Synopses & Reviews
In Iraq, the front line is everywhere...and everywhere in Iraq, women in the U.S. military fight. More than 155,000 of them have served in Iraq since 2003 four times the number of women sent to Desert Storm in 1991 and more than 430 have been wounded and over 60 killed, almost twice the number of U.S. military women killed in action in Korea, Vietnam, and Desert Storm combined. Band of Sisters presents twelve amazing and often heart-wrenching stories of American women in the frontlines including America's first female pilot to be shot down and survive, the U.S. military's first black female combat pilot, a 21-year-old turret gunner defending a convoy, two military policewomen in a firefight, a nurse struggling to save lives, including her own and more.
"Band of Sisters: American Women at War in Iraq by Kirsten Holmstedt, gives us 12 gripping stories of courage and hardships endured by women who are blazing a trail in arenas once considered the sovereign domain of men." San Antonio Express-News
"Invaluable as well as readable." Booklist
This overdue account of the combat actions of the women who wore our country's uniform in recent wars reads as swiftly as a thriller, but the thrills here come from the real sacrifices and valor of America's fighting women.--Ralph Peters, author of "Never Quit the Fight."
About the Author
Kirsten Holmstedt is a graduate of Drake University's School of Journalism and the University of North Carolina Wilmington's master's of fine arts program in creative non-fiction writing. Ms. Holmstedt has spent the past twenty years writing for newspapers, business, academia, and magazines. She has won awards for her writing at the regional and national levels. She currently resides in Jacksonville, North Carolina.