Women Heroes of World War I: 16 Remarkable Resisters, Soldiers, Spies, and Medics

Women Heroes of World War I: 16 Remarkable Resisters, Soldiers, Spies, and Medics

by Kathryn J. Atwood
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Women Heroes of World War I: 16 Remarkable Resisters, Soldiers, Spies, and Medics 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Pure_Jonel More than 1 year ago
What an intriguing and well written look at the lives of women during WWI. Atwood selects the stories of 16 women to showcase the strength and trials of those who chose the difficult path at a time when it was even more difficult. I found the stories well written, really allowing me to focus on the individual stories. Atwood tells the tales in a way that really highlighted each character in a different way. I appreciated how the tales were told accurately, yet with a flair that made them fun to read. They were developed in such a manner that highlighted not only the lives of the individuals in question, but of the war in general. Together, these stories create a fun, informative, and enjoyable look at the impact of women during WWI. It’s a read that I’d definitely recommend to those who like taking a look at history. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
samanthas9498 More than 1 year ago
When most people think of World War I, (if they even know what it is) the first things that come to mind are trenches and the famous picture of the Archduke and his wife moments before their (accidentally-on-purpose) assassination. Unfortunately, no ones thinks about a young French teen who gave food and information to British soldiers, a young nurse helping gas victims, or female soldiers. As a major (WWII) history buff, I believe history should be taught with people, not boring dates and facts in history books. After all, the entire war wouldn’t have existed if it wasn’t for the men and women during that time, and studying people’s stories bring life to history, and allow it to be presented in the interesting way it is. I became a huge fan of Kathryn Atwood when I read her first book, Women Heroes of World War II, and was also impressed with the WWII memoir she edited, Code Name Pauline. Although WWII remains my primary area of interest, I decided to give WWI a try and was quite happy I did. I can now officially say I know 16 amazing women from the time period! — Part of the “Women of Action” series written for teens and young adults, Women Heroes of World War I is a collection of 16 short biographies about women from World War I.  The biographies are divided into four parts; Resisters and Spies, Medical Personnel, Soldiers, and Journalists. The women featured are: Edith Cavell, Louise Thuliez, Emilienne Moreau, Gabrielle Petit, Marthe Cnockaert, Louise de Bettignies, Elsie Inglis, Olive King, Helene Gleichen, Shirley Millard, Maria Bochkareva, Flora Sandes, Marina Yurlova, Ecaterina Teodoroiu, Mary Roberts Rinehart, and Madeleine Zabriskie Doty. Very few stories are both interesting and factual. But, Atwood, a great storyteller and historian, manages to just this by drawing stories from key sources. Each story is well-researched, and instead of just boring facts about the person’s life, includes stories about the person, which makes each story more personable, instead of just another great random person in a history textbook. There is nothing graphic, making this most ideal for teens but appropriate for mostly anyone. A lot of background information is included for each part, making the book a lot more understandable and easily read, without complicated jargon. The writing is simple, making it more interesting. Pictures are included for every single woman, so we can easily associate a face (and living person) with the name and story. One of the main things I enjoyed about  Women Heroes of World War II, was additional resources after each story, the series’ biggest perk. This allows me to look more into the women I found most interesting. (My favorite stories were the resisters and spies, of course! I’ll definitely have to check out some of the additional resources listed) Although WWI isn’t nearly as interesting in WWII, that doesn’t mean WWI’s brave heroines should go overlooked. I can’t say I enjoyed this one as well as I did Atwood’s earlier works, but that’s simply because Irena Sendler and Diet Eman (and a lot of the other women who I love) will always be my heroes. :) But, for a subject I’m not really interested in, I really did enjoy it and would highly recommend it for anyone looking for well-researched but interesting alternatives to boring textbooks! Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This in no way effected my review.