The Women Who Wrote the War

The Women Who Wrote the War

Book - 2000
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This collection of profiles pays tribute to the groundbreaking female reporters of World War II, such as Martha Gellhorn, Margaret Bourke-White, and Lee Miller, along with others who brought an original sensibility to the world of war reporting. Photos.
Publisher: New York : Perennial, 2000, c1999.
Edition: 1st Perennial ed. --
ISBN: 9780060958398
0060958391
Branch Call Number: 940/.53/082/Sor 3588mb 1
Characteristics: xviii, 458 p. : ill.

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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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