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Rare as gold is the modern military study that can combine deft cultural insight (into both our own society and those in which our troops are operating) with institutional analysis of the first scholarly order; but Erin Solaro has achieved just that. Women in the Line of Fire is a compelling, masterly work that will infuriate the guardians of traditional thinking by using even more ancient wisdom, along with the best kind of contemporary vision, to make the intellectual case that is already being made in battles all over the world by America's woman warriors.
--Caleb Carr, author of The Lessons of Terror: A History of Warfare Against Civilians
Women in the Line of Fire is a brave and original contribution that will attain landmark status. This carefully researched and reasoned work will--or should--inspire a national debate among serious American feminists, both women and men, among civilian patriots, government leaders, and among all those who serve in the armed forces. Solaro takes no prisoners as she presents her case--and her case is nuanced, comprehensive, and well argued. She is not in favor of lowering military standards so that women may serve. ... [But she also] views service in the military as a "civic" obligation, both for women and men...[and] explains that new generations of men and women who are serving together accept and depend upon each other. They are capable of friendship and mutual respect and may constitute a new kind of armed force. This book is essential reading for our times.
--Phyllis Chesler PhD, author of Women and Madness and The Death of Feminism: What's Next in the Struggle for Women's Freedom
Erin Solaro has written a taut, engrossing book. Part personal odyssey, extensively researched, she convincingly argues that women not only deserve full participation in the American experiment, but that they have proven their right to bear arms in defense of the Republic alongside their brother soldiers. While the Services have foot-dragged and Congress has prevaricated, women in uniform have been quietly stepping into combat roles according to the demands of the battlefield; rather than threatening the cohesion of formerly all-male units, sister soldiers have become teammates and comrades. Solaro's argument for "civic feminism" is exquisitely made and should become the battle cry for both men and women dedicated to the fullest meaning of American democracy.
--Bob Killebrew, Colonel, US Army retired, author and defense consultant
In her book, Erin Solaro makes a compelling case for dropping all the remaining restrictions on women in the military. She demonstrates convincingly why it is the right thing to do from a national security perspective as well as a moral and cultural perspective. A must read for anyone interested in the future effectiveness of the all-volunteer military.
--Lawrence Korb, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
I do not subscribe to the sweeping recommendations of this study and I do not agree with the characterization of the Army hierarchy as a monolithic bloc of opposition to the integration of women in the Army or in combat. Nevertheless, this is an important work, comprehensive, well-organized and compelling, with a wealth of information that will be invaluable to personnel managers and leaders of our armed forces.
--Frederick Kroesen, General, US Army retired
A triumphant work on behalf of all women in the U.S. military who contribute in an ever-increasing role in the defense of our nation. Women are on the front lines, in the cockpits and at times leading men in combat. Erin Solaro convincingly tells their fight for equality and recognition in the face of hypocritical opposition from the cultural right.
--Quang X. Pham, former Marine officer and author of A Sense of Duty: My Father, My American Journey
Americans should be so proud of the young lionesses guarding their freedoms. Women in the Line of Fire tells their story and the courage they bring to their jobs.
--Patricia Schroeder, AAP President and CEO and former Member of Congress
Erin Solaro carefully destroys one by one many of the long standing shibboleths erected to exclude women from serving in combat arms...The military world is changing at a rapid rate as Erin points out, but as a Combat Infantry Soldier in two wars, I simply cannot change with it. Combat is killing. And I firmly believe that women are better at giving life than taking it. Having said that, I could not be more proud of the fact that two of my granddaughters decided to serve their Country as soldiers "in the line of fire."... As for me, I would be more comfortable if the American people decided that the law excluding women from serving in combat arms be changed and that the Draft be re-instituted to ensure sufficient numbers of Soldiers for continuing the Global War on Terrorism.
--Volney F. Warner, General, US Army, retired, USMA '50 and patriarch of a military family that includes First Lieutenant Laura Walker, USMA '03, killed in action in Afghanistan
The Meritorious Idea of "Civic Feminism"
I am giving this book five stars, but not strictly for the argument it makes in favor of integrating women totally into combat... Read more
This short book does not do justice to the extremely complicated issue of women and their potential role as frontline combat soldiers. Read morePublished on February 7, 2011 by frygga
This important topic deserves better.
Disappointing. Reads more like a 371 page op-ed piece than the factual, insightful treatise I expected. Read more
Good book on womens roll in military history. Book arrived sooner then expected and was well packaged. Book in very good condition. Recommend the book and seller.Published on July 11, 2010 by Linda M. Dancker
I was really hoping to enjoy this book. As a disabled combat veteran (female) who served in Iraq for the first year of the war, I've experienced firsthand the tribulations and... Read morePublished on February 24, 2010 by A Soldier
I was thoroughly intrigued with the book "Women in the Line of Fire." It
made me think hard about my experience and how it fit into the grand
scheme. Read more
I really enjoyed reading this book. I recommend it to everyone. I did not go to the Middle East so I like to keep informed about what is happening with the troops over there and... Read morePublished on December 13, 2009 by Terry Jackson
Women in the Line of Fire is as much a political as a military book. This isn't meant to be derogatory, it's just a statement of fact. Read morePublished on January 4, 2009 by Burke G. Sheppard
This seems to be an example of the conclusion being written before any research was undertaken.Published on April 3, 2007 by R.B.