The Women Who Wrote the War: The Compelling Story of the Path-Breaking Women War Correspondents of World War II

The Women Who Wrote the War: The Compelling Story of the Path-Breaking Women War Correspondents of World War II

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by Nancy Caldwell Sorel
     
 

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Here’s how a hundred brave American women left their families and entered the combat-zone to chronicle what they saw. Nancy Sorel’s portrait pays homage to these unsung heroes. They came from Boston, New York, Milwaukee, and St. Louis; from Yakima, Washington; Austin, Texas; and Sioux City, Iowa; from San Francisco and all points east. They left

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Here’s how a hundred brave American women left their families and entered the combat-zone to chronicle what they saw. Nancy Sorel’s portrait pays homage to these unsung heroes. They came from Boston, New York, Milwaukee, and St. Louis; from Yakima, Washington; Austin, Texas; and Sioux City, Iowa; from San Francisco and all points east. They left comfortable homes and safe surroundings for combat-zone duty. As women war correspondents, they brought to the battlefields of World War II a fresh optic, and reported back home what they witnessed with a new sensibility. Their experience was at once wide-ranging and intimate, devastating at one moment, heartwarming the next.

In their ranks we encounter world-famous photojournalist Margaret Bourke-White, the only Western photographer to cover the Nazi invasion of the USSR; Martha Gellhorn, writer and wife of Ernest Hemingway, who presciently reported on the menace of fascism; The New Yorker’s Janet Flanner, recording the bleak realities of life in post-liberation France; and Marguerite Higgins, who dared enter the concentration camp at Dachau just ahead of the American army. In her graphic, seamless narrative, Nancy Sorel weaves together the lives and times of these gutsy, incomparable women, assuring them their rightful place in this century’s history.

Editorial Reviews

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"It is remarkable that this essential history waited so long to be written. It must have been waiting for Nancy Caldwell Sorel and her incredible research and exquisite style. The notes themselves are an invaluable guide to the work of these exceptional women."
—Walter Kronkite

"These women must not be forgotten, their stories must be told NOW. [A] remarkable book."
—Dan Rather

"The Women Who Wrote the War is an absorbing account of a generation of brave and resourceful women who proved that they were every bit as good as men in covering the greatest war in history."
—Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.

"At last—at long last—here is a book that gives their rightful place history to a group of true heroes. Exhaustively researched, vividly narrated, Nancy Sorel's long-needed work illuminates an aspect of World War II which has been too long ignored."
—Robert A. Caro

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781611450491
Publisher:
Arcade Publishing
Publication date:
05/15/2011
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.50(d)

Meet the Author

Nancy Caldwell Sorel has been a regular feature writer for the Atlantic Monthly and a contributor to Esquire, GQ, Forbes, and the New York Times Book Review. Her books include Word People, Ever Since Eve: Reflections on Childbirth, First Encounters, and The Women Who Wrote the War.

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The Women Who Wrote the War: The Compelling Story of the Path-Breaking Women War Correspondents of World War II 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish I'd discovered rhis book 15 years ago, I can't speak to the
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These hard scrable women are resilient and creative when it comes to covering wars!