Count on Us

Count on Us

American Women in the Military

By Amy Nathan; Walter Cronkite (Foreword by)

National Geographic Society, Hardcover, 9780792263302, 89pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 2004


In this clearly written, well-organized book, Nathan traces the gains women in the military have made from the Revolutionary War to the present day, including the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Glimpses of each time period are skillfully woven into the text, providing a solid historical overview. Each major war is discussed from the perspective of the female participants of that era, and quotes from individuals, insets with mini biographies, and an abundance of period photographs bring the narrative to life. The slow and difficult transition from women acting as helpers on the battlefield to fighting as soldiers alongside their male counterparts is described in detail. A discussion of sexual harassment and racial discrimination sheds light on some of the problems women have faced. Readers will find this book valuable for research and interesting for browsing.

About the Author
Amy Nathan is the award-winning author of several books for young people, including "Meet the Musicians, The Young Musician s Survival Guide, "and "Yankee Doodle Gals". She lives in upstate New York.

Gary Haynes joined United Press International as a photographer in Detroit in 1958. By 1969 he was UPI's assistant managing editor of photography in New York, and later that year was made a national picture editor for The New York Times. From inside UPI, as a shooter and a manager, Haynes saw nearly every UPI picture to move on the network for close to eleven years.
Walter Cronkite was a correspondent for UPI during World War II and then served as an evening news anchor on CBS for nearly 20 years, during which he became known as "the most trusted man in America."