The only foreign photographer in the Soviet Union when Hitler's troops invaded in 1941, "Adolf Hitler's greatest enemy," the first journalist to enter the concentration camp at Dachau before American troops arrived to liberate it--these are descriptions of some of the courageous World War II correspondents who risked their lives to report on the outrage, devastation, and hope of war. What makes them especially notable is that they are all women. Penny Colman's remarkable book tells of some of the 127 women who defied the traditional gender barrier to become accredited war correspondents. Reporting on Iwo Jima, concentration camps, famous battles, and Nazi rallies, stellar writers and photographers such as Margaret Bourke-White and Clare Boothe Luce scooped many of their male colleagues, and gave the folks back home a real image of war. Breathtaking photographs, actual newspaper dispatches, and edge-of-seat descriptions of the near misses the correspondents experienced as they followed the war make this book the ultimate for girls in search of girl power inspiration. Penny Colman is the author of many award-winning titles, including Rosie the Riveter: Women Working on the Home Front in World War II
and Girls: A History of Growing Up Female in America
. (Ages 11 and older) --Emilie Coulter
From School Library Journal
Grade 7 Up-This chronological view, from the 1930s until the surrender of Germany and Japan, highlights some of the brave individuals who risked their lives to bring home fresh perspectives of World War II. In 1941, as the United States was about to enter the war, military policy prohibited women from covering combat. However, 127 of them managed to obtain official accreditation from the U.S. War Department as correspondents, finding ways to get where the action was. In Berlin, Sigrid Schultz heard gossip that Hitler consulted an astrologer and by visiting this person she got the scoop on his alliance with the Soviets. Lee Miller was a fashion photographer from Vogue whose photos of the first use of napalm in an air raid were seized. Martha Gellhorn, wife of Ernest Hemingway, reported on the fate of 1200 Jews in a concentration camp who learned they would be allowed to take a shower. The Germans pumped gas into the clean white bathrooms, Gellhorn reported, and the prisoners died in an agony we cannot know. Snippets of reporting and photographs are included from Margaret Bourke-White in Moscow, Dickey Chappelle in Iwo Jima, and many others. Black-and-white photos, reproductions of original documents, newspaper articles, and headlines add to the authoritative text that will be useful for history classes or general interest.Vicki Reutter, Cazenovia High School, NY
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