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October 29, 2008

Hell Hath No Fury

True Stories of Women at War from Antiquity to Iraq
Rosalind Miles and Robin Cross – ISBN 9780307346377

Ostensibly this book provides biographies of the most important “Battle Axes” in world history. Sounds like it’d be great fun. Unfortunately it wasn’t. It is poorly written, and is essentially synoptic of other writings, most of them of little consequence . . . rather like the Biography Channel using People Magazine as a source for their presentations. Indeed, a disproportionate number of the women included are gleaned from one other source, which original may or may not be better than is this book.

It also includes such entries as “Rosie the Riveter,” who wasn’t a warrior at all, and existed only as a fictional representative of women working in war time factories, and Helen Kirkpatrick and Christiane Amanpour were both war correspondents, and Tokyo Rose broadcast to American troops in the Pacific during WW II, etc.

I got bored and skimmed the last half of the first half, and flipped thru the remainder, reading at random.

Save your money, and spend your time reading something--anything--else.

Posted by respeto at October 29, 2008 3:31 PM