Saturday, January 7, 2012

Welcome to my 2012 reading goal - 12 books on Woman and War


I'm J Hall, from Toronto, Canada. I've been an amateur military historian, and occasional member of the military for over forty years, since I was 8 years old.

One of my goals for 2012 is to read at least 12 books from the "Women and War" book collection I've built up over the years. Over the next 12 months, I'll be reading books about Women in the Fifteenth, Eighteenth, Nineteenth, Twentieth  and Twenty-First centuries, who were involved in or with the military in some capacity. My reading is designed to cover Europe, the UK, Canada, Japan and the USA. I'll be looking at leaders, spies, nurses, doctors, women disguised as men, pilots, sailors and more (I hope.)

I'm starting with "Joan of Arc: A Military Leader" by Kelly Devries.See below for links if you're interested. This book is also available as an e-book in various formats, and don't forget to check your local library for a copy, or to see if you can borrow it through Inter-Library Loan.

This month's reading is dedicated to Pat Galloway, who I saw portraying Joan of Arc in George Bernard Shaw's "Saint Joan" at Stratford, Ontario in the 1970s.

I'll also occasionally be blogging about who I'm not covering and why. Meet the first of these on my next blog. I can almost guarantee you've at least heard of her.

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