The Women Who Wrote the War

The Women Who Wrote the War

eBook - 2011
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A "vividly narrated" portrait of Margaret Bourke-White, Martha Gellhorn, and over ninety other female reporters who covered WWII combat (Robert Caro).

The annals of the greatest generation are not complete without acknowledging the contributions of America's fearless female combat correspondents. In this long-overdue book, Nancy Sorel pays homage to these unsung heroes, many of whom left comfortable lives behind to chronicle events on the battlefields of Europe and Asia during the Second World War.

A few became world-famous, like 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 to enter the concentration camp at Dachau just ahead of the American army. Many others have been overlooked by history. In this seamless narrative, Nancy Sorel weaves together the lives and times of one hundred gutsy, incomparable women, giving us, in the words of Pulitzer Prize winner Arthur Schlesinger Jr., "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."
Publisher: [United States] :, Arcade Publishing,, 2011.
ISBN: 9781628721157
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Jan 22, 2016

An exhaustively researched and detailed account of the role played by women war correspondents during WW2. Absorbing and readable throughout, the book highlights not just what those women did but who they were as individuals, how they got there and why they did it.
There are far too many individual stories to mention here but a couple that stood out for me are Pat Lochridge's account of the tide of wounded marines being gathered up and taken to hospital during the assault on Iwo Jima; and the account of the first three women arriving at Buchenwald when it was liberated.
This is a story that needed to be told. Those young women were pioneers in every sense. The world did not change because of their exploits -- inequality between the sexes in the world of work still prevail even to our present day. But they certainly demonstrated how nonsensical and unfair that inequality is and their voices could never be totally ignored again.


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