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And If I Perish Paperback – 15 Dec 2004

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  • Paperback: 1 pages
  • Publisher: RANDOM HOUSE GROUP; 1 edition (15 December 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140003129X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400031290
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.6 x 20.3 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 340 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 343,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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

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A galvanizing narrative of the wartime role played by U.S. Army nurses—from the invasion of North Africa to the bloody Italian campaign to the decisive battles in France and the Rhineland.

More than 59,000 nurses volunteered to serve in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps alone: 217 lost their lives (16 by enemy action), and more than 1,600 were decorated for meritorious service and bravery under fire. But their stories have rarely been heard. Now, drawing on never-before-published eyewitness accounts—many heroic, some mundane and comic—Monahan and Neidel-Greenlee take us to the front lines, to the withering fire on the beaches of Anzio and Normandy, and to the field and evacuation hospitals, as well as bombed and burned hospital ships. We witness the nurses—and the doctors with whom they served—coping with the physical and psychological damage done to the soldiers in combat. We see them working—often with only meager supplies and overwhelmed by the sheer number of casualties—to save the lives and limbs of thousands of wounded troops. With them we experience the almost constant packing up and moving on to keep up with advancing troops, foxholes dug under camp beds, endless mud, and treacherous minefields. The vividness and immediacy of their recollections provide us with a powerfully visceral, deeply affecting sense of their experiences—terrifying and triumphant, exhausting and exhilarating.

A revelatory work that at last gives voice to the nurses who played such an essential role in World War II.

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