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Even the Women Must Fight: Memories of War from North Vietnam Hardcover – March 1, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0471146896 ISBN-10: 0471146897 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (March 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471146897
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471146896
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,183,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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* ""Karen Turner and Phan Thanh Hao have brought scholarship and compassion to a long-neglected aspect of the Vietnam War--the contributions of Vietnamese women to the independence struggle of their nation and the terrible price they paid for their courage and patriotism.""--Neil Sheehan, author of A Bright Shining Lie

""This book is a genuine eye-opener. Through graphic interviews and groundbreaking archival research, Karen Turner has given us a book that will change our understandings of the Vietnam War--and of Vietnam today. I found it enthralling.""--Cynthia Enloe, author of The Morning After

""A first-rate book that will add substantially to our understanding of the human tragedy associated with one of the most bloody conflicts in recent history.""--Robert Brigham, Vassar College

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A searing oral history probes the experiences and cultural legacies of Vietnamese women in the war. Through oral history, private letters and diaries, and poetry, Karen Turner explores the crucial role North Vietnamese women played as valiant soldiers, the personal sacrifice and loss they suffered, and the enduring political and social influences their war roles have come to exert on their own lives and the lives of their daughters.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 12, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Finally, a book documenting women's experiences on the Vietnam War and women fighters at that! For years, we have been reading materials and watching movies on the Vietnam War from a pre-dominantly American point of view. Although written by an American, the book originated from the extraordinary women of Vietnam and is a channel for silent voices to finally speak out. This book presents a very real and perhaps disturbing account of the hardships that the women in Vietnam have gone through in order to save their homeland. The accounts are heart-breaking and serves as a stark reminder of the horrors of war but more importantly, highlights the bravery and courage of the Vietnamese women who have been stereotyped as Miss Saigons. The book provides detailed interviews with survivors of the Ho Chi Minh Trail and how sacrifices are not rewarded by the state. Appreciate the book for its honesty and the difficulties that the author went through to get the survivors to open their hearts to her, an American, a former enemy. A refreshing read.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 17, 1999
Format: Paperback
I am currently going to college and I took a course on the Vietnam crisis and war, and Even the Women Must Fight was one of the last books that we read. After reading books that focused mainly or even completely on the American experience in Vietnam, it was extrmely interesting to read about how the Vietnamese saw and dealt with the war. The thousands of civilians who added such strength to the North Vietnamese war effort were people who had been described in all of the sources we read as 'coolie' laborers--people conscripted by the govenment to do necessary work. To read the accounts of women who fought in the war, or risked their lives to maintain the Ho Chi Minh trail simply added a new dimension to my understanding of the Vietnamese side, and indeed of the entire war itself.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Susan O'Neill on December 29, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is a well-written and straightforward account of women who fought on the side of the North Vietnamese in the "American War," and what happened to them when they attempted to return to peacetime life. Most of the stories come from the women themselves, and are reported in their words.

I found the book particularly affecting, because it presented some difficult truths for me as a nurse on the American side. It is always revealing to know your enemy; in my case, the supposed enemy in this book could be my mirror image. And if the similarities are fascinating, the differences are wrenching: these women fought on their own soil, to protect it from soldiers from half a world away who, for reasons that were far from clear, dropped bombs and chemicals on them. When the war was over, and I went home to marry and raise a family, these women found that their service had, in many cases, made it impossible for them to marry and have children--a cultural imperative that in large part determined their worth in the eyes of their country. Certainly, the war created physical and psychological problems for women who served on the US side--PTSD, birth defects in children due to chemical exposure, and a raft of health conditions that still persist for us in our fifties and sixties. But for the Vietnamese women warriors, the effects were far more direct. They lived, and still live, on soil salted with Agent Orange. Most of them suffered from malaria. They lost potential mates in the war, or by leaving them behind when they went to serve--not for one year, as was our case, but for many. They faced the very immediate possibility that their children, if they could have them, would be severely deformed.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 24, 1999
Format: Hardcover
As a college student studying the America's war with Vietnam, I was struck by the determination and nationalism that the Vietnamese displayed in their battles against foreign occupation. Seeking to further my study and learn more about the perspectives of the Vietnamese I turned to Turner's book Even the Women Must Fight. The information that I found in the book I could not have found anywhere else. Turner's extensive interviews and personal memoirs from women who fought in the Viet Cong opened up a previously unreported accounts of what Vietnamese women accomplished in their war with America. These women's successes are truly amazing and much deserving of a book documenting their vital contributions.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 16, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Karen Turner's book is a well researched, interesting and compassionate discussion of women who made up the backbone of Viet Nam's fighting forces. She does not overwhelm the reader with intellectual theory and in doing so she brings us closer to a source of history ignored and overlooked for decades. It's difficult to write about and interview former soldiers who continue to suffer the effects of such enormous violence, but Turner does it with great insight and awareness. This is the perfect book for history students or university faculty who want to hear the voices of Viet Nam's strongest fighters.
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