Kathryn J. Atwood

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Kathryn J. Atwood has written multiple young adult collective biographies on women and war for the Chicago Review Press. She has been seen on America: Facts vs. Fiction; heard on BBC America; published in the Historian and War, Literature & the Arts; and featured as a guest speaker at the Harold Washington Library in Chicago, the First Division Museum at Cantigny Park, and the Atlanta History Center.

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My Memorial Day remarks re. the Vietnam War Military Nurse

The Vietnam Women’s Memorial page states that nearly 11,000 American military women served in Vietnam. Some were physicians, physical therapists, air traffic controllers, secretaries, or they worked in military intelligence, but ninety percent of those women were nurses. American nurses didn’t put their lives on the line in Vietnam during search and destroy missions. They didn’t see their friends Read more of this blog post »
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"Having been a child during the 60s, I saw the nightly news and reports on the war. It was difficult to understand. This book tells compelling and important stories of the women who served on both sides or who were affected in some way by this terribl" Read more of this review »
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"7/14/09: Like Maugham's Of Human Bondage, Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited is an eloquent working out of the book of Ecclesiastes. It is the story of the vain search that, for the wise, ends with what Solomon and Dante and St. Augustine found. In " Read more of this review »
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“Is not one of the greatest joys of love and friendship to be able to talk quite freely?”
--Andrews to Gandhi, first letter, February 26, 1914

Anglican priest Charles Freer Andrews, Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore, and lawyer/activist Mohandas Karamch
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Women Heroes of World War II—the Pacific Theater by Kathryn J. Atwood
"Ever since I started this blog, I've thought a lot about heroes and heroism. In her new book, Women Heroes of World War II - The Pacific Theater, Kathryn Atwood takes as her guiding principle two quotes. One from humanist and women's rights activist " Read more of this review »
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“But most of these women -- the famous and the obscure -- had one thing in common: they did not think of themselves as heroes. They followed their consciences, saw something that needed to be done, and they did it. And all of them helped win a war, even though many of them paid the ultimate price for their contribution. But their sacrifice was not in vain, especially if their courage continues to inspire others to fight injustice and evil wherever they find it.
--From Women Heroes of WWII
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“Ironically, the memory of the women heroes of World War I was largely eclipsed by the very women they had inspired. The more blatant evil enacted into law by Nazi Germany during the Second World War ensured that those who fought against it would continue to fascinate long after the first war had become a vague, unpleasant memory—one brought to mind only by fading photographs of serious, helmeted young men standing in sandbagged trenches or smiling young women in ankle-length nursing uniforms, or by the presence of poppies in Remembrance Day ceremonies.”
Kathryn J. Atwood, Women Heroes of World War I: 16 Remarkable Resisters, Soldiers, Spies, and Medics

“During the conflict that was placed before them, they not only gained the gratitude of many in their own generation but they proved, for the first time on a global scale, the enormous value of a woman’s contribution, paving the way for future generations of women to do the same.”
Kathryn J. Atwood, Women Heroes of World War I: 16 Remarkable Resisters, Soldiers, Spies, and Medics

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