Author Talk at the Falmouth Public Library
Sponsored by Neighborhood Falmouth
Thursday, December 7th
Join us for an author talk at the Falmouth Public Library as Neighborhood Falmouth hosts author Lena Andrews. She will discuss her book Valiant Women: The Extraordinary American Servicewomen Who Helped Win World War II.
"This engrossing book highlights the long-neglected but vital contributions of an entire generation of American women to the decisive allied victory in World War II. Lena Andrews introduces us to these uncommon heroes - including pilots, mechanics, intelligence experts and gunnery instructors - and weaves their exploits into a fresh and surprising chapter of the largest war in history. At turns heartbreaking and inspiring, this unique narrative shares the powerful stories of these fearless women who made that decisive victory possible." -- Lt. General DAVID BARNO, US Army (Ret.), former senior American commander of U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan
"A welcome celebration of military heroes who deserve more recognition. An invaluable addition to our knowledge of the Allied victory." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Based on interviews, memoirs, and extensive archival research, this engaging book offers a wide-ranging look at women's contributions to the war effort...Readers interested in women's and military history, especially World War II events and experiences, will value this book." -- Library Journal (starred review)
About Valiant Women:
Valiant Women is the story of the 350,000 American women who served in uniform during World War II. These incredible women served in every service branch, in every combat theater, and in nearly two-thirds of the available military occupations at the time.
They were pilots, codebreakers, ordnance experts, gunnery instructors, metalsmiths, chemists, translators, parachute riggers, truck drivers, radarmen, pigeon trainers, and much more. They were directly involved in some of the most important moments of the war, from the D-Day landings to the peace negotiations in Paris. These women--who hailed from every race, creed, and walk of life--died for their country and received the nation's highest honors. Their work, both individually and in total, was at the heart of the Allied strategy that won World War II.
Yet, until now, their stories have been relegated to the dusty shelves of military archives or a passing mention in the local paper. Often the women themselves kept their stories private, even from their own families.
Now, military analyst Lena Andrews corrects the record with the definitive and comprehensive historical account of American servicewomen during World War II, based on new archival research, firsthand interviews with surviving veterans, and a deep professional understanding of military history and strategy.
About Lena Andrews:
Lena Andrews is a military analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency. She has a PhD in political science from MIT, specializing in international relations and security studies. She has spent more than a decade in foreign policy, having previously worked at the RAND Corporation and the United States Institute of Peace.