aBrave, honest, and necessary.aaNancy Pearl, NPR Seattle Kayla Williams is one of the 15 percent of the U.S. Army that is female, and she is a great storyteller. With a voice that is afunny, frank and full of gritty detailsa (New York Daily News), she tells of enlisting under Clinton; of learning Arabic; of the sense of duty that fractured her relationships; of being surrounded by bravery and bigotry, sexism and fear; of seeing 9/11 on Al-Jazeera; and of knowing she would be going to war. With a passion that makes her memoir anearly impossible to put downa (Buffalo News) Williams shares the powerful gamut of her experiences in Iraq, from caring for a wounded civilian to aiming a rifle at a child. Angry at the bureaucracy and the conflicting messages of todayas military, Williams offers us aa raw, unadulterated look at wara (San Antonio Express News) and at the U.S. Army. And she gives us a womanas story of empowerment and self-discovery.I understood the aim was to break us down and rebuild us into what the Army wanted. But I was not too amenable to the concept. It was generally frowned upon to challenge our drill sergeants, but I remember in an Army Values class I could not keep quiet. ... On the other hand some of the drills themselves were ridiculous.
|Title||:||Love My Rifle More than You: Young and Female in the U.S. Army|
|Author||:||Kayla Williams, Michael E. Staub|
|Publisher||:||W. W. Norton & Company - 2006-09-17|