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A Woman at War: Storming Kuwait with the U.S. Marines

A Woman at War: Storming Kuwait with the U.S. Marines

by Molly Moore

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
By circumventing the Pentagon's restrictive media-pool system, Moore became the only American reporter to get a sustained close-up view of ground operations throughout the Gulf War. Senior military correspondent for the Washington Post at the time, she had the good fortune to observe the campaign with the cooperation of Lt. Gen. Walter Boomer, commander of the Marine expeditionary force, who made her privy to inner-council deliberations and provided access to his troops in the field. The resulting report is by far the most vivid and informative account to date of the 100-hour ground war. Her respect for Boomer and his Marines is evident. She portrays theater commander Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, however, as a tyrannical blowhard who misled the U.S. public with his press-conference assurances that the Gulf War was perfectly planned, perfectly executed and virtually bloodless. Moore's book contains some of the finest war reporting of the past half-century. She is currently New Delhi bureau chief of the Washington Post. (July)
Library Journal
For woman or man, soldier or journalist, war is hell; war is hilarious; war is ironic. Washington Post reporter Moore's story is timeless, and her tales of ``storming Kuwait'' with Lt. Gen. Walter Boomer, commander of the U.S. Marine forces, and with some of the colonels and privates who served under him are dramatic and all-too-human. If there is a flaw here, it is that the episodes seem almost disconnected and chaotic, like any war viewed from up close. Moore's outrage over the ``spin doctors'' and ``Neanderthals'' in Washington who objected to her and other journalists' high-level access and potential compromise of military planning deserves more deliberate study than the angry afterthought at the end of this book. For popular collections.-- John Yurechko, Georgetown Univ., Washington, D.C.

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