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Author Benedict, Helen
Title The lonely soldier [ebook] : the private war of women serving in Iraq / Helen Benedict
Publisher Boston : Beacon Press, 2009
Descript 1 online resource (264 pages) : illustrations
Content text txt
Media computer c
Carrier online resource cr
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents BEFORE: From girl to soldier: life before the military -- They break you down, then build you back up / Mickiela Montoya -- They told us we were going to be peacekeepers / Jennifer Spranger -- The assault was just one bad person, but it was a turning point for me / Abbie Pickett -- These morons are going to get us killed / Terris Dewalt-Johnson -- This war is full of crazy people / Eli PaintedCrow -- WAR: It's pretty much just you and your rifle / Spranger, 2003 -- You're just lying there waiting to see who's going to die / Pickett, 2003-04 -- You become hollow, like a robot / PaintedCrow, 2004 -- I wasn't carrying the knife for the enemy, I was carrying it for the guys on my side / Montoya, 2005 -- Mommy, Love you, Don't get killed in Iraq / Dewalt-Johnson, 2005-06 -- AFTER: Coming home -- Fixing the future -- Military ranks and organization -- Where to find help
Summary The Lonely Soldier--the inspiration for the documentary The Invisible War--vividly tells the stories of five women who fought in Iraq between 2003 and 2006--and of the challenges they faced while fighting a war painfully alone. More American women have fought and died in Iraq than in any war since World War Two, yet as soldiers they are still painfully alone. In Iraq, only one in ten troops is a woman, and she often serves in a unit with few other women or none at all. This isolation, along with the military's deep-seated hostility toward women, causes problems that many female soldiers find as hard to cope with as war itself: degradation, sexual persecution by their comrades, and loneliness, instead of the camaraderie that every soldier depends on for comfort and survival. As one female soldier said, "I ended up waging my own war against an enemy dressed in the same uniform as mine." In The Lonely Soldier, Benedict tells the stories of five women who fought in Iraq between 2003 and 2006. She follows them from their childhoods to their enlistments, then takes them through their training, to war and home again, all the while setting the war's events in context. We meet Jen, white and from a working-class town in the heartland, who still shakes from her wartime traumas; Abbie, who rebelled against a household of liberal Democrats by enlisting in the National Guard; Mickiela, a Mexican American who grew up with a family entangled in L.A. gangs; Terris, an African American mother from D.C. whose childhood was torn by violence; and Eli PaintedCrow, who joined the military to follow Native American tradition and to escape a life of Faulknerian hardship. Between these stories, Benedict weaves those of the forty other Iraq War veterans she interviewed, illuminating the complex issues of war and misogyny, class, race, homophobia, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Each of these stories is unique, yet collectively they add up to a heartbreaking picture of the sacrifices women soldiers are making for this country. Benedict ends by showing how these women came to face the truth of war and by offering suggestions for how the military can improve conditions for female soldiers-including distributing women more evenly throughout units and rejecting male recruits with records of violence against women. Humanizing, urgent, and powerful, The Lonely Soldier is a clarion call for change. From the Hardcover edition
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Subject Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Personal narratives, American
Women soldiers -- United States -- Biography
Women soldiers -- United States -- Interviews
Iraq War (2003-2011)
Women soldiers.
United States.
Electronic books
Downloadable file
Alt Author OverDrive, Inc
ISBN 9780807097663
Music # EB00185249 Recorded Books

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