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The riveting, untold history of a group of heroic women reporters who revolutionized the narrative of World War II — from Martha Gellhorn, who out-scooped her husband, Ernest Hemingway, to Lee Miller, a Vogue cover model turned war correspondent.

"Thrilling from the first page to the last." (Mary Gabriel, author of Ninth Street Women)

"Just as women are so often written out of war, so it seems are the female correspondents. Mackrell corrects this omission admirably with stories of six of the best…Mackrell has done us all a great service by assembling their own fascinating stories." (New York Times Book Review)

On the front lines of the Second World War, a contingent of female journalists were bravely waging their own battle. Barred from combat zones and faced with entrenched prejudice and bureaucratic restrictions, these women were forced to fight for the right to work on equal terms with men.

The Correspondents follows six remarkable women as their lives and careers intertwined: Martha Gellhorn, who got the scoop on Ernest Hemingway on D-Day by traveling to Normandy as a stowaway on a Red Cross ship; Lee Miller, who went from being a Vogue cover model to the magazine’s official war correspondent; Sigrid Schultz, who hid her Jewish identity and risked her life by reporting on the Nazi regime; Virginia Cowles, a “society girl columnist” turned combat reporter; Clare Hollingworth, the first English journalist to break the news of World War II; and Helen Kirkpatrick, the first woman to report from an Allied war zone with equal privileges to men.

From chasing down sources and narrowly dodging gunfire to conducting tumultuous love affairs and socializing with luminaries like Eleanor Roosevelt, Picasso, and Man Ray, these six women are captured in all their complexity. With her gripping, intimate, and nuanced portrait, Judith Mackrell celebrates these courageous reporters who risked their lives for the scoop.

©2021 Judith Mackrell (P)2021 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Important and insightful.... In telling the interwoven stories of how six bold, ambitious, fearless women reported on the Second World War and its aftermath, Mackrell tells the story of the war itself but in a radical new way." (Anne Sebba, author of Les Parisiennes)

 

"Gripping.... One of the best books I have read in years. It is thrilling from the first page to the last." (Mary Gabriel, author of Ninth Street Women)

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Narration was nails on a chalkboard

The subject matter is great and the writing enjoyable. I was so excited about this book I preordered it. The narration was horrible. The weird shifts in tone, pronunciation, and accent were nausea inducing. Was she trying to do a generic American accent? It almost put me off finishing the book.

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A way to learn about female war correspondents of WW11

I learn much about the female war correspondents of WW-2 by listening to this book- you will too.

The only real negative is the regularly reading of the foot notes through out the entire book. Not only was the reading of foot notes not important but Annoying as well.
I enjoyed the book even with this mistake of the author.

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Very important historical book

I was born in 1944 and thus had no direct knowledge of the war. I have done much reading about the war but thus book was instrumental in filling in many gaps in my knowledge. I really did enjoy the book and it's bringing together of the many stories of the women in this book