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Women at War: The Story of Fifty Military Nurses Who Served in Vietnam (Studies in Health, Illness, and Caregiving) Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-0812213171 ISBN-10: 0812213173 Edition: First Edition

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  • Series: Studies in Health, Illness, and Caregiving
  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press; First Edition edition (August 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812213173
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812213171
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is a powerful story about some of nursing's finest contributions. The profession is indebted to this author for her persistence and sensitivity in capturing this important piece of history."—American Journal of Nursing

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By Elizabeth Norman

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Elizabeth M. Norman is the daughter of two World War II veterans. Her father served with the U.S. Army in Europe in 1944; her mother was in uniform with the U.S. Coast Guard. Elizabeth began her professional career as a registered nurse before turning to the study of history and writing. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Rutgers University. She earned her graduate and doctoral degrees from New York University, then joined the tenured faculty there in 1998. She currently is a professor in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Development and Education where she teaches history, writing and research design in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences. She is married to Michael Norman, has two grown sons, Joshua and Benjamin, a daughter-in-law, Rachel, and a granddaughter, Florence. For many years she has lived in Montclair N. J.
In 1990, Elizabeth published her first book, Women at War: The Story of Fifty Military Nurses Who Served in Vietnam 1965-1973, (University of Pennsylvania Press). The first edition of We Band of Angels was published in 1999. Ten years later, she co-authored Tears in the Darkness: The Story of the Bataan Death March and Its Aftermath (Picador and Farrar Straus & Giroux) which made The New York Times list of top ten nonfiction books in 2009 and was named a 2010 Dayton Literary Peace Prize finalist. Her awards include an official commendation for her research on women veterans from the U.S. Department of the Army.
She is delighted to have the opportunity to update the story of the remarkable group of women in We Band of Angels: The Untold Story of American Women Trapped on Bataan by the Japanese (2013) Random House paperback and ebook. This 2nd edition has been updated with a new ending titled, Last Woman Standing.

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Jacqueline Johnson on July 4, 1999
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This compilation is a strong, touching insight to the pre, intra, and post nursing experiences of some of our country's finest military nurses. I can feel the excitement, the danger, the hopelessness, and the tragedy of the time. I feel almost guilty that I was in junior and senior high school during this war, that I wasn't able to be there to try to keep our guys alive and well. This is a book for ALL nurses, especially for the ones who are getting a little burned and/or jaded. Our bad days at work are miniscule in comparison.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 31, 2001
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After reading a number of books regarding women who served in the Vietnam War, I was anxious to read this book as well. I expected more personal stories, perhaps a synopsis of the interviews of each of the 50 nurses studied. And the word "studied" is where my main problem with the book lies. It's written like a research paper or dissertation...I was unable to connect with any of the women on a personal or emotional level. I found myself paging ahead, hoping it would get interesting, but unfortunately, it never did. I much prefered "Women in Vietnam" by Ron Steinman or "A Piece of My Heart".
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Catherine B. Flores on June 15, 2000
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Being a veteran of the Navy Hospital Corps during the Viet Nam Era, I couldn't wait to read this account of the Viet Nam Conflict from the perspective of the nurses who served. I have had the honor to work with many nurse veterans over the years, and often marveled at the stories they had to tell. This book presents these stories in a format that holds the reader's interest. To me, the most enlightening section of the book was in the conclusion. The nurses were given an opportunity to reflect on their experiences and asked: knowing what they know now; would they go through the experience again? The second question they were asked: what advise would they give to young nurses who were going off to war? This is a wonderful book for nursing students as it gives an illustration of the values and heritage of nursing as well as a description of how nurses cope when under extreme stress. Nurse veterans will appreciate the photography and the anecdotes of how time away from the hospital units were spent. I highly recommend this book, as well as Dr. Norman's other book, "We Band of Angels".
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 23, 1998
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i had to put the book down on several occasions. it magnified the horrors of war to a point where despair and despiration,filled my soul.There is one line which sums the entire feeling of book "you reach out to someone and then they are lost". a remarkable documentation which makes vietnam, whether it be a hospital or a battleground look like a gateway to a graveyard.
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