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War Torn: Stories of War from the Women Reporters who Covered Vietnam

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For the first time, nine women who made journalism history talk candidly about their professional and deeply personal experiences as young reporters who lived, worked, and loved surrounded by war. Their stories span a decade of America’s involvement in Vietnam, from the earliest days of the conflict until the last U.S. helicopters left Saigon in 1975.

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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published August 20th 2002 by Random House (first published January 1st 2002)
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Apr 15, 2011 Catherine rated it it was amazing
I don't think I could have written Yesterday's Tomorrow without reading this book. Before I read War Torn, I had very little idea what it must have been like for a female journalist in Vietnam. Each of the stories within this amazing book hold profound truths that will sink deep into your soul and not let go. I'm profoundly indebted to these courageous women for sharing their stories with the world. I was educated, inspired and changed by their experiences. For anyone with any interest in ...more
Nancy Kennedy
May 19, 2014 Nancy Kennedy rated it it was amazing
This book is a collection of ten first-person essays from women who worked as correspondents during the Vietnam War. Their tenures range from the beginning years of the war to the fall of Saigon and release of POWs. Some women were seasoned journalists before gaining their assignments (and most had to wrest their jobs from editors reluctant to send women to war) while others learned their craft on the ground.

Through these essays, you'll experience the war in ways you probably could not from male
Oct 14, 2010 Ardene rated it really liked it
It’s only in the last few years that I’ve begun to actually read a few books that discuss the war in Vietnam, but not in any systematic fashion. I read War Torn: Stories of war from the women who reported them based on a recommendation and it was a fascinating and satisfying read. Each chapter is a narrative by a different woman who reported on Vietnam from in country, so a variety of perspectives are represented.

What struck me about these narratives was how at one and the same time these women
Apr 14, 2013 Phyllis rated it really liked it
Each personal essay in this book brought me back to the sixties and early seventies when the Vietnam War was raging and the US was caught up in it unable to move forward; the country was polarized and not communicating except in rhetoric and stereotypes: politician against citizen; soldier against civilian; hawk against dove; student against elder; and hippie against worker. These women reporters went to Vietnam to report the facts as best they could, despite the common view that women should ...more
Elizabeth Evans
Sep 13, 2007 Elizabeth Evans rated it it was amazing
When we were living in Manila in the 70's, my family was good friends with a UPI correspondent, Leon Daniel, who was a phenomenal journalist during the Vietnam War. He regaled us with stories from the front, as well as his banishment from Thailand as "persona non grata". His wife became a very close friend of my mom. At one point, one of the women in this book, Kate Webb, was living in Manila as well. She was at our house many times (my parents entertained a lot!) It was fascinating to read of ...more
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Jul 16, 2009 Kevin Kormylo rated it it was amazing
This is the book I have always been looking for about the Vietnam War. Short on details about military moves and political power struggles it rather depicts the surreal, haunting, grinding and sometimes romantic landscape that was Saigon and Southeast Asia during the war. Some of these stories are just being told by women journalists after 35 years of silence. Reading this book makes me visualize war scenes more vivid then anything in Apocalypse Now (like the Zippo brigade burning all hay stacks ...more
Jul 31, 2007 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in the history of Vietnam
A collection of memoirs and accounts of the Vietnam War by female reporters. While on holiday in Vietnam last September we met one of the authors Denby Fawcett, who is now in her 60's and was on holiday there (she's the one on the front of the book). I read it mainly because it was by her and I was intrigued to find out more about her time and experiences there. It was very informative book with some touching moments and gave me some understanding of the horrors of the things that happened there ...more
Mar 08, 2008 Kim rated it it was amazing
Shelves: war, memoirs
One of two books I read during a summer vacation at the beach (the other was "Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam"). I enjoyed this book because most books about war are told from the male point of view. As a woman and a reporter, it gave me a different understanding of Vietnam. Very compelling read.
Katy Brandes
Aug 09, 2011 Katy Brandes rated it liked it
I remember one particular story as heart-wrenching but mesmerizing as well. The courage of this woman was incredible, and it amazing to imagine having lived her story. I'm glad I read this book. These personal stories were so interesting.
Oct 10, 2009 Mickie rated it it was amazing
A compelling collection of memoirs from women journalists sent to cover the Vietnam War. This and Telex from Cuba were among my favorite reads in 2008.
Jun 30, 2012 Ruth rated it really liked it
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The stories of the women journalists whom were in Vietnam show us their true colors and how human they were during one of the darkest times in U.S. history. I loved reading this book.
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May 15, 2015 Renee Garris rated it it was amazing
A must read for anyone who wants to understand the Vietnam War from different perspectives. This is a collection of stories from women who reported on the war.
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