The Girls Come Marching Home: Stories of Women Warriors Returning from the War in Iraq Kindle Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0811705165
ISBN-10: 0811705161
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A sought-after speaker on women in the military and a respected advocate for their cause, Kirsten Holmstedt has testified before Congress and appeared on PBS's NewsHour, BBC's The World, and C-SPAN, as well as local TV and radio programs across the country. Her previous book, Band of Sisters (978-0-8117-3566-7), received the American Authors Association's Golden Quill Award and the Military Writers Society of America's Founder's Award. Holmstedt lives in Wilmington, North Carolina.

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  • File Size: 5994 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books; 1 edition (June 23, 2009)
  • Publication Date: February 11, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002USBFUE
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By Krykie VINE VOICE on April 9, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Having served in Iraq as a female military member, I cringed when I read this book. After I cringed, I was annoyed. After I was annoyed, I wondered, "Hmmm, did the author get on Oprah like she so very much intended?"

Far from giving an account of how women were "warriors" in Iraq, the author presents the women as weak, victimized, traumatized, and unable to function as well as their male counterparts. I suppose the intent is for us to feel sorry for these "girls", note their vulnerability and pity them for their drama.

Though I don't mean to downplay the negative effects that hanging out in a combat zone can have on anyone, regardless of gender, the author did an incredible disservice to women. The word "girls" in the title should be the first hint at how the author views these soldiers, Marines, airmen and sailors: As little girls for whom we should feel sad.

The women I know from Iraq -- warriors -- groan that this book perpetuates an image of weak overly sensitive nurturing women scarred by combat.

Next book -- though I hope there isn't one -- it might be nice if the author at least gives the subjects the title of "women" instead of girls, and relates what makes them "warriors" instead of victims to be pitied.

This is an unfortuante book that is not an accurate cross-section or sample of women who served in Iraq.

Not recommended.
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I happened to receive a copy of this book "fresh off the press" almost 48 hours ago. This is an outstanding book! It tells the stories of a dozen or more women serving in the U.S. military and what their experience was of coming home from war.

A few of the stories recount transitions that, relative to most of the stories, were triumphantly smooth. Most of the stories, though, tell of pain, sadness, frustration and obstacles of many kinds that complicate the process of adjusting to life outside the combat zone. I was educated about and astounded by how difficult it is for a vet to get medical attention. I had no idea how gruelling was the process of shifting one's identity from first sergeant to full-time mother.

Even those stories, however, end on notes that are to various degrees uplifting. The never-say-die spirit that the women in this book display triumphs in the end in almost all cases.

I read and enjoyed author Kirsten Holmstedt's "Band of Sisters." This is a perfect hand-in-glove partner to that book. I can imagine the two books sold as a set, in a nice slipcase! I encountered a few passages in "Marching Home" that need a bit more precision in description or narration. But apart from those moments, the writing is clean, cogent and coherent.

In "Marching Home," Ms. Holmstedt does a superb job of differentiating these soldiers, Marines, sailors, "Coasties" and USAF specialists from one another--both in terms of military duties and wartime experiences, the different cultures of their branches of service, and most of all, their personalities. One can keep the people and the stories straight from one another--they do not seem like one story repeated a dozen times.
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I was looking forward to reading the book, but I was disappointed on two counts.
First of all, it was so depressing that I found I had to keep "putting it down."
I couldn't "live" with the women for any length of time.
Book should have included a "balance" between "no potentially happy ending" stories and those of "potential success." (Out of all the stories (18, I believe), only two qualified)

As a teacher of composition, I wanted help the author do some heavy editing. It might have helped if the author had used the 1st person to tell the story---even though the impact on the reader would have been more painful. The author had good intentions, but the writing was poor.

I'm sorry, but I am not recommending the book to friends.
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The author did an excellent job in relating how war affects the new participant on the field of battle, the woman soldier. It is not only the IED's that cause casualties and these warriors tell of the stress, wounds, treatment and adjustment in a military governed by the politically correct who do not have a clue what is occurring "outside the wire". I would guess that 99 percent of our citizens will never understand what the combat veterans see 24/7 in a battle zone. Whether you are in a convoy attacked by the enemy, IED's or a victim of friendly fire you never ever forget that the blob of human flesh and blood splattered all over you was only seconds earlier your closest friend in the hell hole known as the "Sandbox". Carnage is everywhere because in war you have two objectives, to kill people and break things.
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The Girls Come Marching Home: Stories of Women Warriors Returning from the War in Iraq

"For those who have fought for it, freedom has a taste and price the protected will never know."
From the first page of Kirsten Holmstedt's book, I am reminded again why I've never been a fan of fiction. When the Girls Come Marching Home, Ms. Homstedt's latest release, shares compelling stories of real women as they battle for their country, their comrades, and then for their own restoration. Gut wrenching, thrilling, and true.
As a peacetime Marine veteran married to a Marine veteran, I am quick to connect sacrifice to freedom, but these accounts recharged my appreciation for and resolve to protect the interests of our nation's returning veterans. Kirsten's vivid accounts draw us out from our lives of ease into a world only poorly depicted in the news accounts of our day. This book is required reading for the rest of us. Semper Fi and God Speed to our veterans and to the author.
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