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Undaunted: The Real Story of America's Servicewomen in Today's Military Hardcover – February 5, 2013
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“[Biank] follows the military career of four women currently playing a vital role in today’s integrated armed forces.… An eye-opening account of a military in transition.”
“UNDAUNTED contains fascinating multiple portraits of the real-life experiences of women in the military, from young enlisted women to a seasoned and celebrated general. Tanya Biank explores these lives with inside knowledge, compassion and wit.”
—Amy Dickinson, Ask Amy columnist and author of The Mighty Queens of Freeville
“To many traditional men, especially those who have known the rigors of military service, the question often is, why would women want to take on this challenging life? By the end of Tanya Biank’s fine book, UNDAUNTED, the answer is clear: because they want to do it, and they can do it.” —Joseph E. Persico, author of Roosevelt’s Centurions
“UNDAUNTED expertly captures the struggle women face in the rapidly changing 21st century military. If you have ever wondered what it takes for women service members to ‘be all they can be,’ you must read this book.”
—Siobhan Fallon, author You Know When the Men Are Gone
“Whether withering under a Marine Drill Instructor’s ‘blasting,’ jumping out of a C-17 with Army Airborne, planning operations along the Afghanistan border, or negotiating the political minefields of being a one-star general, Biank makes the reader feel you are there with four extraordinary, yet very human women who have chosen the profession of arms.”
—Jeff Melvoin, Executive Producer of Army Wives
“UNDAUNTED is truly riveting. The stories remind us that while our service members gracefully bear the burden of protecting our liberties, they sometimes do so at great personal cost.”
—Sue Hoppin, Founder and President of the National Military Spouse Network
“Tanya Biank’s UNDAUNTED is a fascinating, eye-opening account of the women in uniform who put their lives on the line every day for the sake of their nation.”
—W. E. B. Griffin, author of Black Ops
About the Author
Tanya Biank is an author and a journalist. Her book, Army Wives, is the basis for Lifetime’s hit series, Army Wives, and she serves as a consultant to the show. Tanya is the daughter, sister, and wife of Army colonels, and during her days as a newspaper reporter she traveled around the world with troops. Her coverage of the Fort Bragg Army wife murders in 2002 led to congressional inquiries and changes in Army policy. Her work has appeared in a number of publications, including The New York Times.
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I was concerned it was going to play to stereotypes that men resent women in the service. While there are always some of those, especially where women are moving into new jobs like fighter pilots or when they first entered the Academies in '76, they are very rare now in my experience. Two things change that for the better. Time and competence. Over time things change where people are more accepting. Gays in the service are a good example. Women in more military jobs is another. Competence: military members, vast majority, but not all, want a competent. well-trained, motivated professional serving next to them, regardless of gender. Recent wars have placed women into combat and they seem to have done very well. I do agree we are not where we would like to be with women's equality society wide but progress has definitely been made.
I would have liked the book also to report on an USAF woman and a USCG woman. The services all have different cultures so that would have been interesting.
look foward to ready more from the author!
I read Under the sabers by Tanya Biank, a few years ago. So I felt this was a good follow up. It was - in one way or the other I could feel connected to the women in the book. I have had many on the same thoughts and same experiences. I recommend this book, just for the reason that Tanya Biank is a great writer - she puts you in the shoes of the people she writes about.
I hope there is more to come.