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Making WAVES: Navy Women of World War II Hardcover – March 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Abrams (March 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810995239
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810995239
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 11.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #866,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

As in his previous collections (At Ease and Men of World War II), photographic historian Bachner has raided the National Archives for the work of the Naval Aviation Photographic unit-which included outstanding photographers like Edward Steichen, Harry Bristol, Charles Steinheimer and Dwight Long-whose mission it was to "visually describe the war to the American people." In 150 photos, this group of "New Realists" depict the working lives of the first women to join the U.S. Navy, the WAVES (Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Service). Taking readers into the training, transportation, work and down time of these women, it's clear that their efforts-as radio operators, aviation machinists, aircraft repairmen, public information officers, meteorological technicians and others-were taken seriously not just by the women themselves, but by the all-male team that documented them. As such, their photos convey beautifully the "We Can Do It!" spirit of the time, when sacrifice and service were expected of every American. In addition, Bachner's work in the National Archives allows him to include many of the women's names, deepening the connection one immediately feels with these skillful, revealing and charismatic portraits. This collection of little-seen photographs will undoubtedly make a valuable addition to anyone's WWII library.
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Evan Bachner is a longtime collector of photographs and an photographic historian. He lives in New York City.








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It is a wonderful tribute to the women who served their country so honorably during the time of WWII.
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Wonderful photography, highly recommend for anyone interested in military history.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Robin Benson on March 26, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Edward Steichen, as Director of the Navel Photographic Institute during WW2, is the one to thank for these wonderful photos. He made a wise choice in choosing photographers like Wayne Miller, Howard Liberman or Charles Jacobs to record the Home Front military effort. Like the famous Farm Security Administration photos from the Depression years the images were made for use in civilian and military newspapers, magazines, posters or anywhere that would keep the patriotic spirit alive.

The 150 plus photos are in two sections: training and military work. They all put over a positive image especially the work ones though there are no WAVES with dirty hands or uniforms despite much of the work involving heavy machinery and many of photos are clearly posed to get the best effect. The first section of volunteers going off to camp, training and relaxing put across a message of comradeship and all pulling together (and still having a good time as five shots of a snowball fight at boot camp show).

The photos (in 175dpi) are presented one to a page with generous margins and nicely the captions are either under each photo or on the opposite page. The only thing missing from this interesting book is some background about the WAVES. The author reveals a little in her short intro but I had to go to Wikipedia to learn that this Navy section was part of a much larger ladies only military effort including the WAAC/WAC, ANC, NNC, USMCWR, PHS, SPARS, ARC and WASP (the website: Blitzkrieg Baby had plenty on uniforms, insignia and general background stuff).

Making Waves is a collection of wonderful no-nonsense photos that had to work at the time but now decades later their quality is still apparent.

***FOR AN INSIDE LOOK click 'customer images' under the cover.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Watkins on March 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I just received my copy of this book a few days ago and have been through it twice. It is a wonderful tribute to the women who served their country so honorably during the time of WWII. I just wish there was a pictoral story like this for my generation of WAVES in the early 60's!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Leslee on January 4, 2011
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I purchased "Making WAVES: Navy Women of World War II" for my mother who served as a WAVE in WWII. I gave it to her this Christmas and it brought smiles and tears of joy to her eyes. She and my dad met in Bremerton during the war (my dad also served in the Navy) and they were married in Bremerton. They were married for over 60 years and shared many special memories of the time they spent together during the war. My mom said she thought she even recognized several women in the book from the time she spent in boot camp and training to become a store keeper. My mom was originally from New Jersey and my dad from Montana. This book is a great tribute to all who served their country.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NavyGirl13 on March 26, 2012
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I am a nursing student applying to the Navy Nurse Candidate Program and wanted to prepare for my interview as much as possible. I ordered, "Making Waves" because it was suggested to me to learn a little more about the women of WWII. I was so pleased with my purchase. The photographs and descriptions truly allow one to feel as if they were of their own memories and not just a photo in an old book. I ordered this, along with, "In and Out of Harm's Way". Both were great resources. I felt that I was better able to connect with the Navy "sisters" of the past. I have even copied some of the photographs and hung them in my dorm for my own enjoyment and well, motivation. It is amazing to see how much the involvement of females in the Navy has progressed. If you love history as I do, add this book to your collection!
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