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The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq

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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 withfew 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, sexualpersecution 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 thesame 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 theirenlistments, 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, whostill 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. Betweenthese 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 thesestories 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 ofwar 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.

Synopsis:

The Lonely Solider vividly tells the stories of several military women who served in Iraq-and of the challenges they faced from warfare, discrimination, and their own consciences. A heartbreaking picture of the sacrifices women soldiers are making for this country, The Lonely Solider has already spurred reform in the military's handling of sexual assault and the rights of women soldiers. Book jacket.

About the Author

Helen Benedict, the author of ten books, is professor of journalism at Columbia University and writes frequently on women, race, and justice. Her work on soldiers won the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807097663
Publisher:
Beacon Press
Subject:
History : Military - Iraq War (2003-)
Author:
Benedict, Helen
Subject:
History : Military - Veterans
Subject:
Social Science : Women's Studies - General
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Social Science : Sexual Abuse & Harassment
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Psychology : Psychopathology - Post Traumatic Stress Disorde
Publication Date:
April 2009
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English

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Biography » Women
Health and Self-Help » Self-Help » General
History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Womens Studies
History and Social Science » Military » General History
History and Social Science » Military » Iraq War (2003-)
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » Violence in Society
History and Social Science » World History » General

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"Synopsis" by , The Lonely Solider vividly tells the stories of several military women who served in Iraq-and of the challenges they faced from warfare, discrimination, and their own consciences. A heartbreaking picture of the sacrifices women soldiers are making for this country, The Lonely Solider has already spurred reform in the military's handling of sexual assault and the rights of women soldiers. Book jacket.
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