WOMEN HEROES OF WORLD WAR II—THE PACIFIC THEATER by Kathryn J. Atwood

WOMEN HEROES OF WORLD WAR II—THE PACIFIC THEATER

15 Stories of Resistance, Rescue, Sabotage, and Survival
From the "Women of Action" series
Age Range: 12 - 18
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

What is the true nature of heroism?

Atwood (Women Heroes of World War II, 2011, etc.) offers a quote from George F. Kennan in an epigraph to this engrossing history of heroic women: “Heroism is endurance for one moment more.” Fifteen biographies of women with roles in the Pacific theater of World War II follow. The women, both white and Asian (non-Japanese), came from a variety of countries and include nurses, spies, missionaries, journalists, and a brutalized sex slave for Japanese soldiers. Many endured inhuman mistreatment at the hands of Japanese military. Although the biographies are brief, they effectively convey the devastating effects of the war and offer graphic information about casualties. An epilogue clearly explains both the international situation in the summer of 1945 and the Japanese military stance that led up to the American decision to use atomic bombs to end the war in the Pacific. Photographs with useful captions and occasional well-placed text boxes offer additional information. Detailed endnotes, a lengthy bibliography, and suggested discussion questions round out the presentation. Only one of the admirable women, Elizabeth MacDonald, who served mostly in Washington, D.C., in the Office of Strategic Services (after beginning the war near Pearl Harbor), seems to fail to fully exemplify Kennan’s definition. Japanese women who demonstrated heroism are notably absent from this Allied-leaning overview.

A worthy addition to military collections. (index, not seen) (Nonfiction. 12-18)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-61373-168-0
Page count: 280pp
Publisher: Chicago Review
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 2016




MORE BY KATHRYN J. ATWOOD

ChildrenWOMEN HEROES OF WORLD WAR II by Kathryn J. Atwood
by Kathryn J. Atwood

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenCOURAGEOUS WOMEN OF THE CIVIL WAR by M.R. Cordell
by M.R. Cordell
ChildrenTHE BOOK OF HEROINES by Stephanie Warren Drimmer
by Stephanie Warren Drimmer