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Amazons to fighter pilots : a biographical dictionary of military women
Pennington, Reina, 1956-
Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2003.
Physical Description:
2 volumes (lxviii, 760 pages) : illustrations ; 27 cm
v. 1. A-Q -- v. 2. R-Z.


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U52 .A44 2003 V.1 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating
U52 .A44 2003 V.2 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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Author Notes

Reina Pennington was a Captain in the U.S. Air Force before earning her PhD She is Director of Peace, War, and Diplomacy Studies in the Department of History and Political Science at Norwich University.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

The role of women in the military has traditionally been a topic of contention, particularly when the focus is the assignment of women to combat roles. With the advent of the war in Iraq and the visible role of women as POWs, the publication of this title could hardly be more opportune. It covers the history of women in the military, focusing on women who fought, from ancient times to the present. The body of the work, written by more than 100 university and college-affiliated subject experts, consists of alphabetically arranged profiles of more than 300 women or groups (e.g., Spanish Civil War, women in; WASP Women's Airforce Service Pilots), followed by a section that treats World War II Soviet military units, such as the Forty-Sixth Taman'sky Guards Bomber Aviation Regiment, listed by number. As indicated, treatment is international as well as historical in scope. Presented in brisk, readable prose, entries run between a third of a page to six pages for more prominent figures or groups, such as Elizabeth I of England or the women involved in the Israeli War of Independence. Following a brief fact summary, entries treat the history of the person or group from birth or inception to death or disbanding. Some group entries include brief profiles of "representative participants." The focus is on the specific military operations in which the subject was involved. Cross-references are noted in bold within the body of the entry, and each entry ends with a brief bibliography. Additional information such as quotations, statistics, and related facts appear in sidebars throughout the text. Some entries are accompanied by clear black-and-white photographs or reproductions. The first volume opens with an engagingly written introductory essay, and the second includes both a 125-page time line and bibliographic surveys of materials on "Women as Prisoners of War" and "Women, Medicine, and the Military." Each volume contains lists of entries by geographic region, time period and conflict, role or branch of service, prisoner or POW status, and groups and organizations. The second volume closes with a comprehensive bibliography, good index, and notes on the contributors. With its international scope and its emphasis on women in combat, this title complements Victoria Sherrow's Women and the Military: An Encyclopedia (ABC-CLIO, 1996), which focuses on the U.S and includes coverage of events, wars, laws, and military branches as well as women who served in noncombat roles. Amazons to Fighter Pilots is a necessary addition to college and university libraries and a sound selection for high-school and public libraries. -- RBB Copyright 2003 Booklist

Choice Review

Pennington (Norwich Univ.) draws contributions from a corps of distinguished experts to compile a highly authoritative and accessible biographical resource covering military women, antiquity to the present. Preceded by a historical survey of women's activities in military affairs, some 400 individual and group entries are arranged alphabetically across two volumes. The engagingly written profiles, focused primarily on women combatants, vary in length from one paragraph to several pages, and each closes with a brief bibliography. Group entries (e.g., women crusaders; Women's Army Corps) complement the individual profiles by providing fuller perspective on women's activities in various conflicts. Topical lists that arrange entries by category (time period/conflict, geographic region, roles/branches of service, groups/organizations) are particularly helpful for browsing. The text is replete with black-and-white photographs, illustrations, and supplementary sidebars containing quotes and facts. Appendixes consist of subject guides on women POWs and women in the medical services. An exhaustive 125-page time line, roster of contributors, master bibliography, and index are included. Broader in coverage than Victoria Sherrow's Women and the Military: An Encyclopedia (CH, Jun'97), more substantive than Jessica Salmonson's Encyclopedia of Amazons (CH, Dec'91), this peerless work, situated at the nexus of military history and women's studies, is an essential companion to more male-biased biographical resources like Harper Encyclopedia of Military Biography (1992). ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All collections. E. J. Metz US Army Command and General Staff College

Table of Contents

Foreword by Gerhard Weinberg
List of Entries by Geographic Region
List of Entries by Time Period/Conflict
List of Entries by Role/Branch of Service
List of Entries by Prisoner/POW Status
Introduction: A Historical Overview of Women in the Military and in War
Abbreviations Entries Timeline
Appendix A Women as Prisoners of War: A Bibliographic Survey
Appendix B Women, Medicine, and the Military: A Bibliographic Survey
About the Contributors