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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Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:400 pages pages

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

  • Julie
    Apr 15, 2019
    Wow. Seriously impressive women! The ?Night Witches?, as the Germans called them, were three regiments of female pilots and ground crew from the USSR. They flew hundreds of dangerous missions at night, and did it often in 30 below weather, terrible storms, and with all kinds of oth...
  • 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...
  • Jamie
    Mar 25, 2019
    5 * for the research, 3* for the execution. There are lots of tidbits of good stories in here about the many women who flew as combat pilots in Russia during WW2. There are photographs, informative sidebars. What is missing is a directory of characters in some form, either a list or...
  • Bonnie
    Apr 07, 2019
    Another teaching moment for me. Who knew young (late teens, early 20s) Russian women were flying training missions, then combat and resupply missions during WWII against the Germans, working harder than their male pilots sometimes on very little sleep and all of them completing more th...
  • 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...
  • Brandy Painter
    Mar 31, 2019
    This contains a lot of interesting information, but it is lacking in cohesion. I feel like it could have used longer time in the editing process. However, it is definitely still worth the read. ...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Marcie
    Apr 13, 2019
    I've been obsessed with the story of the Night Witches ever since I learned about them on a podcast five or six years ago. Learning that the perfect author for this topic, Elizabeth Wein, had written a nonfiction book for a teen audience? It was just so perfect, I had to read it. Of...
  • Jen
    May 10, 2019
    I love Wein's historical fiction. This book reflects the same amazing research and ease of language, though it did end up feeling a bit long to me, and I felt the language was a little simple for the intended age range to begin with. This might have been primarily because I've recently...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Rachel Marie
    Apr 05, 2019
    This was fascinating to read and has a lot of interesting tidbit facts. I don't think it flowed well and felt very choppy. And because its Elizabeth Wein and I LOVED Code Name Verity and Rose Under Fire I felt a bit underwhelmed by this one. Yes, its nonfiction. But it FEELS long while...
  • 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. ...
  • Elianna
    May 09, 2019
    I have always been impressed with Elizabeth Wein?s works - Code Name Verity and The Pearl Thief are my two favorites. When I discovered she was writing a non-fiction book, I was excited, to say the least. I waited in anticipation for A Thousand Sisters to be released. It took me se...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Olivia
    Feb 20, 2019
    Quite interesting but kind of long. ...
  • Grace
    Apr 01, 2019
    This book is a true story of trimuphs and losses, set during world war II. I really enjoyed reading this book because Elizabeth E. Wein is very good at describing stuff. I felt like I was actually in the airplanes with the women pilots. I actually was suprised at Russia being the first...