Women Heroes of World War I

Women Heroes of World War IWomen Heroes of World War I: 16 Remarkable Resisters, Soldiers, Spies, and MedicsWomen Heroes of World War I: 16 Remarkable Resisters, Soldiers, Spies, and Medics (Women of Action) by Kathryn Atwood by Kathryn Atwood

Earlier this year I wrote about the book Women Heroes of World War II, which I thoroughly enjoyed, so I was very excited to learn that Atwood had another book coming out soon, focusing on World War I. The only thing I like better than finding a great book is discovering more great books by the same author, and I expected that I’d enjoy the new book just as much.

And I did. The format is similar – there are brief chapters about each woman, giving the outlines of their story and providing additional sources if you want to discover more. There is also an excellent overview beginning the book, and each section includes its own introductory material (sections are arranged thematically: spies and resisters, medical personnel, journalists, and soldiers). I was only familiar with one of the women featured, and had never even heard of the Russian Women’s Battalion of Death, so I learned a lot from the book.

Highly recommended if you’re at all interested in World War I, women’s history, or biographies. It would also make for an excellent homeschooling resource (or traditional schooling supplement) for students covering this time period.

Publisher’s Description:
A commemoration of brave yet largely forgotten women who served in the First World War

In time for the 2014 centennial of the start of the Great War, this book brings to life the brave and often surprising exploits of 16 fascinating women from around the world who served their countries at a time when most of them didn’t even have the right to vote. Readers meet 17-year-old Frenchwoman Emilienne Moreau, who assisted the Allies as a guide and set up a first-aid post in her home to attend to the wounded; Russian peasant Maria Bochkareva, who joined the Imperial Russian Army by securing the personal permission of Tsar Nicholas II, was twice wounded in battle and decorated for bravery, and created and led the all-women combat unit the “Women’s Battalion of Death” on the eastern front; and American journalist Madeleine Zabriskie Doty, who risked her life to travel twice to Germany during the war in order to report back the truth, whatever the cost.

These and other suspense-filled stories of brave girls and women are told through the use of engaging narrative, dialogue, direct quotes, and document and diary excerpts to lend authenticity and immediacy. Introductory material opens each section to provide solid historical context, and each profile includes informative sidebars and “Learn More” lists of relevant books and websites, making this a fabulous resource for students, teachers, parents, libraries, and homeschoolers.

Book Details

Title: Women Heroes of World War I: 16 Remarkable Resisters, Soldiers, Spies, and Medics (Women of Action)Women Heroes of World War I: 16 Remarkable Resisters, Soldiers, Spies, and Medics (Women of Action) by Kathryn Atwood
Author: Kathryn Atwood
Category: Nonfiction / History / Biography
My Rating: 4.5 Stars

Disclosure: I was offered a review copy of the book, but actually read a library copy instead. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for supporting The Deliberate Reader!

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