A Few Good Women

America's Military Women from World War I to the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

Publisher: Anchor

 In this riveting narrative history, women veterans from the world wars, Vietnam, the Gulf War, Afghanistan, and Iraq tell their extraordinary stories.

Evelyn M. Monahan and Rosemary Neidel-Greenlee spent fifteen years combing through archives, journals, histories, and news reports, and gathering thousands of eyewitness accounts, letters, and interviews for this unprecedented chronicle of America’s “few good women.” Women today make up more than fifteen percent of the U.S. armed forces and serve alongside men in almost every capacity. Here are the stories of the battles these women fought to march beside their brothers, their tales of courage and fortitude, of indignities endured, of injustices overcome, of the blood they’ve shed and the comrades they’ve lost, and the challenges they still face in the twenty-first century.



Those who live in memory are really never dead.
—Kate Morton, The Shifting Fog

Falluja, Iraq: 23 June 2005, 1920 hours (7:20 p.m.). Cpl. Sally J. Saalman finished roll call of the women marines in her charge, climbed onboard the old truck, and seated herself on one of the parallel...
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“A timely, informative, always thoughtful take on women’s changing role in war. . . . Moving. . . . Vividly described.” —Richmond Times-Dispatch

“A treasure trove of untold history.” —Kirkus Reviews
“A compelling history, made stronger by the profiles of many strong, patriotic women.” —Library Journal