We Band of Angels: The Untold Story of the American Women Trapped on Bataan (Google eBook)

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Random House Publishing Group, Jun 29, 2011 - History - 384 pages
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In the fall of 1941, the Philippines was a gardenia-scented paradise for the American Army and Navy nurses stationed there. War was a distant rumor, life a routine of easy shifts and dinners under the stars. On December 8 all that changed, as Japanese bombs began raining down on American bases in Luzon, and this paradise became a fiery hell. Caught in the raging battle, the nurses set up field hospitals in the jungles of Bataan and the tunnels of Corregidor, where they tended to the most devastating injuries of war, and suffered the terrors of shells and shrapnel.
 
But the worst was yet to come. After Bataan and Corregidor fell, the nurses were herded into internment camps where they would endure three years of fear, brutality, and starvation. Once liberated, they returned to an America that at first celebrated them, but later refused to honor their leaders with the medals they clearly deserved. Here, in letters, diaries, and riveting firsthand accounts, is the story of what really happened during those dark days, woven together in a deeply affecting saga of women in war.
 
Praise for We Band of Angels
 
“Gripping . . . a war story in which the main characters never kill one of the enemy, or even shoot at him, but are nevertheless heroes . . . Americans today should thank God we had such women.”—Stephen E. Ambrose
 
“Remarkable and uplifting.”—USA Today
 
“[Elizabeth M. Norman] brings a quiet, scholarly voice to this narrative. . . . In just a little over six months these women had turned from plucky young girls on a mild adventure to authentic heroes. . . . Every page of this history is fascinating.”—Carolyn See, The Washington Post
 
“Riveting . . . poignant and powerful.”—The Dallas Morning News
 
Winner of the Lavinia Dock Award for historical scholarship, the American Academy of Nursing National Media Award, and the Agnes Dillon Randolph Award
  

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I waver between 4 and 5 stars on this. The only reason for not giving a five star rating is that the writing lacked...a little *something*. Overall though it was well-written and researched. It was ... Read full review

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An interesting tale of the experiences of these nurses in a very difficult situation. Their tale of service and survival was inspirational. It also highlighted how poorly these women were treated by the military establishment after their return. I found the story telling device a bit of a slog. Read full review

Contents

Foreword
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 18
Afterword
Epilogue
Acknowledgments

Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
CHRONOLOGY OF MILITARYNURSES IN THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS 19401945
THE NURSES AND THEIR HOMETOWNS
Bibliography
Endnotes
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Copyright

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About the author (2011)

Elizabeth M. Norman, R.N., Ph.D., is a professor at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. She is the author of Women at War: The Story of Fifty Military Nurses Who Served in Vietnam, and co-author with Michael Norman of Tears in the Darkness: The Story of the Bataan Death March and Its Aftermath, which made The New York Times list of top ten nonfiction books in 2009 and was named a 2010 Dayton Literary Peace Prize finalist. Her awards include an official commendation for Military Nursing Research from the U.S. Department of the Army.

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