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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  ·  Rating Details ·  200 Ratings  ·  32 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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Dorinda Balchin
Sep 18, 2015 Dorinda Balchin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘The Women Who Wrote The War’ is an amazing book. Ms Sorel has carried out some incredibly detailed research to bring us the stories of the women correspondents who reported the Second World War from the front line. These were pioneering women who were willing to risk everything to work in what was, essentially, a man’s world. The book shows their strengths and vulnerabilities, their compassion and sensitivity, their search for the truth. It was not easy for a woman to report during the war, oft ...more
Dec 29, 2007 Shelley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
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
Mar 26, 2015 cameron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 06, 2010 Esther rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 30, 2013 Jbondandrews rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 23, 2012 Suzanne Moore rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, war
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
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
Aug 04, 2012 Robyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Exceptional | I started reading this in August of 2012, but was in the middle of a move from CA to ID and was reading a lot of other things at the same time, so wasn't moving too quickly through it, though I was very impressed by it. A few months later, during the move from ID to MT, the book fell open and the bookmark fell out. I could not for the life of me find my place again, and moved on to other books. Finally, March 28th, 2016, I picked it back up and just started again from page one. | T ...more
Mar 17, 2012 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, history
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
Jan 06, 2013 Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eye opening and informative. I had no idea so many women were war correspondents during WWII. And I don’t mean sitting at a desk in D.C. or New York and typing up dispatches for print. I mean women who were trudging across the sands at Normandy, crossing into liberated Paris with tired but triumphant troops, and sneaking out of the Pacific mere steps ahead of the invading Japanese. Despite gender bias and military rules that tried to keep them out of combat zones, these brave pioneers let nothin ...more
Jim Puskas
An exhaustively researched and detailed account of the role played by women war correspondents during WW2. Absorbing and readable throughout, the book highlights not just what those women did but who they were as individuals, how they got there and why they did it.
There are far too many individual stories to mention here but a couple that stood out for me are Pat Lochridge's account of the tide of wounded marines being gathered up and taken to hospital during the assault on Iwo Jima; and the acc
May 28, 2013 Denise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Apr 09, 2009 Colleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 07, 2013 Yasmin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Apr 28, 2015 Valerie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great read! Women reporters with some great stories to tell. I originally listened to it on Audible but I liked it so well I bought the book! Great insights and information about what was going on before and during World War 2 in Europe plus how hard it was for women to try to break into reporting during this time.
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.
Oct 11, 2012 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 15, 2014 Erika rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 10, 2014 Joanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incredible courage.
Feb 06, 2015 Pamela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you are interested in a different perspective of WWII, this non-fiction book delivers. Great book!
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.
Mar 05, 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.
Oct 24, 2010 Jodie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dec 07, 2015 Johanna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Eh. Might be a bit harsh; it wasn't baaaad. it was just...kinda uninteresting and disjointed. It skipped around too much to be invested in any specific character or storyline.
Nov 06, 2016 Christine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating women. I'm not sure I would have been friends with any of them had I met them at the time but I am grateful to them for breaking down barriers for generations to come.
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