Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War - Helen Thorpe

Thorpe is a meticulous reporter who spent years interviewing three women who signed up for the Indiana National Guard before 9/11 only to find that their lives would be forever changed, and not always for the better, by the service they gave. Thorpe had access not only to her subjects and their families, friends, and colleagues, but also to emails, therapists’ notes, and other personal documents. The book explores and illuminates the realities of a volunteer military asked to wage war in far-off and challenging lands. Thorpe has given us a fascinating – and essential – look at the human costs of America’s war on terror.

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$19.99
ISBN: 9781451668117
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Published: Scribner - July 7th, 2015

Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War - Helen Thorpe

Soldier Girls (Simon & Schuster, $28), Helen Thorpe’s meticulously reported book about three women who join the Indiana National Guard in the decade before 9/11, brilliantly illuminates the human costs of America’s forays into far-off wars. Through her subjects, Thorpe, also the author of Just Like Us, explores the realities of a volunteer military, the modern role of the National Guard, and most importantly, what America’s most recent engagements in Afghanistan and Iraq have meant to the lives of women who, in growing numbers, are being deployed to help wage America’s war on terror. Thorpe interviewed her subjects over several years and had access to a trove of personal documents, from emails to therapists’ notes. Soldier Girls is a journalistic tour de force.

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$19.99
ISBN: 9781451668117
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Published: Scribner - July 7th, 2015

Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War - Max Hastings

In Catastrophe 1914 (Vintage, $17.95), Max Hastings once again proves why he is such a lauded historian. In his latest military-political study, the author of Inferno, Winston’s War, and many others, looks at the opening events of the First World War through the strange dichotomy of great human folly coupled with noble intentions. Far from seeing the conflict as a waste, Hastings paints a picture of Europe struggling on the very edge of losing its identity and freedom; his vivid evocations of battle on both the Western and Eastern fronts follow the many generals, soldiers, and politicians maneuvering both on and behind the scenes. This book details just one year of the war and yet illuminates more about Europe in the first part of the twentieth century than tomes twice its size. Whether or not Hastings convinces you that the war was absolutely necessary, you can’t help but be engaged by his argument, his evidence, and his narrative; this stimulating book will broaden your understanding of the Great War.

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$21.00
ISBN: 9780307743831
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Published: Vintage - May 13th, 2014

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