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Dancing in Combat Boots [Paperback]

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When the going got tough during World War II, America's women got going. By the millions, housewives and mothers took off their aprons and stepped into factories, offices, hospitals-anywhere capable hands were needed to replace those of the husbands and sons now battling overseas. The eleven fictional stories in this remarkable collection are based on real women whose experiences were at once typical and extraordinary. Irene bucks rivets in an aircraft factory while Doris learns to pilot military planes. Marjorie survives the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor while Jean spends three years under guard in a Japanese internment camp. Lucy joins the segregated Women's Army Corp and Kathryn joins the Red Cross-shipping off to the front lines where she dances in combat boots with American GIs. From the topsy-turvy days following Pearl Harbor, through four long years of hardship, to the post-war campaigns to put women back in their place, these stories reveal the many facets of women's lives as they gave their all for the war effort.

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Pages   184
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.8" Width: 4.8" Height: 0.4"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2007
Publisher   Bailiwick Press
ISBN  1934649007  
ISBN13  9781934649008  

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Dancing in Combat Boots  May 20, 2008
Teresa Funke has captured the feelings of the women who were a part of the WWII time. I was most impressed with her stories. We have a picture of a soldier sketched by one of the artists with Disney. The stories bring feelings alive. Thanks Teresa.
Dancing In Combat Boots  Mar 8, 2008
In Dancing With Combat Boots Teresa Funke gives fresh insight into the lives of women who were impacted by World War Two. Many of the women depicted in her novel served in the armed forces during the war. Some dealt with the war's impact at home. All have a riveting tale about how the war changed the course of their lives. This is a must read for anyone interested in learning about true courage, strength and heroism off the battlefield. Each individual story is a compelling vignette of how these women's lives were shaped by the war, and how they confronted the challenges presented to them. Reading their stories was inspiring.The author does a superb job of presenting various viewpoints, and through them,giving the reader historical background that is both interesting and educational. I would highly recommend this book to anyone and find it to be suitable for classroom reading.
Wonderful Stories  Nov 12, 2007
Dancing in Combat Boots presents wonderful stories skillfully told about the role of women in World War II. Teresa Funke covers a remarkable range of perspectives including Red Cross Volunteers, Woman's Army Corps enlistees, Japanese internees and others. Ms. Funke paints a masterful portrait of women before, during, and after the war. In my mind she has created the flip side of Tom Brokaw's Greatest Generation.
First Rate Historical Fiction  Oct 11, 2007
Teresa Funke's first novel, "Remember Wake," was a good tale. "Dancing in Combat Boots" is a cut above. This short story collection is remarkable for its overall attention to craft and excellence. It's clear that the author invested sweat and passion in the topic (the role of women in World War II). The stories are based on actual case histories, so the tales ring true. What surprises is the quality of the prose. The author is authentic, original and altogether fresh. I highly recommend this book.

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