And If I Perish

Paperback $18.00

Anchor | Nov 09, 2004 | 528 Pages | 5-3/16 x 8 | ISBN 9781400031290

  • Paperback$18.00

    Anchor | Nov 09, 2004 | 528 Pages | 5-3/16 x 8 | ISBN 9781400031290

  • Ebook$13.99

    Anchor | Dec 18, 2007 | 528 Pages | ISBN 9780307424785

Praise

"An important corrective to the current historical record . . . and a worthy memorial to those who died in action." –Jill Ker Conway, author of The Road from Coorain

“The contributions and sacrifices of American nurses in World War II were ignored for decades. . . . Read this book, and remember them all.” —San Francisco Chronicle

"Battle by battle, in vivid, newsreel-like fashion, the authors dramatically portray the heroic efforts of courageous women who experienced the war at its most horrific and heartrending levels."–Booklist

"Pioneering research. . . . Notable for the selfless yet matter-of-fact attitude of the nurses as they describe their contributions, the book gives deserved recognition to this neglected aspect of military and women’s history."–Library Journal

“An extremely valuable addition to the historical perspective of nursing. . . . I felt as if I were there; I could smell the canvas of the tents and I could feel the scorching heat and the bitter cold. . . . The writer made the nurses and their stories come alive. . . .Quite simply, the entire book [is] outstanding.” –Lt. Col. Mary S. Nelson, USAF, NC, Military Medicine

“A laudatory account of the plucky American women–nearly 60,000 of them–who served in and near combat zones in the Mediterranean and European theaters of war from 1942 to 1945. . . . A nice tribute.” –Kirkus Reviews

“This compelling book tells the moving stories of World War II heroines who were never recognized, the nurses of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps. They were courageous, tireless, and committed to serving on the front lines of the war. They saved and rebuilt lives, and they gave many of us–including myself–a most valuable gift: hope.” –Senator Daniel K. Inouye, Medal of Honor recipient

“From the onset of the North African campaign until the conquest of Germany, the nurses of the U.S. Army Corps endured the same hardships, danger, overwhelming sacrifices, and risk to life as the soldiers they were destined to save, Heroines all, their story begs to be told.” –Adm. Frances Shea Buckley, former Director, U.S. Naval Nurse Corps

“I could not put this book down. The untold story of these brave young women who sacrificed their health and safety to care for the wounded during the many battles of World War II is inspiring. It is a marvelous portrayal of nursing at its best.” –Col. Elizabeth P. Finn, U.S. Army Nurse Corps (retired)

“A powerful account. . . . The stress of working in a hostile environment challenged them physically, mentally, emotionally, and clinically. Yet they never wavered from their duties. They served despite the fact they were not accorded equality with their comrades.” –Brig. Gen. Connie L. Slewitzke, U.S. Army (ret.), former Director, U.S. Army Nurse Corps

“A priceless contribution to the rich legacy of army nurses. A masterpiece, this book pulls no punches as the authors graphically paint a picture of hardship, horror, pain, death, and unbelievable dedication to duty.”–Maj. Debora Cox, former U.S. Army Nurse Corps Historian

Author Essay

In And If I Perish, Evelyn Monahan and Rosemary Neidel-Greenlee draw on never-before-published eyewitness acounts to tell the story of the U.S. Army Nurses who served in World War II. While researching this project, the authors received wartime photographs from many of the nurses and their families. Not all of the photos could be included in the final book, but here, we share a unique collection with you.

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