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"It is remarkable that this essential history waited so long to be written. It must have been waiting for Nancy Caldwell Sorel and her incredible research and exquisite style. The notes themselves are an invaluable guide to the work of these exceptional women."
—Walter Kronkite

"These women must not be forgotten, their stories must be told NOW. [A] remarkable book."
—Dan Rather

"The Women Who Wrote the War is an absorbing account of a generation of brave and resourceful women who proved that they were every bit as good as men in covering the greatest war in history."
—Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.

"At last—at long last—here is a book that gives their rightful place history to a group of true heroes. Exhaustively researched, vividly narrated, Nancy Sorel's long-needed work illuminates an aspect of World War II which has been too long ignored."
—Robert A. Caro

About the Author

Nancy Caldwell Sorel has been a regular feature writer for the Atlantic Monthly and a contributor to Esquire, GQ, Forbes, and the New York Times Book Review. Her books include Word People, Ever Since Eve: Reflections on Childbirth, First Encounters, and The Women Who Wrote the War.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Arcade Publishing (May 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611450497
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611450491
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #199,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Susan Phillips on December 30, 2012
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I have recently had an interest in World War II, mainly because two of my uncles were in the Navy during that war and neither wanted to talk about their experiences. For more recent wars, this response to war experiences may be part of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

I have a collection of excellent books on World War II, including Weinberg's A World at Arms, Carl's A WASP Among Eagles, Audie Murphy's To Hell and Back and Keith's Three Came Home. To my collection I add this book. These books do not remotely cover what I would have liked to hear directly from my uncles. However, these books do help me understand what happened during WWII and why we should keep interest in past conflicts alive so as to try to not have such happen again.

This book is very well written, easy to follow and held my interest completely. The subjects were covered well for a compilation and the presentation smoothly flows from one description/narration to the next. I usually prefer detailed autobiographies or biographies focused on one individual, but this book was very satisfying, namely because it covered all of the major theaters of the war. In addition, it has a good bibliography in the back and I will probably use that list for additional books to read.

Please read this book, it would be a very worthwhile endeavor.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Curt J. Thomas on January 20, 2013
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This book introduced me to a part of History that, up to now, I was unaware of. As the Father of two daughters it was cool to discover that there were women breaking barriers and excelling at it. It would have been nice if there had been more examples of the stories they wrote, but otherwise an very good read

My only complaint (and this may be because I was reading it thru Kindle) it was hard to follow which journalist was being featured, Author would use full name one time, first name the next, and then last name only another time, especially when two journalists were in the chapter.
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I lived through that period of time and yet there were so many things that I had no idea took place. The war accounts and the background and lives of the women who covered the events was extremely well described and provided captivating reading. The accounts on paper touched all the emotions and once started, the book was hard to put down.
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I really enjoyed reading this book. I could not believe how many women started the path to getting women in journalisim. How they risked their life not for the thrill of adventure, but because it was something that needed to be done. In many ways, they did the job just as good or better than their male peers.

A book for everyone to read, and then to realize how far we have come since then in many different areas of life.
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One can find so much written about almost everything having to do with WW2. It is seldom --if ever---we find such a well researched and easy to read book that examines that war from a woman's perspective. And who better to provide a different perspective than a woman journalist? These women were truly amazing people. It is too bad that their viewpoint has been lost on the Current American public.

I had a little difficulty at first keeping all of the different journalists straight. But, once I got into the book, that no longer was an issue.

A must read for anyone interested in behind the scenes World War 2 history.
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