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The women who wrote the war
Sorel, Nancy Caldwell.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Arcade Pub. : Distributed by Time Warner Trade Pub., [1999]

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xviii, 458 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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D799.U6 S563 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Like Tom Brokaw's "The Greatest Generation, " Sorel's moving account of the women war correspondents of this century at last brings to light the exploits of more than 100 of this country's unsung heroes. of photos.

Author Notes

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.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

World War II is a story without end that can be told from countless perspectives, and Sorel, a contributor to Esquire and the Atlantic, has chosen one that is as fascinating as it is overlooked: the unique vantage point of women war correspondents. Their battle began at home, where they had to convince skeptical male editors of their mettle, and it continued on the battlefield. Treated either dismissively or overprotectively, they were also the objects of much sexual and romantic desire, but these unconventional and courageous women persevered, suffering all the hardships and horrors of war in Europe and the Pacific, and striving to tell the truth about what they witnessed. Sorel, who never fails to relish a telling anecdote, deftly weaves together more than a dozen profiles of such trailblazers as Sigrid Schultz, Berlin bureau chief for the Chicago Tribune; photographer Margaret Bourke-White; Martha Gellhorn; Virginia Cowles; Sonia Tomara; Lee Miller; and Dickey Chapelle, who was later killed in combat in Vietnam. By insightfully presenting both the private and professional sides of her subjects' lives, Sorel has written a many-faceted and refulgent chapter in the history of women, war, and journalism. --Donna Seaman

Library Journal Review

Sorel, a freelance journalist who writes regularly for Esquire and the Atlantic, has assembled an impressive amount of biographical information about the women reporters who covered World War II. Though numbering fewer than 100, these women were extremely dedicated to overcoming the bias of their employers, who often felt that the front was no place for a woman, and of the military itself. The stories of these women reportersÄe.g., Lee Miller, Martha GelhornÄare at once inspiring, frustrating, and sad, and most are certainly worth knowing. The book, however, is more anecdotal than analytical. Important questions, such as whether these women reported the war differently from their male counterparts, is not treated systematically. In addition, the place of women in the history of news needs greater context. Still, as a journalistic account of an often neglected story, it is recommended for public libraries.ÄFrederic Krome, Jacob Rader Marcus Ctr. of the American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Prologuep. xiii
A Note on the Foremothersp. xvii
1. The Groundbreakersp. 1
2. Cassandras of the Coming Stormp. 12
3. Apprentices in Spainp. 25
4. The Lessons of Czechoslovakiap. 43
5. One Thought, One Holy Mission: Polandp. 58
6. Waiting for Hitler: The Phony Warp. 71
7. Fleeing Francep. 81
8. Braving the Blitzp. 92
9. Working Under the Swastikap. 106
10. Margaret Bourke-White Shoots the Russian Warp. 117
11. Treading Water, Marking Timep. 125
12. China Handsp. 131
13. Facing the War That Is Our War Nowp. 148
14. Women Behind Walls: Manila, Siena, Shanghaip. 159
15. Learning the Rules, Dressing the Partp. 170
16. Women on Trial: North Africap. 180
17. Touching Base on Five Continentsp. 193
18. Slogging Through Italyp. 200
19. New Women Come Over for Overlordp. 211
20. D Dayp. 224
21. Trekking North from Romep. 235
22. That Summer in Francep. 242
23. Liberating Parisp. 256
24. Crossing the Siegfried Linep. 272
25. The Battle of the Bulgep. 283
26. Penetrating the Pacific Barriersp. 293
27. Iwo Jimap. 301
28. Of Rain, Ruin, Relationships, and the Bridge at Remagenp. 314
29. The Month of April: The Advancep. 330
30. The Month of April: The Campsp. 347
31. The Longed-for Dayp. 362
32. "It Is Not Over, Over Here"p. 377
33. Women Winding Up a Warp. 382
Epiloguep. 390
Notesp. 399
Selected Bibliographyp. 439
Indexp. 443