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War Torn: Stories of War from the Women Reporters Who Covered Vietnam Hardcover – August 20, 2002


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From Publishers Weekly

Often only hours before you took that first sip of ricard or your martini... you had been watching a medic give up on a kid of eighteen or nineteen and flip a cold poncho over his face. Often you could hear the artillery of a battle across the Saigon River. So Kate Webb, a former UPI correspondent, recalls her days as a reporter in Vietnam, moving back and forth between the devastation of the field and the decadent and chaotic nightlife of Saigon. Her story is part of War Torn: Stories of War from the Women Reporters Who Covered Vietnam, written by former correspondents including Denby Fawcett, Jurate Kazickas and UPI's Webb and Tracy Wood. The book collects nine reporters' memoirs that recall the period of 1966 1975, when women's reportage, as Gloria Emerson notes in her introduction, was much rarer than today.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Women correspondents in Vietnam were a rarity and frequently discouraged by the military as well as by paternalistic editors who resisted giving them combat assignments. But the nine women reporters whose harrowing war stories are recounted here e.g., Bartimus (Associated Press), Edie Lederer (Associated Press), Anne Merrick (ABC-TV), Laura Palmer (ABC and NBC Radio), and more were determined to go to Vietnam to cover the biggest story of their generation. In the course of their work, one was captured and imprisoned by the enemy and two others were seriously injured. For each woman Vietnam was a life-changing event, her "phantom limb," as Bartimus calls it. These powerful stories of sex, drugs, fear, adventure, horror, and pathos, as well as "the unabashed love" that these reporters observed the men on the battlefield expressing to one another, offer a new perspective on the war and warfare journalism that should be in demand in all public and academic libraries. Highly recommended. Faye Powell, Portland State Univ. Lib., OR
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 291 pages
  • Publisher: Random House; 1st edition (August 15, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375506284
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375506284
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,034,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Linda Fairstein on September 5, 2002
Format: Hardcover
WAR TORN is a brilliant and riveting collection of essays by the handful of smart and courageous women who actually went to the battlefields in Asia to report on the Vietnamese War. For everyone who served in the war or had loved ones who did, for those of us who lived through these events at home, and for younger readers who have no sense of this history, this compelling book reveals these critical years from a perspective most of us never knew existed. The stories of these nine brave women will capture your minds and break your heart a bit. A thorougly uplifting and informative book with stories you've never heard before.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Marilyn Engelke on September 1, 2002
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" Having been born in the early forties, Vietnam was MY war. Unlike the women of WAR TORN, I busied myself with raising a family in the good, old, safe & sound USA. I cannot say enough about the impact this book had on me. These selfless, courageous, determined correspondents took me on a tour of a Vietnam that I never knew existed. Reading WAR TORN was truly an educational, eye-opening experience for me. They way these women express their adventures, insights, and emotions is absolutely glorious. This is a must read for people of all ages."
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By jsdunada on September 1, 2002
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I enjoyed this book because, although I was fairly young during the Vietnam War, it's events shaped my generation....The book is interesting because of the different experiences & writing styles of the nine authors. And, yes, all of the authors have definite opinions as to the role of the USA there.
Although it is short & easy to read, I found it taught me a number of things about the people involved; the military, journalists and civilians caught in that mayhem.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 20, 2002
Format: Hardcover
The stories in War Torn are riveting and capture the will and determination of women journalists to have equal access to cover the war. But they also bring Saigon and Vietnam in the 60s and 70 alive to anyone too young to remember. I applaud these women for making the Vietnam war accessible to a generation who grew up after the war.
War Torn leave the reader happy and sad but thoroughly enchanted. For anyone who is a history buff, a traveler planning to visit Vietnam or simply a lover of great tales, I highly recommend this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brenden Holden on October 4, 2002
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I don't know much about Vietnam, but I was drawn to the book by the sad and thoughtful face on the cover. My highest praise to these women. They brought the Vietnam war alive to someone who was not even born at its conclusion. The stories are beautiful, sad, funny and touching. My thanks to the authors for putting such a wonderful piece of writing and important part of history down on paper.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James E. Baskin on March 7, 2009
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I served with the 173d Airborne Brigade in Nam during 1967-1968. The little French war correspondent spent a few times with my company and I just discovered this book. I bought it and will read it and remember those times all over again. I remember Catherine LeRoy well, she always wore a little bandana over her hair and most of us who humped the bush admired her strength to hang with us. Gutsy is all I can say.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. R. Newman on June 3, 2011
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A wonderful collection of the varied experiences of 9 female journalists who covered the Vietnam War and it's aftermath, as foreign correspondents. These amazing women were pioneers in their profession, working as journalists covering combat operations at a time when many in the news media still felt that was a job best left to male reporters.

I was struck by the common threads in all 9 contributors' personal accounts of their experiences in Vietnam, covering the War. All were profoundly affected by their time in Vietnam, not unlike soldiers who courageously served our country there so long ago. I was fascinated by their vivid descriptions of Saigon and the lives they led there, juxtaposed against the harsh and tragic reality of covering combat operations as they occurred.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in the Vietnam War or the modern history of journalism.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan Redden on August 6, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This book was awesome because it gave individual stories of women who covered the Vietnam War. Many of them went to the front lines to get a story. They were the pioneers in war correspondence for women in the newsroom. They met their deadlines, risked their lives some didn't come back, while others had an interesting perspective and point of view of the war and what the soldiers felt and did to survive and how our government was putting a spin on the war.

I highly recommend this book. Its an inside view of how journalism is at its best particularly how women broke the barrier in a world where men dominated the press coverage!
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