Undaunted: The Real Story of America's Servicewomen in Today's Military

Undaunted: The Real Story of America's Servicewomen in Today's Military

by Tanya Biank


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Undaunted: The Real Story of America's Servicewomen in Today's Military by Tanya Biank

As she did so provocatively with military spouses in Army Wives, Tanya Biank gives us the inside story of women in today’s military—their professional and personal challenges from the combat zone to the home front...

Since 9/11, more than 240,000 women have fought in Iraq and Afghanistan—more than 140 have died there, and they currently make up fourteen percent of the total active-duty forces. Despite advances, today’s servicewomen are constantly pressed to prove themselves, to overcome challenges men never face, and to put the military mission ahead of all other aspects of their lives, particularly marriage and motherhood. In this groundbreaking, insider’s look at the women defending our nation, Tanya Biank brings to light the real issues—of femininity, belonging to an old boys’ club, veiled discrimination, dating, marriage problems, separation from children, questions about life goals, career trajectories, and self-worth—that servicewomen are facing by focusing on four individual stories.

Brigadier General Angela Salinas, the Marine Corps’ first Hispanic female general, faces the challenge of commanding an all-male institution. Second Lieutenant Bergan Flanagan finds herself on the frontlines in Afghanistan, serving in the same military police company as her husband. As a marine drill instructor, Sergeant Amy Stokley demands the very best from the recruits at Parris Island. And Major Candice O’Brien deals with deployment to Afghanistan, with two young children and a strained marriage back home.

Undaunted is the story of these courageous trailblazers—their struggles, sacrifices, and triumphs in the name of serving the country they love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451239228
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date: 02/05/2013
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Tanya Biank is an author and a journalist. Her book, Army Wives, is the basis for Lifetime’s hit series, Army Wives, and she serves as a consultant to the show. Tanya is the daughter, sister, and wife of Army colonels, and during her days as a newspaper reporter she traveled around the world with troops. Her coverage of the Fort Bragg Army wife murders in 2002 led to congressional inquiries and changes in Army policy. Her work has appeared in a number of publications, including The New York Times.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I A Few Good Women

Chapter 1 Ooorah on the High Seas 13

Chapter 2 The General 31

Chapter 3 The Cadet 52

Chapter 4 Doyenne of the Depot 75

Chapter 5 Toy Soldiers 89

Chapter 6 The Burn 100

Chapter 7 Typhoon Season 108

Part II Double Time

Chapter 8 Return to Parris Island 125

Chapter 9 Brotherhood Revisited 136

Chapter 10 The Lieutenant 139

Chapter 11 Paradise Lost 145

Chapter 12 Nicky the New Hat 153

Chapter 13 Exhaustion 163

Chapter 14 The Fight 179

Chapter 15 A Christmas Farewell 191

Part III In the Trenches

Chapter 16 Winds of War 201

Chapter 17 Jedi Knight 206

Chapter 18 Into the Desert of Death 220

Chapter 19 Looking Back, Moving Forward 231

Chapter 20 Three Days 241

Part IV Decision Point

Chapter 21 The Purple Heart 259

Chapter 22 Stars 271

Chapter 23 The Afghan Trimester 282

Chapter 24 The Long Road Home 298

Chapter 25 Diva in Boots 301

Chapter 26 The Iron Major 321

Epilogue 329

Glossary 337

Acknowledgments 341

Index 343

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From the Publisher

“[Biank] follows the military career of four women currently playing a vital role in today’s integrated armed forces.… An eye-opening account of a military in transition.” —Kirkus Reviews

Undaunted contains fascinating multiple portraits of the real-life experiences of women in the military, from young enlisted women to a seasoned and celebrated general. Tanya Biank explores these lives with inside knowledge, compassion and wit.” —Amy Dickinson, Ask Amy columnist and author of The Mighty Queens of Freeville

“To many traditional men, especially those who have known the rigors of military service, the question often is, why would women want to take on this challenging life? By the end of Tanya Biank’s fine book, Undaunted, the answer is clear: because they want to do it, and they can do it.” —Joseph E. Persico, author of Roosevelt’s Centurions

Undaunted expertly captures the struggle women face in the rapidly changing 21st century military. If you have ever wondered what it takes for women service members to ‘be all they can be,’ you must read this book.” —Siobhan Fallon, author You Know When the Men Are Gone

“Whether withering under a Marine Drill Instructor’s ‘blasting,’ jumping out of a C-17 with Army Airborne, planning operations along the Afghanistan border, or negotiating the political minefields of being a one-star general, Biank makes the reader feel you are there with four extraordinary, yet very human women who have chosen the profession of arms.” —Jeff Melvoin, Executive Producer of Army Wives

Undaunted is truly riveting.  The stories remind us that while our service members gracefully bear the burden of protecting our liberties, they sometimes do so at great personal cost.” —Sue Hoppin, Founder and President of the National Military Spouse Network

“Tanya Biank’s Undaunted is a fascinating, eye-opening account of the women in uniform who put their lives on the line every day for the sake of their nation.” —W. E. B. Griffin, author of Black Ops

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Undaunted: The Real Story of America's Servicewomen in Today's Military 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An outstanding book - Tanya Biank, knows about Military life first hand - she has lived the Military life since she was born. The women she portrays in her book are real and dedicated to both our country and the branch of service they represent. I looked all of these woman up on the internet after reading UNDAUNTED and found several interesting articles on them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a thoroughly inspirational look at 4 servicewomen who faced typical issues that females are challenged with in the uniformed services. Profiling a diverse group made the characters relatable.