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Courageous Women of the Vietnam War: Medics, Journalists, Survivors, and More

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One of just a handful of women reporting on the Vietnam War, Kate Webb was captured by North Vietnamese troops and presumed dead—until she emerged from the jungle waving a piece of white parachute material after 23 days in captivity. Le Ly Hayslip enjoyed a peaceful early childhood in a Vietnamese farming village before war changed her life forever. Brutalized by all sides ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published May 1st 2018 by Chicago Review Press
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BAM The Bibliomaniac
Edelweiss #3

Many thanks to Kathryn J Atwood, Chicago Review Press, and Edelweiss for the ARC in exchange for my unbiased review.
The women profiled in this book held various positions in Vietnam and were of different ages. They are not all nurses or soldiers. Some are Vietnamese. The dynamics of the war were just as damaging to females, and they didn't get any treatment or a welcome home either. "This book is not about proving the rightness or wrongness of the Vietnam War." The women lived throu
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Marialyce
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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2 so disappointing stars

I was so looking forward to reading this book and perhaps so much anticipation ruined what I thought would be a most enlightening and courageous read. Perhaps much of the blame could be placed on the ARC I received which was ever so jumbled with notes interspersed among he story line making for confusion and an interruption to the poignant stories of these courageous women. I have read a considerable amount of ARCs but this one was a mess sad to say. The stories of these
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Staci
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very well written book! Shows the courage of the women who served as nurses and journalists in the Vietnam war.
Chris Wolak
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’m a big fan of Kathryn J. Atwood’s work. She’s written several collective biographies of women who either insert themselves into or find themselves in the midst of a war zone or occupied territory. Her books are written for a young adult audience, but they’re good reading for adults as well.

Courageous Women of the Vietnam War introduces the reader to the Vietnam War from a variety of perspectives: Vietnamese, French, New Zealand, Australian, and American. By including women from different back
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Heidi
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The collection of stories included in this book includes a nice variety of experiences. It's clear the author worked hard to gather information on the lives of many women who experienced Vietnam in some way. The stories included range from civilians and victims to nurses, reporters, volunteers, a North Vietnamese surgeon, and even a war protester. This provided me with a variety of different perspectives on the war and the experiences these women had. Many of the stories are heartbreaking in the ...more
Charity Tahmaseb
This book by Kathryn Atwood is part of the Women of Action series from Chicago Review Press.

Although I was very young at the time, I remember the Vietnam war. But I have a child's memory of that war. We never learned about it in school because it wasn't quite history yet. Certainly, we knew all about it, right?

Well, perhaps. Perhaps not. As I said, my view of it is filtered, just as my view of Desert Storm will always be filtered through the lens of riding in an M577 tracked vehicle, a pair of h
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Tiffany Spano
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a well-researched and compelling book. I bought it for my niece because I wanted her to read about courageous women. I felt inspired by it, too.
Kadie Hayward Mullins
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
@kidlitexchange #partner – We need more stories like these, capturing the female heroes who have played important roles throughout history.

The most recent in Atwood’s series of wonderful works highlighting the experiences and importance of women in some of the most horrific and trying times we’ve faced, not just as a nation, but globally. While the history buff may not find the stories unique or novel and may find the lack of comprehensive detail a bit frustrating, it is a superior example of h
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Danica Hughes
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
#kidlitexchange #partner
When I saw this novel posted for review on @kidlitexchange. I knew I wanted to review it. I believe it’s important to read and explore many different genres but especially important to read non fiction. Especially as important stories of these of women who have played such an important role in history.
I was excited to not only have the chance to read Courageous Women of the Vietnam War but also to check out two of Kathryn J. Atwood’s other novels Women Heroes of World Wa
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Veronica
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Okay, first of all, let me say that before this book I knew next to nothing about the Vietnam War. For the past three years, Kathryn J. Atwood has sent me each of her books to review. So, after I received this book in the mail, I dove right in, eager to fill in the gaps.
Reading “Courageous Women of the Vietnam War” has been quite an education for me. Not only did it recount how America was drawn in and why, it went all the way back to the roots of war. Reading the stories of the Vietnamese girl
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Meghan
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Information could get repetitive, as if each chapter was a separate entity. The glossary was also not very useful. Would have liked pronounciations for Vietnamese words as I was only familiar with a few.
Carol
Oct 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Almost exclusively nurses & medics with a smattering of journalists and survivors of atrocities. Would have liked to see a wider variety of roles represented.
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