mostly male units. Their days are spent doing a job, not fighting for democracy or defending freedom or whatever other slogans those who send the young off to war always promote. She does seem to have a negative attitude, but given the circumstances who can blame her?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2005

    Frank, Shocking, and Honest

    Though the book meanders a bit and sometimes reads like a personal diary with way too many personal details and jargon, it still serves as a must read for those of us who¿ve experienced war and survived, those who want to know what war and military life is like from a woman¿s perspective, and those women who are considering joining the military but have only spoken to a recruiter. ¿Love My Rifle More Than You¿ is a frank, shocking, and honest look as life in the military from an intelligent new author. And I absolutely loved it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2005

    FIGHTING FEMALE

    THIS IS A WONDERFUL BOOK. KYLA WILLAMS WAS IN THE ARMY AND WAS A SGT IN THE 101 AIRBORNE AND SERVED HER COUNTRY IN MILITARY INNTELLIGENCE. THIS BOOK GIVES YOU A REAL INSIDERS ACCOUNT FROM CIVIES TO BASIC BOOT CAMP TO STANDING TALL TO A REAL SOLDIER. THIS BOOK GIVES A VERY INTRESTING ACCOUNT OF LIFE IN THE MILITARY FROM A FEMALE PERSPECTIVE AND HOW SHE FOUGHT FOR IRAQI FREEDOM.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2005

    Watch Survivor instead

    Here let me save you the time and money I wasted. 30% of this book talks about how much she disliked her staff sergeants..down to petty school girl detail. Oh she disliked everyone she worked for...but THEY were the problem not her...(I see a pattern). Then for another 25% she talks about how there weren't enough vegetarian meals for her so she loss weight (oh no!),30% focused on how bad the men in the military treated her (some of this was actually funny), the remaining 15% justified her wrong actions while belittling others and patting herself on the back for going to Iraq with a sore foot. Oh and the book is written to be overly dramatic with the occassional cuss word to make her seem tough. BOOOORRRINNNG!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2005

    The Truth Revealed

    Having just finished reading this book, all I can say is that after eight years of service thus far in the Army, I know what Ms. Williams feels. The struggles that women must face in a male dominated career. Each day is a challenge in itself, and we tell ourselves to keep going because if we quit, then we are weak. We fight against our leaders, our peers, and even our subordinates at times. Her story is graphic at times, honestly brutal in her words, as this is the reality of the Army. Life in the military is not an easy one, and her story has given me the courage to tell my own as well when I ETS this January. I salute you Ms. Williams, for your service to our Nation and as a sister-in-arms. HOOAH!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2013

    Septrm September 2013

    This was a great read & and unsugar coated look a women's role in the military
    It was an easy, interesting, and sometimes funny read with her Williams intriguing real accounts of the war and herself

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2012

    Great female view!

    As a female in the Army right now, I can really relate to the author of the book! It is a great point of view for anyone wondering about females in the military!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2010

    Glad this book was written

    An easy and captivating read. It felt like she was sitting there telling her story to you, not holding much back. Those are the images and emotions that stick with you best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2008

    great quick and easy read..

    i just finished reading this book and from my prospective i thought she covered what really goes on while on deployment and especially during war..Ive been there and know how in general guys and woman alike act when away from home. Im not saying all act that but there are a lot who do..I think she did a excellent at telling the story the way she saw it at times and the way it was..Overall this was a very simple, quick and easy book to read..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2008

    I was there

    I was a female soldier deployed with the 101st Airborne Division during the same time Williams was, so I was initially very excited to pick up this book. While some parts of the book are enjoyable, it is basically an incredibly arrogant, self-satisfied, foul-mouthed account of Williams's time in Iraq.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2007

    just an ok military memior

    i was really excited when i saw this book and picked it up right when i saw it. i have read a lot of military books and memoirs on iraq and most of them have been pretty good. it was very nice to see a book written by a woman in the army and i was looking forward to getting to read about a different prespective on the war. however, when i started reading i found this book to be extremely disappointing. this book is not very well written and reads like a poorly written internet blog or journal. i thought that this book focused mainly on personal complaints the author had, and honestly i felt like most of them were quite trivial and not worth reading about. another reviewer mentioned this already, but listening to the author complain about there not being enough vegetarian MRE options was ridiculous and pathetic. she is in a war-torn country, picking through MRE's because she wants to be a vegetarian. i thought that this book puts a bad face on women in the military. overall, there are many different things that could have been better in this book. it seems like it was written just for the sake of writing a book after being at war. it is not well thought out, interesting, or well written. skip this one and try out My War: Killing Time in Iraq by Buzzell.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2006

    A raw and intense book

    Kayla Williams and Michael E Staub put together a raw and intense book. Kayla was deployed February 2003 for the initial push into Iraq and remained there a year. Putting the foul language that was used throughout the book aside, most of the content seemed to be more about the sexual harassment that went on while Kayla was in-country. I wondered why she didn¿t expect it being among so many men. There were times when I thought that she should have expected some of the harassment but then there were other times when I began to feel her pain. Kayla said that sexual comments, gestures and content were everywhere. She wrote about the soldiers in her company and how they did or didn¿t get along up and down her chain of command. Many people were under stress but that didn¿t seem to be brought out in this book. As I got deeper into the book Kayla did begin to bring out more about her wartime experiences. So while at first I was not impressed with the book it did improve as it went along. She wrote this book so she could tell people what it was really like being a woman in the military and how she was treated. She pointed out the various tasks she did including supporting the infantry in almost every way, kicking down doors, carrying and using weapons, crowd control, negotiating with the locals and more. She wrote about an incident involving an explosion. They found three locals bleeding. One guy was much worse off. She tried to reassure him in Arabic while holding his legs and covered in drying blood. I wanted to read about daily life in Iraq for a young enlisted female soldier and while some of that was included, this book was mostly about being harassed by all the guys. This was the first book I¿ve read by an enlisted woman who went to Iraq so I was hoping it would be better and though she managed to explain some things, others were left to wonder about. The book did have its good points. It showed how sexist attitudes have not changed over the years. It showed how far women have come in their fields of expertise. It showed how strong the women are today and that they can be on the forward lines. And it also showed how screwed up this war has been. Kayla is now stateside and already exhibiting signs of PTSD. Would I recommend this book? Yes! I think its worth reading by everyone. It can be used to show how attitudes still need to change within the military. However I think her story could have been written just as well without the foul language used throughout it and it still could have been better.

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