An enthralling biography of three female war correspondents who preceded her in Southeast Asia, reporting on the Vietnam War. ... Becker blends their individual stories with wider history, setting the unfolding tragedy in Vietnam in the background as her protagonists develop doubts about the logic and legitimacy of the war. She provides vivid accounts of their journalistic exploits and tales of how they suffered in their work—their injuries, traumas, excessive drinking, and complicated affairs.
Becker’s examination of three journalists’ careers—Webb, Frances FitzGerald from America and Catherine Leroy of France—powers this absorbing narrative about the challenges of covering the Vietnam War ... a significant contribution to the history of both the Vietnam War and women in journalism.
Becker presents three extraordinary women journalists who risked all to tell the story, for, along with all the other issues of the era, sexism is part of that story ... Becker, a former Vietnam War correspondent herself, writes about these women’s lives, but the stink and horror of the war is present on every page. Whether as a woman’s story or a war story, this should find a wide audience.