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Courageous women of the Vietnam War : medics, journalists, survivors, and more
First edition.
Publication Information:
Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press, [2018]
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pages cm
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1120 L
Xuan Phuong, young revolutionary -- Geneviève de Galard, "I only did my duty" -- Le Ly Hayslip, "Freedom is never a gift" -- Bobbi Hovis, witness to history -- Kay Wilhelmy, American survivor -- Jurate Kazickas, "What's a woman like you doing out here?"-- Iris Roser, Australian relief worker -- Anne Koch, "I knew in my heart that I had to go" -- Dang Thuy Tram, communist field surgeon -- Lynda van Devanter, "Why do they have to die?" -- Kate Webb, captive journalist -- Joan Baez, protest singer -- TracyWood, "They're the story" -- Kim Phuc, running from war.
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Book 959.7043 ATW 1

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Prescott Public Library1Received on 6/12/18



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, she escaped to the United States, where she eventually founded two humanitarian organizations. Lynda Van Devanter was an idealistic young nurse in 1969 when a plane carrying her and 350 men landed in South Vietnam. Her harrowing experiences working in a combat zone hospital would later serve as inspiration for the TV series China Beach . In these pages readers meet these and other brave women and girls who served in life-threatening roles as medics, journalists, resisters, and revolutionaries in the conflict in Vietnam. Author Kathryn J. Atwood presents a clear introduction to each of five chronological sections, guiding readers through the social and political turmoil that spanned two decades and the tenure of five US presidents. Each woman's story unfolds in a suspenseful, engaging way, incorporating plentiful original source materials, quotes, and photographs. Resources for further study, source notes and a bibliography, and a helpful map and glossary round out this exploration of one of modern history's most divisive wars, making it an invaluable addition to any student's or history buff's bookshelf.

Reviews 2

School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-A variety of women are profiled in this utilitarian entry in the series. Four are Vietnamese representing different political factions, seven are American, and one each is from France, Australia, and New Zealand. The text is then divided chronologically into five parts representing turning points in the conflict, with each section beginning with a narrative history of the time period. The subjects include military nurses, a doctor, a surgeon, journalists, a relief worker, a revolutionary, a schoolgirl sentry, and internationally known folk singer/activist Joan Baez. Their stories graphically present the horrors of war and the difficulties associated with being female in a war zone. The postwar struggles with public castigation of those who served and the emotional and physical consequences of having lived and worked in a battle zone are realistically discussed. The biographies are supplemented with "learn more" boxes and explanatory sidebars define a concept or issue. Black-and-white photographs add context to historical places described throughout. VERDICT For libraries in need of collective biographies about women or a new take on the Vietnam War.-Cindy Wall, Southington Library & Museum, CT © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Booklist Review

In this latest volume in the publisher's Women of Action series, Atwood offers in-depth profiles of 14 women who were involved in various ways with the Vietnam War, from its historic roots in the 1940s and '50s to its end in the 1970s. Included are American, French, Australian, and Vietnamese women (from both North and South Vietnam). Though largely unsung, these women played a variety of essential and dangerous roles: nurses, field surgeons, relief workers, journalists, and in singer Joan Baez, war protester. Arranged chronologically in five parts (1945-56, 1957-64, 1965-68, 1969-70, and 1971-75), the profiles are accompanied by brief histories of the various periods. Also included are sidebar features examining such topics as communism, Agent Orange, songs of the Vietnam War, the Vietnam Women's Memorial, and more. The result is illuminating and inspiring, giving faces to women whose contributions deserve more attention. Included are a glossary, notes, and a lengthy bibliography useful for further reading.--Cart, Michael Copyright 2018 Booklist

Table of Contents

Diane Carlson Evans, captain, Army Nurse Corps, 1966-1972Xuan PhuongGeneviève de GalardLe Ly HayslipBobbi HovisKay Wilhelmy BauerJurate KazickasIris Mary RoserAnne KochDang Thuy TramLynda Van DevanterKate WebbJoan BaezTracy WoodKim Phuc
Mapp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Part I 1945-1956: Ho Chi Minh's Revolutionp. 7
Young Revolutionaryp. 13
"I Only Did My Duty"p. 24
Part II 1957-1964: Ngo Dinh Diem's Civil Warp. 37
"Freedom Is Never a Gift"p. 42
Witness to Historyp. 54
Part III 1965-1968: Lyndon B. Johnson's American Warp. 65
American Survivorp. 72
"What's a Woman Like You Doing Out Here?p. 84
Australian Relief Workerp. 95
Part IV 1969-1970: Richard M. Nixon's "Peace"p. 107
"I Knew in My Heart That I Had to Go"p. 113
Communist Field Surgeonp. 125
"Why Do They Have to Die?"p. 137
Part V 1971-1975: Endings And Beginningsp. 149
Captive Journalistp. 156
Protest Singerp. 167
"They're the Story"p. 178
Running from Warp. 188
Acknowledgmentsp. 199
Glossaryp. 201
Notesp. 203
Bibliographyp. 215
Indexp. 219