This list of 25 books about women at war was posted to the women veteran’s list. I remember coming back from Desert Storm and reading everything on war I could lay my hands on. I wanted stories about women at war, and the best I could do was stories about men at war.
For this list, I was surprised both at what I didn’t know about and what got left off the list. So I’m thinking of doing a list myself. If you know of any titles, post them in the comments.
Meanwhile, here’s a few more:
A Piece of My Heart: The Stories of 26 Women Who Served in Vietnam. This is the only one of two books I read that was about women following the war. This book was used as the basis for the TV series China Beach. I read this one over and over and over until I couldn’t read it any more. It’s now available as an ebook.
Visions of War, Dreams of Peace: Writings of the Women in the Vietnam War. This book came out in 1991, so right about the time I came back. It contains poetry about Vietnam.
Women in Vietnam: The Oral History. Getting the link on Amazon for this one turned up a lot more books. I have this one in my collection, but I haven’t read it.
Women Vietnam Veterans: Our Untold Stories. This is a new release for 2015 that showed up for the search for the one above. Spiffy cover.
Side-by-Side: Photographic History of American Women in War. A coffee table book with photos of women in war through history. I was given a copy by the author.
I’m a Soldier, Too: The Jessica Lynch Story. The media made her into a big hero and then threw her away when the true story came out. The result is that this book got a lot of bad reviews not because it was a good book or a bad book, but because of the politics. It is a frightening story of when things go really wrong for a soldier.
She Went to War: The Rhonda Cornum Story: This one’s from Desert Storm, and the other book I read following the war (because that’s all there was). This is about an officer who was captured during the war.
These last two books are one of the reasons I wrote Soldier, Storyteller the way I did, and also ePublished it. The story about the war experience in both books was too short for a hardback coming out of New York. The result was about half the books are on the soldier’s life before the war. I remember reading Rhonda’s book, and every other chapter was why she became an officer. I was skipping those chapters because I felt like they were filling space.
When I did mine, it was automatic to epublish it because then I could tell the story I wanted without having to fill in extra to make up for the costs.