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Band of Sisters: American Women at War in Iraq Paperback – August 25, 2008
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If you want to know what it's really like over there (and take it from me!), read Band of Sisters.
OK, I wasn't really there - I was in Afghanistan instead but I still could identify with all but the fliers in this book. The weather was the same, the jobs are the same, women soldiers 'inspected' the Iraqi/Afghanistan women because the US military men were not permitted to, etc.
The language and words used were simple, curt and to the point - just like in the military. Very few compound sentences and even fewer complex sentences. You really felt as if you were there. Black and white. (Actually, beige, but, I digress.)
The chapters were well-written to keep you in suspense even though you knew how each chapter would end. If you read the last few paragraphs of a chapter like I did, you still will be riveted by the story from the beginning.
One thing did strike me, though. Each woman had something to prove and I have not found that to be so in my 25 years in the military, even being deployed.
The cover photo of Marines shows exactly what the sand was like. I now know how to explain it to friends - I'll show them this book. (Someone once told me to say it was like moon dust, but since I have never been on the moon and neither have my friends and family in the States, I didn't like that analogy. I used 'powdered sugar' instead.)
I actually thought the author had served in the 'sandbox,' it was all so real. However, I believe her MA was in creative non-fiction (now, what is that?) She obviously has a world of respect for military women.Read more ›
This is an awe-inspiring collection of personal stories that needed to be told about our brave Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines. The fact that they are the first women to serve in combat support and direct combat roles is of great historic significance and I found the book riveting and hard to put down. A MUST read!
These military members are true heroes who just happen to women. Makes me proud to be an American!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a great read!! It is written well, flows and is an easy read. They went to Iraq to do a job and did it well. These women did not want to be singled as women. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Kathryn Maxwell
I AM a woman veteran but did not serve in Iraq. However, a short review of the book and I was aware of how well it was written and how critically important it was to give the book... Read morePublished 28 days ago by Raven Q
I am retired military. I feel a strong sense of kinship with these ladies even though I served during peacetime. Kirsten captures these ladies experiences with grace and dignity. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Laurie Senese
A true classic in the field of gender integrated military operations. Highly recommended.Published 2 months ago by C.G. Wells
Honest stories of how women fight war the same as the men at their side.Published 4 months ago by laura
Interesting, but told in the third person. The author was never "in country." So there was a certain flatness to the narrative.Published 4 months ago by Norman Smith
Not all of us could face what these women did while serving our country. And, we must thank them for their service!Published 4 months ago by Donna M. Dressler