A Thousand Sisters: The Heroic Airwomen of the Soviet Union in World War II

A Thousand Sisters: The Heroic Airwomen of the Soviet Union in World War II

The gripping true story of the only women to fly in combat in World War II?from Elizabeth Wein, award-winning author of Code Name Verity In the early years of World War II, Josef Stalin issued an order that made the Soviet Union the first country in the world to allow female pilots to fly in combat. Led by Marina Raskova, these three regiments, including the 588th Night Bom The gripping true story of the only women to fly in combat in World War II?from Elizabeth Wein, award-winning aut...

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Title:A Thousand Sisters: The Heroic Airwomen of the Soviet Union in World War II
Author:Elizabeth E. Wein
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:A Thousand Sisters: The Heroic Airwomen of the Soviet Union in World War II
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Number of Pages:400 pages pages

A Thousand Sisters: The Heroic Airwomen of the Soviet Union in World War II Reviews

  • Kelly
    Jan 14, 2019
    An engaging and sharply written story about the Soviet Night Witches of World War II. I'm not a war history fan, so battle stuff here did nothing for me, but all of the social aspects of their stories were absolutely engrossing for me. I'm thrilled this is the trim size it is, too, mak...
  • Anne
    Feb 15, 2019
    3.5 stars The non-fiction version of Lasky's The Night Witches. A very informative look at how the Russian women flew and fought during WWII. I had an ARC, so many of the pictures were not yet finalized. It was fascinating how Russia was advanced beyond all other nations in regards to...
  • Mary
    Dec 16, 2018
    I have never enjoyed reading stories of battles, so that accounts for the 4, rather than 5, star rating. One of the things I particularly liked about this book was that I learned not only about the Soviet Union during WWII, but also during WWI and the interim. And about the United Stat...
  • Ms. Yingling
    Dec 20, 2018
    ARC provided by Young Adult Books Central Even after almost 70 years, World War II remains a topic of fascination for middle grade readers, mainly because there are so many untold stories. One area that is ripe for exploration in the US is the activities of the Russian military duri...
  • Julie
    Dec 05, 2018
    This was really good! It's not too in depth, so it'll definitely work well for younger audiences, but it's still a thorough look at how the push for these regiments started, their efforts through the war, and what happened after. It doesn't shy away from grisly moments or death, either...
  • Tracey
    Mar 05, 2019
    4.5 stars - I loved Elizabeth Wein's historical fiction, but here she tells the fascinating true story of the Soviet women pilots during WWII. They struggled to get permission to fly in combat, but once they did, their courage and determination made them heroes. And at the same time, w...
  • Jordan Finch
    Feb 14, 2019
    After writing such amazing historical fiction related to women pilots and WWII, it's no surprise that Wein has stepped into the non-fiction realm to write about some of the most famous female pilots of the war, the airwomen of the Soviet Union. Honestly, I had very little knowledge ...
  • Kim McGee
    Dec 05, 2018
    Not many people are familiar with the brave Night Witches, a group of pilots who flew countless bombing missions during WWII. This is most likely due to these reasons - they were all women, Russian and they were told not to discuss what they did during the war and the pivotal role they...
  • Saundra
    Jan 30, 2019
    Yes, this! ...
  • K.
    Feb 08, 2019
    Trigger warnings: war, plane crash, death, fire. I was reeeeeeeeeally intrigued to read this given how much I've loved Code Name Verity and Rose Under Fire. Plus, I've always wanted to learn more about the Night Witches. This was fascinating from start to finish. The experiences of ...
  • laurel [suspected bibliophile]
    Jan 23, 2019
    I've been a reader and fan of the history of the Night Witches since I found a battered hardback in my middle school library about the only all-women aviation combat unit in World War II. Since then, it's been hard finding information on them, but in the four years or so there have bee...
  • Joe
    Mar 03, 2019
    Targeted at YA, I think. Interesting but the explanations of World War II seemed odd. ...
  • Leonard Kim
    Feb 27, 2019
    Listened to audiobook. If someone wanted to find something problematic here, it would be easy. For starters, the successful formation of the regiments certainly appears to owe something to Raskova's closeness to Stalin. Though Wein describes the horrors of Stalinism, the fact is that t...
  • Trisha Perry
    Nov 24, 2018
    This is more of a non fiction book of the famous women that made up the Night Witches Regiment of the Soviet Union, one of three regiments of women you still don't hear much about on the history channel or in history books but made such a big difference in the war they fought and died ...
  • Ellie J.
    Oct 31, 2018
    5/5 stars Recommended for people who like: WWII, history, women's stories, perseverance, aviation history, Soviet history, feminism, other books by Elizabeth Wein, narrative nonfiction I got this book as an ARC from a contest, I was not required or asked to write a review. ...
  • Iffah Zehra
    Mar 02, 2019
    By bringing attention to this little-known history, this novel just might help inspire some young readers to change that. Rating Book: ????? (3,9/5) ...
  • viktoria
    Dec 03, 2018
    So, this means we're going to get a Night Witches novel by Elizabeth Wein soon, right? ...
  • Rose
    Jan 13, 2019
    **Disclaimer** I won this ARC from a Goodreads giveaway. This doesn't chance my review, but I thought I should mention it. I wasn't required to write this review, it just seemed polite to do so after getting a free book. ???.5 Stars actually. One day Goodreads will give us hal...
  • Sarah
    Feb 18, 2019
    This is Elizabeth Wein at her Elizabeth Wein-est. Turns out she's as great at writing non-fiction about female pilots as she is at writing fiction about them. This is young adult non-fiction, so it doesn't delve deeply into the women's lives outside of their service during WWII, but it...
  • Berna
    Jan 30, 2019
    Elizabeth Wein never disappoints. ...
  • Britt
    Feb 11, 2019
    When I say a book about female aviators in World War II, you say Elizabeth Wein. When I first picked up this book, I thought it would be fiction, however, I was caught off guard when I realized that this book is a biography about several amazing Russian women who served as fighter ...
  • Kimberly Larsen
    Jan 29, 2019
    Excellent and informative book. In the Soviet Union, nearly 1/3 of fighter pilots were women at the time. (Contrast that with the U.S. situation..Amelia Earhart was an anomoly...most women weren't given the opportunity to be pilots). A challenging read but enjoyable (narrative NF) and ...
  • Mattie Richards
    Feb 22, 2019
    y a l l read this ...
  • Jennifer Waters
    Feb 12, 2019
    Loved the personal stories interwoven with the overall stories of the three regiments, both put in context with the rest of the war and what other countries thought about the use of women in war. A wonderful overview! ...
  • Patrick
    Feb 24, 2019
    Though written for a young adult audience, Wein definitely provides a plethora of quality information about the pilots of the 586th, 587th and 588th regiments. Lots of first-hand accounts written by the pilots, navigators and ground crew exist, many in English, and Wein has done a good...
  • Lucy Meeker
    Feb 11, 2019
    Great book. I love reading about how women contributed to the war effort. So much of war is told through the eyes and lens of men, so this book was very refreshing to read and truly inspirational. It was a fantastic read and I would recommend it to just about anyone. ...
  • Deidre Butkus
    Jan 27, 2019
    Typically when I read WWII historical books, I read about Germany?s involvement. This book focuses on Russia?s involvement in the war. From page one, this book hooked me. It?s a nonfiction book but reads like a fiction book. Elizabeth Wein has done her homework, beautifully weavi...
  • Gretchen Malik
    Feb 27, 2019
    Fascinating subject matter, but this didn't measure up to Wein's usual historical fiction caliber. It felt disjointed and long winded. I'd never heard of female fighter pilots in WWII (coincidentally, Russian only allowed female pilots to begin military training again in 2017, 60 years...
  • Olivia
    Feb 20, 2019
    Quite interesting but kind of long. ...
  • Levynn
    Feb 06, 2019
    It was informative, and fairly well written. ...