Ashley's War

Ashley's War

The Untold Story of A Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield

Book - 2015
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Presents the story of First Lieutenant Ashley White and a groundbreaking team of female American warriors who served alongside Special Operations soldiers on the battle field in Afghanistan
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062333810
006233381X
Characteristics: xix, 292 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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kpelish
Aug 19, 2017

Excellent depiction of the historical context that led up to "attaching" female soldiers to combat units, so they could fight in the fields. The support role didn't mean out of danger--on the contrary, these highly skilled, superbly physically fit women fought side-by-side with their male comrades. Their gender allowed them to talk with the local Afghanistan women and gain valuable intelligence. One soldier's story is highlighted: Ashley, who initially trained as a medic. Once proven in the field, most of the men supported them (as an aside, prior to this combat service, two of the women were raped. How they surmounted the assault and successfully moved on to this elite team is told in a compassionate, matter-of-fact manner.) Also well-described is the desert conditions of the headquarters and local mountains--a harsh environment.

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chuckyoufarley
Jan 14, 2016

Wow. Now I understand the context of why females be allowed in front line combat roles in US armed forces.

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carol507
Nov 03, 2015

This was an excellent book re: women in the services. I learned so much about the Special Ops programs, especially re: support troops.

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StarGladiator
Oct 31, 2015

To commenter, JanGeier: Is Alfreda Bikowsky Silverstein of the CIA, who was fraudulently portrayed in that fraud of a movie, Zero Dork Thirty, patriotic for ordering the torture of innocents in order to extract false confessions?
Was Robin Raphel, now under investigation for espionage and treason, a patriot for supporting the Taliban? Questions you should consider. . .
Are DoD personnel patriotic for somehow not being able to track, or embezzling, many many trillions of dollars?
Sure wished at least one of these strong, powerful, awesome, sensitive, smart females possessed the intellectual wherewithal, or ounce of curiousity, to understand who Gen. Smedley Butler was, or to read Michael Hudson's book, Super Imperialism, or perhaps even to wonder why this war never ends?

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JanGeier
Oct 31, 2015

i consider myself an anti war type of person, but it was so interesting to think about women who felt compelled to defend their country and excel in a physical way to the needs of the country. I was so impressed with their strength and bravery. I learned about a new part of American Patriotism. It was very humbling.

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lilypad_1
Jul 31, 2015

Have wondered why anyone especially women(I am a woman) want to be on front lines. This book answers that question. These women are strong, powerful, awesome, sensitive, smart, and should get credit for all they give up to get to the front lines and all they risk. I would have given it the best rating but the first half of the book was about military getting in the way of itself.

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