Women and the Military: A Hundred Notable Contributors, Historic to Contemporary

Women and the Military: A Hundred Notable Contributors, Historic to Contemporary

by John Patrick Dever, Maria Dever
     
 

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Zom Zoms
This book contains 100 biographies of military women from around the world. John Dever has been a faculty member at the U.S. Army Area Intelligence School at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The preface describes controversies revolving around women as officers, pilots, and combat troops. The authors' inclusion criteria are pioneer status, unusual experience involving bravery, an exemplary life, or a victim of extraordinary prejudice. Divided into three sections--"Major Biographies," "Women in Military Service," and "Women Who Aided the Military"--the book presents 55 Americans (18 out of the 21 major biographies), with the rest from such diverse countries as Hungary, Lithuania, and Zimbabwe. Entries within each section are presented alphabetically. The book closes with a lengthy bibliography and an index This book has some valuable strengths, for example, brief paragraphs about women who aided the military such as Pearl Buck, Julia Child, and Mary Roberts Rinehart. There also is a balance of different ethnic groups. Paula Couglin, who took a stand in the Tailhook affair is profiled. There are, however, a number of difficulties with this book. Its scope is overly ambitious in that the authors try to sample a wide range of eras from Joan of Arc to the present day. Some of the brief notes in the third section, "Women Who Aided the Military," fail to give birth dates or clearly identify the conflict in which the biographees were involved. Some notes in this section are only a single sentence. Buried in "Women Who Aided the Military" is "Molly Pitcher," known to most young people from biographies such as Augusta Stephenson's. She is obscured because only her real name, Mary Ludwig Hays McCauley, is given in the table of contents. The excellent work, "The Book of Women's Firsts," by Phyllis J. Read and Bernard L. Witlieb, is missing from the otherwise extensive bibliography. The writing style seems to be intended for junior-high and high-school students. It is difficult to recommend this book as other than a lightweight introduction to the topic. The entries might inspire interested students to do more research, and possibly the book might inspire some young women to consider a military career.
Booknews
Details the lives and military careers of 21 women, from Joan of Arc to modern women in military service, highlighting their career influences and military achievements, and presents capsule biographies for some 83 other women throughout history. Includes information on women who aided the military in many capacities. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780899509761
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
11/28/1994
Pages:
164
Product dimensions:
55.00(w) x 90.00(h) x 7.50(d)

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