The Lonely Soldier

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Beacon Press | Apr 01, 2009 | ISBN 9780807097663

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    Beacon Press | Apr 01, 2010 | 280 Pages | 6 x 9 | ISBN 9780807061497

  • Ebook$18.00

    Beacon Press | Apr 01, 2009 | ISBN 9780807097663

Praise

Benedict’s book, filled with compelling and heartbreaking stories, is a groundbreaking testament to the bravery, resilience, and almost insurmountable obstacles faced by women stationed in Iraq.—Deirdre Sinnott, ForeWord

“Whether the soldiers’ language is plainspoken or poetic, Helen Benedict’s book gives them a place to tell their stories. . . . The Lonely Soldier has strong merit as an account of women’s military experience in this long and reckless war.”—Amy Herdy, Ms.

“Benedict’s brilliant and compassionate reporting is neither left nor right—it’s human. . . . You know these women—they are your mother, sister, cousin, daughter. Their stories of injustice in the U.S. military will tear your guts out.”—Dale Maharidge, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning And Their Children after Them

The Lonely Soldier will shock you and enrage you and bring you to tears. It’s must reading for everyone who cares about women, justice, fairness, the military, and the United States.”—Katha Pollitt, award-winning columnist, The Nation

“A stunning chronicle of abuses suffered by women enlisted in the U.S. Army and serving in Iraq.”—Los Angeles Times

“It is hard to determine what is most disturbing about this book—the devious and immoral tactics used by leaders and recruiters to get women to join the military, the terrible poverty and personal violence women were escaping that led them to be vulnerable to such manipulation, the raping and harassing of women soldiers by their superiors and comrades once they got to Iraq, or the untreated homelessness, illnesses, and madness that have haunted [these] women since they came home. . . . A crucial accounting of the shameful war on women who gave their bodies, lives, and souls for their country.”—Eve Ensler, playwright, performer, activist, and author of The Vagina Monologues

Table Of Contents

One. The Lonely Soldier
 
PART ONE
Before
 Two. From Girl to Soldier: Life before the Military
 
Tthree. They Break You Down, Then Build You
Back Up: Mickiela Montoya
 
Four. They Told Us We Were Going to Be Peacekeepers:
Jennifer Spranger
 
Five. The Assault Was Just One Bad Person, but It Was a
Turning Point for Me: Abbie Pickett
 
Six. These Morons Are Going to Get Us Killed:
Terris Dewalt-Johnson
 
Seven. This War Is Full of Crazy People:
Eli PaintedCrow
 
PART TWO
War
Eeight. It’s Pretty Much Just You and Your Rifle:
Jennifer Spranger,
 
Nine. You’re Just Lying There Waiting to See
Who’s Going to Die: Abbie Pickett, –
 
Ten. You Become Hollow, Like a Robot:
Eli PaintedCrow,
 
Eleven. I Wasn’t Carrying the Knife for the Enemy,
I Was Carrying It for the Guys on My Own Side:
Mickiela Montoya,
 
Twelve. Mommy, Love You. Hope You Don’t Get Killed
in Iraq: Terris Dewalt-Johnson, –
 
PART THREE
After
 
Thirteen. Coming Home
 
 Fourteen. Fixing the Future
 
Appendix a. Military Ranks and Organization
Appendix b. Where to Find Help
 Acknowledgments
 Notes
 Index

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