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Preview — Love My Rifle More Than You by Kayla Williams
Love My Rifle More Than You: Young And Female In The U. S. Army
“Brave, honest, and necessary.”—Nancy Pearl, NPR SeattleKayla Williams is one of the 15 percent of the U.S. Army that is female, and she is a great storyteller. With a voice that is “funny, frank and full of gritty details” (New York Daily News), she tells of enlisting under Clinton; of learning Arabic; of the sense of duty that fractured her relationships; of being surrou ...more
One thing that she absolutely captures accurately is the haphazard manner in which linguists are used by the Army. Units are not trained together in the United States and then deployed together as a well oiled team instead they are deployed in ones and twos t ...more
When I got the book I let it sit around for months which is nothing unusual for me. The only reason i even read it right now was for a reading challenge.
When I started the book I was a little unnerved. Willi ...more
Kayla tells her story of joining the Army and training as a linguist. Just about the time she came out of language school, the US went to war over weapons of mass destruction and Kayla w ...more
When she enlisted, she made a deal--th ...more
As to Kayla ...more
I don't doubt the same old macho crap will occur, as the men faced with life and death situations try and out do each other. Women will be confined to the two narrow definitions that Williams give us - Slut or Bitch. It's yet agai ...more
I have asked myself many times "why in hell would a woman want to join the military?" And speculated that she must have something to prove. And proving something, both to herself and to others, was certainly a large part of why Kayla Williams enlisted in the army. I figured!
But after reading the book, assuming that she is truthful about her roles, actions and reactions, i ...more
What I think is unfortunate here is that in person, Williams is a well-spoken, rational ...more
Williams's war memoir is just one in a string that originated from recent U.S.-led forays into the Middle East, and its uniqueness comes from its female perspective. Critics agree that Love My Rifle is no deep piece of literature. Instead, it's a shocking, on-the-ground view of one military woman's experience in Iraq. Williams spares no details about the stress of combat, the questionable treatment of Iraqi prisoners, and her scathing opinion of the U.S. administration, though she never explains...more
I am always wary of biographies, particularly when they describe conversations as I find it hard to believe they are accurate representations due to the necessary fact th ...more
Point one - real stories about the Iraq War, some of which you may not believe and be sorry you now know.
Caution one - reads like a collection of vignettes rather than one book.
Point Two - subtitled "young and female in the US Army." interesting point of view.
Caution Two - Emphasis on "young" and "army." This isn't a Wellesley College point of view, but still more liberal than you might expect.
Point Two - turns out female lieutenants ...more
I also appreciate her strength and courage, especially where discussing other women is concerned. I've had a few female friends join the military, and they've all said similar things about the differe ...more
In real-world communism, folks did as little as possible to get as much as possible. They scammed their way up the bureaucratic ladder. They said to themselves: "There is the hard way, the ri ...more
Williams served as an Arabic interpreter and in intel.
Her book describes her rural upbringing in the farmlands of the midwest and how she met her husband and his family.
Eventually, she describes what it is like to be a woman in the US Army, a society that is by-and-large very male.
It's definitely an interesting insight, but so much of the book is just a background of her life before th ...more
"It was around this time that I first heard that a female in the Army deployed in Iraq was either a bitch or a slut. that that was the choice we faced.