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A lively blend of narrative and first-hand reminiscences is underserved by its drab appearance. This compelling account of the army nurses of WWII breathes life into an often-overlooked corner of American history. Nearly 60,000 American women signed on to serve as nurses during WWII, and Kuhn (Not Exactly Nashville) interviewed dozens of them, relating their stories here with an eye to the sort of detail that children in particular will savor. She chronicles the grimmest aspects of wartime dutyAair raids, deprivation and death, being taken prisonerAbut she also includes some surprises. These nurses wash out undies in helmets, whip up a wedding dress out of a parachute and make fudge in a foxhole. The book's chronological framework covers the years between Pearl Harbor and the postwar occupation forces, interweaving episodes from the Pacific Theater to North Africa, the liberation of Dachau and beyond. Unfortunately, the layout is bland and institutional, with gray sidebars and grainy reproductions of period photos and recruiting posters; it doesn't lure an audience to the eminently readable text. Ages 10-up. (Oct.)
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Grade 6 Up-Kuhn has done a remarkable job of illustrating the diversity of Army nurses' assignments and the breadth of their experiences. Among those profiled are nurses who walked 800 miles to freedom when their plane was shot down over German-occupied Albania, those who were prisoners of war in Manila, and those who helped liberate the concentration camp at Dachau. Sidebars provide information on African-American nurses and women who served on the home front as everything from postal carriers to airplane mechanics. The book also provides a brief overview of the causes of World War II and a short history of Army nurses in prior battles. Excellent reproductions, maps, and a time line accompany the clear, well-written text. Compelling comments from the dozens of women interviewed reveal their despair, fear, camaraderie, and hope, and give the accounts a sense of immediacy. Shaaron Cosner's War Nurses (Walker, 1988) briefly covers women nurses from the Revolutionary War to Vietnam, but is not as comprehensive or as engaging. Angels of Mercy provides a wonderful opportunity for students to learn about a relatively unknown segment of Americans who are often ignored in favor of the better-known soldiers and statesmen.
Leah J. Sparks, Bowie Public Library, MD
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 8
  • Lexile Measure: 970L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 114 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin (October 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689820445
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689820441
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.3 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,301,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Y on January 11, 2002
Format: Paperback
Even though I am only a girl of twelve I felt very moved by this book. I felt as if I wanted to do the things that they did. This book did a wonderful job describing what women as nurses in the Red Cross did during WWII. It shows women can do just as good as men. This book recognizes the bravery and courage of women in combat zones and the challenges and hardships they overcame.
I think that people of today should give more recognition to the nurses and WASPs of WWII and that is what this book has done. They give me courage to do things I didn't think I could do. If you enjoy this book you might enjoy On Silver Wings as I have.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 27, 2000
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Angels of Mercy, The Army Nurses of World War Two is on the American Library Association's list of recommended books for young readers. I saw it on display at the ALA's annual conference in San Antonio and was immediately captivated by the colorful cover--a typical young nurse of the forties being "capped," preliminary, one supposes, to entering the Army Nurse Corps. The face could have belonged to any number of the nurses the author follows through the course of World War II. The book is a wonderful combination of history and human interest, weaving the events of the war with the true stories of the nurses who tended the sick and wounded soldiers. For example, while painting the background of MacArthur's surrender in the Philippines, the author gives touching and personal accounts of the daily life of the nurses left behind to care for patients in the internment camp. The account of the war is a good general introduction to that period of history for young readers unfamiliar with it. I would recommend this book for any young reader. I would especially recommend it to all the nurses who were part of the war effort. They should give a copy to all their grandchildren, nieces, and nephews to provide an insight into the life of an army nurse on active duty.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Y on January 11, 2002
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Even though I am only a girl of twelve I felt very moved by this book. I felt as if I wanted to do the things that they did. This book did a wonderful job describing what women as nurses in the Red Cross did during WWII. It shows women can do just as good as men. This book recognizes lots of bravery and courage from the women in combat zones. These women faced many hardships and challenges and over came them.
I think that people of today should give more recognition to the nurses and WASPs of WWII and that is what this book has done. They give me courage to do things I didn't think I could do. If you enjoy this book you might enjoy On Silver Wings as I have.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Diane Burke Fessler on July 30, 2014
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When I found this book about WWII nurses I was reminded of my aunt, a U.S. Army Nurse stationed in France and Japan. She returned home when I was 10 years old and the next few years I heard many stories about her experiences overseas. Years later I was inspired by her life to write NO TIME FOR FEAR, VOICES OF AMERICAN MILITARY NURSES IN WORLD WAR II, which has personal stories of women who served their country all over the world. Hopefully other young women will be inspired by this book, written for the young, but interesting as well for older readers because of the heroic and brave experiences related in this fascinating book. Included are the first flight nurses, African-American nurses in a segregated army, nurse prisoners in the Philippines, and women who served in many ways during the 1940s. I highly recommend this for all ages.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Benson on December 9, 2009
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A wonderful book for children or adults on the history of the Army Nurse Corps. Very well done.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Katie Sloan on March 5, 2013
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This is written for younger people, but is very inclusive of details about nurses during WWII. I recommend for ages 10 and above.
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