9780393060980

Love My Rifle More Than You Cl

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  • ISBN13:

    9780393060980

  • ISBN10:

    0393060985

  • Edition: 00
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2005-09-17
  • Publisher: W W NORTON

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Summary

A brutal and honest account of being a woman among men in the United States Army. "A woman soldier has to toughen herself up" writes Kayla Williams in this fiercely honest account of what it's like to be part of the female 15% of today's Army. "Not just for the enemy, for battle, for death. I mean to toughen herself to spend months awash in a sea of nervy, hyped-up guys...." By turns irreverent, vulnerable, angry, and humane, Williams describes what it's like for a young woman to be surrounded by an ocean of testosterone, respected for her skills and qualifications, but treated variously as a soldier, a sister, a mother, a bitch, and a slut. During her five years of service--including a year of deployment to Iraq during and after the invasion--Williams and her female peers navigate both extreme physical danger and emotional minefields. As a specialist in Military Intelligence, fluent in Arabic language skills, Williams finds herself at the forefront of the troops' interaction with local people. Brave and patriotic, with a strong sense of duty to her country and her fellow soldiers, she is unafraid to level complaints and criticism against the inefficiencies and errors of the military--sketching a blunt portrait, inspired by Ayn Rand, of the U.S. Army as "a vast communist institution." Taking us from Baghdad to Mosul to a remote mountainous outpost on the Syrian border, Williams demonstrates a keen eye for the complexity of the U.S. military's evolving and ultimately deteriorating relations with the Iraqis. Before she leaves the country, she witnesses death up close and sees soldiers cross the line in the handling of prisoners. Through it all--the violence, boredom, and fear as well as the light-hearted moments of humor, comraderie, and flirtation--Kayla Williams brings home with vivid intensity and empathy what it is like for a woman soldier to serve her country today. 8 pages of photographs.

Table of Contents

Prologue 13(5)
Queen for a Year
18(6)
Who I Was
24(16)
Enlisted
40(12)
``Are You Going to War?''
52(5)
FTA
57(7)
How to Prepare for Deployment to Iraq
64(4)
Full Battle Rattle
68(14)
In-Country
82(26)
At the Monastery
108(14)
The Explosion
122(17)
North
139(12)
Mountain Time
151(29)
Free Market
180(16)
Losing It
196(20)
Unceremonious
216(13)
Locked and Loaded
229(14)
Crossing a Line
243(10)
Reading Atlas Shrugged in Mosul
253(19)
Situation Normal
272(12)
Epilogue 284(5)
Acknowledgments 289

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