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When Janey Comes Marching Home Portraits of Women Combat Veterans

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  37 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Women are officially barred from combat in the American armed services, yet in today s wars, where there are no front lines, the ban on combat is virtually meaningless. More than in any previous conflict in our history, American women are engaging with the enemy, suffering injuries, and even sacrificing their lives in the line of duty.

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Audio CD, 5 pages
Published November 1st 2010 by Blackstone Audiobooks (first published May 1st 2010)
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Nov 19, 2014 Donna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This turned out to be more interesting than I thought it was going to be. This was an inward look at women who have served in the various branches of the US military.

This book contained tiny snippets from many different women. They all had a different story to tell because what they brought to the military table and what they took away from the experience varied greatly. These many women spoke conviction and complete candor on why or how they joined, what their expectations were, how it affecte
Daniel Bensen
Excellent insight into the experience of women in the modern military. There are some great voices here.
Mixing Oral history interviews with portraits of various women who served and deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, this book introduces the reader to various issues that face women who serve in our Armed Forces.

Why I picked this up: Found this book in the stacks when I was shelf reading.

Why I finished it: This short book allows you a glimpse into the life of a female deployed soldier.

It drove me nuts that there wasn't an index in the back with the page number of everyone's portrait. The authors spl
Sep 30, 2014 Alli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read through this as part of my research for a grad school project. However, had I known about it earlier, I would have read it sooner. As a former Naval officer who spent her time split between serving onboard ship and serving at a shore command, the lives of many of these women were just not something I was in a position to truly understand. I am glad to see that books like this are out there, letting people know and see that the impacts of war and military service on women are just as importa ...more
Becki Iverson
Apr 04, 2016 Becki Iverson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent book about women in a "non-traditional" field. The stories told in this book are SO important to share, for multiple reasons: to show what women can contribute in the world of combat, to show that women have a wide range of opinions between them, for the humanity women bring to such a stark environment, to demonstrate the strength women are capable of, and to elucidate reasons to think more carefully before we go to war. As in any industry, employing an increasing number of wom ...more
Jul 26, 2012 Rob rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although it was a bit hard to keep track of each speaker on audio (some of the readers sounded similar), the content was often interesting if a bit repetitive. It's not a subject I know much about, but still there were some surprising stories. What sticks with me most is how hard it is to adjust to civilian life after combat deployment. One woman explains her frustration at civilians by wondering "why aren't they moving faster? Don't they know there's a war on?". Something like that. The variety ...more
Diane Paoni
Sep 27, 2010 Diane Paoni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Did you know their are women platoon leaders who've lead in combat in Iraq and Afganistan? Me neither. The book comes out of a photography exhibit of women in the US military who have served mostly in Iraq and Afganistan, though some have been in long enough to have served in Korsovo. Each chapter has the excerpts from women on a particular topic like why they joined (sometimes patriotism, sometimes because they needed to turn their lives around), motherhood, coming home from a war zone, etc. Th ...more
Elliot Little
Jul 05, 2016 Elliot Little rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't completely sure of the format of the book (felt a little disjointed), but I really enjoyed the stories and perspectives. This is such an important topic and I wish this would get more attention.
Mar 14, 2011 Bethany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book-- listened to it as an audiobook, so I was slightly thrown off a couple of times when a few of the interviews were used more than once, but that would be my only reason for not giving it the 5 stars. Wonderfully fresh new point of view-- I'd love to hear/see more books like this!
I recommend these interviews with women who serve in the armed forces and were deployed in Iraq/Kuwait/Afghanistan. Not in depth analysis or philosophizing, but insight into daily life, their combat experiences, and how they view themselves as soldiers. The portraits add a lot too.
Coyner Kelley
Jun 02, 2012 Coyner Kelley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I give this high marks because of its subject. The format-- a coffee table book-- can be awkward -- but it is terrific for social reading by friends and kids.
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