Joining because working multiple jobs wasn't making ends meet. A copy that has been read, but remains in clean condition. Despite the large numbers of sexual partners, no sexually transmitted diseases are discussed, but one minor character does get an abortion after a relationship with a superior officer these relationships, though forbidden, seem common. Another drawback is that the author never accompanied the women on their deployment and yet recounts the experiences as though she were there. This book would have been much better without the author's own liberal political stance dominating the pages. She chooses to follow the post-deployment lives of the women, and it is after demobilization that the heartaches truly develop.
These women, who are quite different in every way, become friends, and we watch their interaction and also what happens when they are separated. It's not all fun and The book was okay. As the subtitle says, this is about three women's experiences as members of the Indiana National Guard at home and at war from 2001 until about 2013. We see them work extremely hard, deal with the attentions of men on base and in war zones, and struggle to stay connected to their families back home. I was outraged by that. Thorpe tells the story of three women in the Indiana National Guard who served in Afghanistan and two of them also served in Iraq. Desma Brooks joined in her 20s for reasons that seem unclear even to her.
Debbie Helton becomes a grandmother during deployment and has served in the guard for decades - she is eager to be deployed. Michelle is 18 when she joins the Guard to cover her college tuition; Desma is a single parent of three and in her 20s; Debbie joins in her late 30s when her daughter is basically grown and is around 50 during the bulk of the book. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact. One of the girls in the story, Michelle, only served because she felt like she had run out of options in her small town of Indiana, and figured it was the best way to pay for college. In Soldier Girls , Helen Thorpe follows the lives of three women over twelve years on their paths to the military, overseas to combat, and back home. Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include previous owner inscriptions. She survives, but her life may never be the same again.
The story was quietly powerful for me in that it gave me a much better impression of how the wars progressed in Afghanistan and then in Iraq, and how different he two wars were initially. Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include previous owner inscriptions. . Deeply reported, beautify written, and powerfy moving, Soldier Girls is tr groundbreaking. Though quite far apart in age and in their political views, the three women become close friends, and through their daily interaction we see how military service changes their relationships with their families, their lovers, and their children. Overall, this was thorough and fascinating from cover to cover - a job well done by Thorpe. Dust cover is intact; pages are clean and are not marred by notes or folds of any kind.
Obviously, the reviewer has not read this book. The book is a chronicle not only of the classism of a 'volunteer army,' but of the hideous Reading this book from total ignorance of the armed services, I was shocked by the hardships the women experienced, and I wondered after reading it how anyone deployed as these three women were could ever have a normal, decent life afterwards. And here is where the accumulated minutia of the opening chapters pays off as the women return to the old landscapes and familiar haunts and try to regain their footing in the world. That said, while I was at first disappointed that the women seemed so superficially similar all white women in the Indiana National Guard, and all friends with one another , I ultimately found their experiences and opinions to be quite diverse, and each one brings a lot to the book. Brooks and Helton are deployed a second time - to Iraq. All is imagined; although no doubt based closely on what she was told, this use of imagined events necessarily detracts from the authenticity of the book.
We see them work extremely hard, deal with the attentions of men on base and in war zones, and struggle to stay connected to their families back home. Generalities are devoured by the razor teeth of particulars. I sort of wanted it to be more adventurous and concentrated on their struggles in war and life. What kind of woman leaves the home she knows and signs up for the National Guard? A copy that has been read, but remains in clean condition. Thorpe follows the lives of three women over 12 years on their paths to the military, overseas to combat, and back home. This was more eye-opening than I expected.
It then takes us through the changes in the military around women's roles and the National Guard role, because of the wars in both Afghanistan and Iraq. The book is non-fiction, but Thorpe writes so well that it doesn't read like non-fiction at all. But the style is far too gossipy and banal, and I felt that the author was simply not up to her subject matter. Joining because working multiple jobs wasn't making ends meet. This item shows signs of wear from consistent use, but it remains in good condition and works perfectly.
Really lets one get what the military has been through over these past 10+ years. Amazoncom the liberator one world war ii soldiers 500 day odyssey from the beaches of sicily to the gates of dachau 9780307888006 alex kershaw books. Can they handle the work? Thank you for your service. July 28, 2016 Time: 7:30 p. And we see what happens to one of them when the truck she is driving hits an explosive in the road, blowing it up. All three are deployed to Afghanistan in 2004-5. Helen Thorpe follows the lives of three women over twelve years on their paths to the military, overseas to combat, and back home…and then overseas again for two of them.