WOMEN AND WAR by Fiona Reynoldson


Age Range: 10 - 14
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 In Thomson's World War II series, one of several topical volumes sampling experiences in different countries. Presenting women's roles through accounts garnered mostly from secondary sources, Reynoldson arranges them by subject: ``Evacuation''; ``Coping with Shortages''; ``War Work''; ``Invasion and Resistance''; ``Internment and Imprisonment.'' The information is authentic, and though the book declares its origins by frequent reports on the British scene, its greatest value is in the many experiences on both sides and worldwide. Unfortunately, since the writing here is serviceable at best, the effect is fragmented, though some revealing quotes from memoirs add interest; the author does make some comparisons and draw some obvious conclusions, but for deeper insight into the transformation of women's lives in WW II (in the US), and its larger historical significance, see May's Pushing the Limits (above). Reynoldson's is a book with a lot of genuine anecdotal history, but one that suffers from a lack of care or thoughtful planning. Frequent archival photos (subjects not always fully identified); general chronology; adequate glossary; a meager six ``Books to Read''; sources of quotes (without page numbers); index. (Nonfiction. 10- 14)

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 1994
ISBN: 1-56847-082-7
Page count: 48pp
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 1994