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The Women Who Wrote the War: The Compelling Story of the Path-breaking Women War Correspondents of World War II

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  159 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Here’s how a hundred brave American women left their families and entered the combat-zone to chronicle what they saw. Nancy Sorel’s portrait pays homage to these unsung heroes. They came from Boston, New York, Milwaukee, and St. Louis; from Yakima, Washington; Austin, Texas; and Sioux City, Iowa; from San Francisco and all points east. They left comfortable homes and safe ...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published May 15th 2011 by Arcade Publishing (first published 1999)
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cameron
I saw this recently and remembered I had read it already. That happens with increasing frequency.
Certainly worth the read. Most of it I didn't know and that's always exciting. Daring, courageous and talented women who were determined to get in the thick of it, frequently without permission from editors or publishers. I'll be looking for more about them.
The prose is so-so which is why I gave it a 4.
Certainly worth the read though.
Shelley
This was just fascinating. It took us from before the war, about 1935, though the end, introducing the correspondents as they entered into the war. Some were most prevalent before, others through the entire thing, a few came in after D-Day. They were some amazing women who did such fantastic things. I know a lot about the war in Europe, but this delved wonderfully into the Pacific theater, as well. I also liked how it showed both their professional lives and everything covering a war required, a ...more
Esther
Unbelievable. A must-read, especially if you're like me and obsessed with oral histories. Is this weird? It really made me proud to be a woman. Usually I'm just rooting for whoever is awesome and relatable, but here, I was actually like, "Rock on, ladies!" Now, where I can read all their published works? Because the excerpts were gorgeous and moving and engaging and, obviously, quite enticing.
Jbondandrews
I enjoyed reading this book. It was an extraordinary achievement for these women. Though I would have preferred it if the author had not jumped from one person to the next with almost every successive paragraph. It would have been more enjoyable had she stuck with one person longer before switching.
Suzanne Moore
I was very interested in this topic after previously watching the movie Hemingway and Gelhorn, starring Nicole Kidman and Clive Owen. Margaret Gelhorn was one of the brave and determined women journalists mentioned in this book, along with other notables Lee Miller and Dickey Chappelle. The job of war correspondent during WWII seemed a glamorous occupation for women despite the dangers and hard times. Of course they faced discrimination because of their sex, but this was useful in obtaining conf ...more
Lisa
Women Who Wrote The War is the story of female journalists covering World War II. Despite numerous roadblocks thrown in their way to hobble them, those ballsy women still found a way to do their jobs, and do them well. They used many creative ways to get around the ridiculous rules imposed on them by the brass- way above and beyond the restrictions on male reporters- finding their way to the real war to get the real stories, not just the fluff pieces. Some of them liked it so much they made it a ...more
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
This book bogged down slightly in the one (late war) Pacific theater chapter. I'm not sure why that was. It picked up after that, when the focus went back to the European theater. (In case anyone reading this is unaware "theater" in this context means "area of military operations.") Of course, it also became difficult to read for other reasons, namely that these later chapters are the ones where the reporters and Allied military personnel are seeing the labor and death camps, but also because t ...more
Denise
This book is a non-fiction account of various women war correspondents prior to, during, and immediately following World War 2. There experiences were amazing and inspiring. They struggled to fight their way into jobs that were normally filled by men only. I learned that it was no easy task to get an assignment to cover any part of the war because of their gender. I also learned a great deal about the time period and both the European and Pacific fronts of the war. The fact that the author was a ...more
Nancy
This book is important in that it reveals the independence and bravery of a group of women, most of whom I’d never heard of before. It was difficult to read because it covered so many different people, tied together only by their occupations and the war. A single biography of one of these women would have been more readable. Sorel tells us little of their personal lives.
By page 25 I was bored. The author skips from one journalist to another and only briefly describes them. She doesn’t delve in
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Erika
Sorel compelling weaves the stories of numerous pioneering female journalists and photojournalists into one remarkable novel. Do not let the fact that this is an easy read lead you to conlcude that it is not a worthwhile read.
Colleen
An absolutely fascinating book and I didn't want it to end. Journalism was a path I should have taken in life and didn't. So this is a subject that was very interesting to me. Most of these women who reported on war devoted their lives to it, at the expense of marriage and children. They had incredible drive and wouldn't take no for an answer. I couldn't believe the dangers they faced. Back then, I thought reporters stayed behind the front, getting their stories from the men who had seen battle. ...more
Yasmin
A very interesting book about a few women who went to war as reporters, many on the front lines. Sadly many of these women experienced censorship and some times the reports sent in were ignored and a different report was printed under their name that they had no prior knowledge of. These were strong, determined and courageous women. The sights they saw, the things they experienced were often up close and personal as any solider. They all took numerous risks of their lives and the few photographs ...more
Pamela
If you are interested in a different perspective of WWII, this non-fiction book delivers. Great book!
Lisa of Hopewell
A few minor historical inaccuracies that in no way affect the story of the women correspondents. Otherwise interesting book.

Happily, this got much better. Some stupid things said--especially about the Japanese internment. And one "fact" that I think isn't a fact, but the stories of the women are very interesting.

It's a bit more interesting now--I'm up to chapter 5.

Not as interesting as I'd hoped--at least to start out with. I'll keep at it another night or two before choosing to toss or keep it
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Joanne
Incredible courage.
victor harris
An important story that explores still another neglected topic in the war, unfortunately the delivery is rather bland. The scenes where the reporters were actually involved at and near the battle lines brings a boost in vitality, but overall the matter of fact manner makes the reading rather plodding.
Amy
This is an excellent book for anyone who is interested in women's roles in WWII. Also, for anyone who is interested in biographies about women. I loved this book. It provides a very different perspective of the War.
Jodie
True accounts of some extraordinary women and how they captured what was going on during WWII. I liked the way the book was formatted where it went from one woman to another. Very interesting read.
haley
Normally journalism bores me, but this book is fascinating because these women were seriously bad-asses documenting the various locales of war in the 1930-1940's.
Abby
Mar 22, 2010 Abby marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didn-t-finish
After the first few chapters, it lost my interest. Maybe I will finish this one in the future.
Robyn
Reading slowly because I'm in the middle of so many other books at the same time. Ex-library copy.
Judy Mccourt
Non-fiction book about women journalists who covered World War II.
Emily
Apr 20, 2011 Emily marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wwii
This was listed in the bibliography of the Postmistress.
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