Women Warriors: An Unexpected History

Women Warriors: An Unexpected History

Who says women don't go to war? From Vikings and African queens to cross-dressing military doctors and WWII Russian fighter pilots, these are the stories of women for whom battle was not a metaphor. The woman warrior is always cast as an anomaly--Joan of Arc, not G.I. Jane. But women, it turns out, have always gone to war. In this fascinating, lively, and wide-ranging book, Who says women don't go to war? From Vikings and African queens to cross-dressing military doctors and WWII Russian f...

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Title:Women Warriors: An Unexpected History
Author:Pamela D. Toler
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Genres:History
ISBN:0807064327
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:240 pages pages

Women Warriors: An Unexpected History Reviews

  • Cindy
    Apr 14, 2019
    I had high hopes for this one, but I found it disappointing. One problem was the book description, which led me to believe that this would be more about women warriors as a group, not individually. We do get one chapter near the end about that, but it didn't answer any of my questions ...
  • Krystal
    Apr 04, 2019
    I thought this sounded super interesting, but it was disappointing. The author jumps all over the place (in time and location), and it felt like every time I started getting into one of the stories, it was over. This is a good high-level overview of lots of examples of women fighti...
  • Christine
    Mar 15, 2019
    Disclaimer: I won a copy via a giveaway on Librarything. My brother reads quite a bit of John Keegan. I?m not entirely sure if he has read every book Keegan wrote, but it must be close. Every so often I think I should read Keegan, but then I read something and go, ?yeah, he mig...
  • Debbie
    Jan 10, 2019
    This book is as much about how various cultures (including modern America) have viewed women warriors as it is about the warrior women themselves. Each chapter had several examples of that theme (Queens who led troops, etc.) and each biography was about 3 pages long. The bios covered w...
  • Pamela
    Feb 22, 2019
    Pamela Toler has written an extraordinary book about the role women have played across history as warriors, i.e., women who go to war for their clans, tribes, home, countries. She also discusses how these women have been written out of the history books by, for example, archaeologists ...
  • WhiskeyintheJar/Kyraryker
    Mar 24, 2019
    3.5 stars I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. In fact, women have always gone to war: fighting to avenge their families, defend their homes (or cities or nation), win independenc...
  • Melisende d'Outremer
    Dec 23, 2018
    The author states her intent is to bring women warriors out of the historical shadows; to consider the reasons that they have taken up arms and how those reasons related to their roles; and the consequences of their actions. I am actually going to be very blunt here - this is very b...
  • TammyJo Eckhart
    Mar 14, 2019
    History for many people can be dull but it honestly depends on your teacher or the writer you encounter. History isn't just dates and names you memorize. History is the story of us, humanity. Pamela D. Toler tells us the stories of dozens of women warriors around the world and across t...
  • Devann
    Feb 12, 2019
    I received an ARC copy of this book from Edelweiss This was a very interesting read although I did find it to be a little bit dense in places. If you are going into this expecting it to be like many of those popular 'X number of famous women' books where each women gets a little por...
  • Faith Justice
    Mar 25, 2019
    Just as Women?s History Month closes for 2019, Women Warriors: An Unexpected History joins my research bookshelf with a handful of academically rigorous books. These books on ?women doing unexpected things? include surveys of warrior queens, music composers, mathematicians and ph...
  • Lisa Sanderson-Jacks
    Apr 01, 2019
    This book is pretty well written. the author has a good sense of humor. But if you have plunged the depths of a library or the internet looking for Women Warriors through history this book isn't for you as you most likely already know what is written in this book and it will bore you. ...
  • Melissa
    Apr 13, 2019
    *This review is part of the Amazon Vine program. There are so many women warriors out there that I've never even heard of. A sad reflection of our history books I would imagine. No end to the various wars in history, but of their participants, a very one-sided view. This book seeks ...
  • Carol Kean
    Jan 15, 2019
    Woman as Warrior may seem like an oxymoron, but women have a long history of fighting and taking lives. In the old world view, ?It is no more possible for a mother to kill than for a warrior to give birth,? Pamela D. Toler writes. If you?ve heard of only a few warrior women (n...
  • Sara
    Mar 09, 2019
    On the second page of chapter One, I laughed aloud for the first time, and began to entertain and annoy my family by reading bits to them. It is that kind of book. One crazy colorful story after another. Toler's scholarship is evident, but she writes to entertain, in clear energetic pr...
  • Sullyaugustine
    Apr 23, 2019
    2 stars out of 5 - I read a hardbound from the library over the past few evenings. I managed to finish it, but it was annoying on several levels. The writing itself is barely passable, the ideological cant is annoyingly repetitive, and it's padded out with a huge number of footnotes so...
  • Jane
    Mar 11, 2019
    Fascinating peek into the world of women as warriors. Global, covering millennia of human history. The author spent years gathering this information, with copious footnotes, notes, and bibliography. The oldest female warriors were no doubt nomadic women of the Eurasian steppes; we know...
  • Salliewt
    Mar 29, 2019
    Well done and well-researched. Obviously a lot of work went into this one. One thing the author occasionally mentions is the lack of detailed historical records for some of the women profiled, so sometimes there are more anecdotal histories than recorded ones, which means not all profi...
  • Matt
    Mar 19, 2019
    I received this book via LibraryThing's Early Reviewer program in exchange for an honest review The phrase warrior women evokes many images, most with ?boob? armor as a prominent feature however history tells a different story. Women Warriors: An Unexpected History by Pamela D. ...
  • Jill Meyer
    Jan 06, 2019
    Do you look at the military in the United States and think about how many women are within the ranks? The fighters who patrol the areas at war and that new Seal Team recruit.? Are women fighting a new thing in our armed forces a new thing? "Not so", says historian Pamela Toler. Toler, ...
  • Lisa Simmons
    Mar 15, 2019
    Pamela Toler has written a very extensively researched book of some of the women warriors throughout history in her book, ?Women Warriors: An Unexpected History?. She covers the middle period of women of history. I had hoped their might be more on women from more cultures and relig...
  • Hjorprimul
    Mar 25, 2019
    Another book I really wanted to like. The subject matter is something that's always interested me, and I had high hopes. What made it so disappointing was how the chapters were formatted, I think it would have had a better flow and not been so jarring had the subjects been organized...
  • Jenny Jo Weir
    Jun 20, 2019
    I?m a sucker for war books! This one is a compilation of women warriors. It tells the story of many battles/ wars and the acts of the women who fought in them. It goes from Joan of Arc to the Amazonian Scythians, and everything in between. It was informative and eye opening. I made m...
  • Teri Case
    Mar 20, 2019
    I have the ebook, WOMEN WARRIORS by Pamela D. Toler, but I just have to read it again, but with a physical book in hand. It's a keeper and one to be revisited as needed. This is the second time that Pamela D. Toler has hooked me with history and strong women. She also wrote the non-fic...
  • Sumit RK
    May 26, 2019
    I am not afraid... I was born to do this ~ Joan of Arc . Throughout History, most cultures have considered warfare to be the domain of men. Despite that, many fearsome female fighters have made an indelible mark on history. Some are remembered in their home countries as national ...
  • Twilie
    May 06, 2019
    If the title was Women Warriors: A Feminist Manifesto, I would understand the reasoning behind why the author wrote the book in this way. I didn't find any new content here or any more information about female warriors that isn't either commonly known, or can be known by a brief onl...
  • Jackie
    Apr 25, 2019
    I did not finish this book, but i think it?s important. I am not that into history for its own sake and this hook quickly got old. However, i think it?s a good book as a resource for girls of high-school age to shoe them what life could be like, or to help them choose a subject for...
  • Spencer Gill
    Apr 14, 2019
    While this is an excellent, inspiring survey of the concept I'm docking it one star for a relatively insensitive use of language around likely historical trans men, but only one star because the author is clearly trying. ...
  • Mimi
    Jan 20, 2019
    Interesting primer on female warriors throughout history, with a nice balance time- and location-wise. If you already read up on the subject, you can pretty much skip this one, I already knew about most women mentioned... Nevertheless a good starting point if you are interested in th...
  • Amalia Gavea
    Mar 16, 2019
    Just so you know, the next idiot who writes to me to tell me my review is wrong gets reported. You have been warned... In the Introduction, the writer refers to Joan of Arc, Jeanne Hachette and Lakshmi Bai and then moves on to...Wonder Woman and a thing called ''Black Panther'' whic...
  • Alaura
    Jul 14, 2019
    This book sparked my inner Xenia! There was so much to learn and so much to be proud of as a woman. We have inexcusably been damn nearly written out of history books all together because of the male ego. It is time we start teaching our girls that girls can make history too! There were...