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Undaunted: The Real Story of America's Servicewomen in Today's Military Hardcover – February 5, 2013


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“[Biank] follows the military career of four women currently playing a vital role in today’s integrated armed forces.… An eye-opening account of a military in transition.”
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“UNDAUNTED contains fascinating multiple portraits of the real-life experiences of women in the military, from young enlisted women to a seasoned and celebrated general. Tanya Biank explores these lives with inside knowledge, compassion and wit.”
—Amy Dickinson, Ask Amy columnist and author of The Mighty Queens of Freeville
“To many traditional men, especially those who have known the rigors of military service, the question often is, why would women want to take on this challenging life? By the end of Tanya Biank’s fine book, UNDAUNTED, the answer is clear: because they want to do it, and they can do it.” —Joseph E. Persico, author of Roosevelt’s Centurions
“UNDAUNTED expertly captures the struggle women face in the rapidly changing 21st century military. If you have ever wondered what it takes for women service members to ‘be all they can be,’ you must read this book.”
—Siobhan Fallon, author You Know When the Men Are Gone
“Whether withering under a Marine Drill Instructor’s ‘blasting,’ jumping out of a C-17 with Army Airborne, planning operations along the Afghanistan border, or negotiating the political minefields of being a one-star general, Biank makes the reader feel you are there with four extraordinary, yet very human women who have chosen the profession of arms.”
—Jeff Melvoin, Executive Producer of Army Wives
“UNDAUNTED is truly riveting. The stories remind us that while our service members gracefully bear the burden of protecting our liberties, they sometimes do so at great personal cost.”
—Sue Hoppin, Founder and President of the National Military Spouse Network
“Tanya Biank’s UNDAUNTED is a fascinating, eye-opening account of the women in uniform who put their lives on the line every day for the sake of their nation.”
—W. E. B. Griffin, author of Black Ops
 

About the Author

Tanya Biank is an author and a journalist. Her book, Army Wives, is the basis for Lifetime’s hit series, Army Wives, and she serves as a consultant to the show. Tanya is the daughter, sister, and wife of Army colonels, and during her days as a newspaper reporter she traveled around the world with troops. Her coverage of the Fort Bragg Army wife murders in 2002 led to congressional inquiries and changes in Army policy. Her work has appeared in a number of publications, including The New York Times.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Hardcover; 1 edition (February 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451239229
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451239228
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #734,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Very well written.
Katherine McDowell
When I saw the author had new book out, I purchased it immediately and it was even better than I expected.
Patti
Great to read the stories of real American military women.
Frances Bland

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By C. Dietrich on March 1, 2013
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I'm a retired military woman but Cold War era. The situations women are in nowadays are so different. These four women are models of the best kind of military members. Whether people like it or not, they're already in combat. Their stories were told with great warmth and sympathy, but also without pulling punches. I just wish the author had chosen a Navy and an Air Force woman as well--those are very different cultures from the Army and the Marines.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Darcy S on February 9, 2013
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This is such a fantastically well written book about four inspiring military women, told in a very clear and engaging style. I normally do not enjoy reading non-fiction, but I absolutely could not put this book down. With every chapter dedicated solely to one individual, the author weaves back and forth among the four women throughout the book. She paints a very clear and accurate picture for the reader to be able to draw their own conclusion about just how resilient, intelligent, strong, and yet human her subjects are, all without offering her own philosophical opinions throughout, which was a welcome surprise.

As an Army officer myself, I can definitely say from my own experiences of nearly 15 years, the author is spot on in her descriptions and explanations throughout the book regarding the military atmosphere, deployments, and the types of challenges military women face daily. Ms. Biank clearly knows what's she's talking about. It was a great read, albeit a bit tough personally, as it hits very close to home in many regards. I have not read her book on Military Wives, but after reading this one, I am definitely tempted to give it a try.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Katherine McDowell on April 11, 2013
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Having read "Army Wives" I ordered myself a copy of this book. I am an Army Wife, Marine Corps brat so I appreciate the subject but moveover, I appreciate the honest story telling. No drama, no fiction. I felt before I read each of the books as if it might not quite be my "cup of tea" however, as I started the first one, I could not put it down. Same with the second. After reading the stories for myself, I feel as if these strong women are people I know, I have seen this kind of determination and courage in person all through my life. It's admirable and the fact that they were willing to share such personal parts of their lives shows us all their courage. Loved the book, purchased more as gifts for friends who are active duty women and friends. Very well written.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dorothy Weiss on March 5, 2013
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These are true stories of four "wonder women." Unlike the glamourous fictional comic book Wonder Woman in red, white and blue garb and golden cuffs, tiara, dasing around fighting crime, --- the ladies in this book, serve in the military, undergoing the same training, rigors and challenges as men. The are stories of achievement, and if you ever thought that women are not qualified to serve in the military, you must read this book. Each female soldier achieves, holds her own. Could you juggle marriage, family, babies and active military service to your country?

Highly recommended reading. Inspirational. From cadets to the battlefield. From Drill Sergeants to Generals. Revealing, well wrriten.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By jhatzfeld on March 26, 2014
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I am a woman on active duty...and I looked forward to reading this book about my "sisterhood". But I finished it with mixed feelings. While so many experiences resonated with my own, it doesn't really reflect my reality. Maybe it's because I'm in the Air Force, or because I'm a nurse, or because I have two great kids and have been happily married for almost 20 years. If I were unique, I would understand, but there are a lot of women in the Air Force, and a whole lot of female nurses and medics in the military...and thankfully a lot of happily married moms, too. This book, while honestly written, falls into what I see as a stereotype of military women that believes their relationships come second to the military. That's just not true for all of us, and it's not even required to succeed. Balancing them is difficult, but infinitely rewarding.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By sandy on June 1, 2014
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I bought this book as a female military member looking to relate to it's subject matter. I found myself unable to connect and directly relate to any of these women. While their stories are inspiring and amazing; they are particularly unique and they don't really reflect the normal enlisted woman. Good read, but it could have been better to get more anecdotes and short stories from the lower enlisted females in our armed forces.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jen Segerson on April 27, 2014
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After 23 years on active duty, it's nice to hear the stories of these women. This book reflects the struggles, sacrifices and personal victories of many women in service, without patronizing or over-dramatizing. It's an easy read I would recommend to any reader.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Don R. Lynch on April 23, 2014
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Excellent read on challenges of women in the military. I would encourage all prospective female members of the military as well as their loved ones to read this excellent book.
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