The untold history of a group of women reporters who revolutionized the narrative of World War II—from Martha Gellhorn, the wife of Ernest Hemingway, to Lee Miller, a Vogue cover model turned war correspondent.
A powerful narrative ... The focus on the human element, from refugees to soldiers to concentration camp survivors, lends their writing a raw and intimate power. Their stories are never simple lists of battle statistics, but journalism at its finest in its mission to take chaotic data and shape it into a coherent narrative ... [A] thoroughly researched book ... Mackrell makes each of these women a vivid character ... This is an important book.
Just as women are so often written out of war, so it seems are the female correspondents. Mackrell corrects this omission admirably with stories of six of the best ... It’s not just foreign correspondents like me who owe these amazing women a debt. Mackrell has done us all a great service by assembling their own fascinating stories. At first I wished she had included more of their work, but perhaps they are better served by leaving us wanting to go off and read firsthand how women see war.
Mackrell...has organized this chronology with scholarly intensity. She brings every moment to life, serving up the women’s views of world war on all fronts...with sizzling realism. The book concludes with a satisfying epilogue to give readers an enlightening look at the later lives of these six courageous correspondents.