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Hell Hath No Fury: True Stories of Women at War from Antiquity to Iraq [Kindle Edition]

Rosalind Miles , Robin Cross
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An engaging collection that uncovers injustices in history and overturns misconceptions about the role of women in war

When you think of war, you think of men, right? Not so fast. In Hell Hath No Fury, Rosalind Miles and Robin Cross prove that although many of their stories have been erased or forgotten, women have played an integral role in wars throughout history.

In witty and compelling biographical essays categorized and alphabetized for easy reference, Miles and Cross introduce us to war leaders (Cleopatra, Elizabeth I, Margaret Thatcher); combatants (Molly Pitcher, Lily Litvak, Tammy Duckworth); spies (Belle Boyd, Virginia Hall, Noor Inayat Khan); reporters and propagandists (Martha Gellhorn, Tokyo Rose, Anna Politkov- skaya); and more. These are women who have taken action and who challenge our perceived notions of womanhood. Some will be familiar to readers, but most will not, though their deeds during wartime were every bit as important as their male contemporaries’ more heralded contributions.


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About the Author

ROSALIND MILES, Ph.D., author of Who Cooked the Last Supper?, is a critically acclaimed and internationally bestselling writer, a lecturer and a BBC broadcaster. Military historian ROBIN CROSS is the #1 bestselling author of more than thirty books, a Gulf War reporter, and a former advisor to the UK Ministry of Defence.

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  • File Size: 453 KB
  • Print Length: 395 pages
  • Publisher: Crown (February 26, 2008)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00150K3JC
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Gen Douglas MacArthur quoted a popular British song of World War I with "Old Soldiers Never Die; they only fade away" during his change of command speech in 1951. That quote very aptly describes any noble warrior. Rosalind Miles and Robin Cross do female warriors a great service by keeping their stories alive for a new generation in "Hell Hath no Fury: True Stories of Women at War from Antiquity to Iraq."

This book is an encyclopedic reference of famous stateswomen, and female leaders who stand out in the annals of history. The book is composed of short essays, each of which provides a footnoted reference to point readers to additional information for each major topic.

The book begins by highlighting female heads of state and generals. These chapters offer readers a very balanced look across diverse cultures, from Boudicca, who fought against the Romans; to Nusayba bint Ka'b, who fought at the side of the prophet Muhammad. It also includes glimpses of modern women such as Margaret Thatcher and Condoleezza Rice. The leaders in this chapter come from Africa, Russia, China, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas, and they range in time from B.C. through today.

The chapter "Creature Comforts" examines the culture of the "Camp Followers", who have existed since antiquity, serving as cooks and launders among other things. These willing women are starkly contrasted to the plight of "Comfort Women", who were forced into unspeakable acts. The chapter is balanced with positive organizations such as the United Services Organization and the Red Cross.
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