(See all my Book Reviews and Author Interviews) – Author Mari K. Eder published the book “The Girls Who Stepped Out of Line: Untold Stories of the Women Who Changed the Course of World War II” in 2021. It was released a few days ago. This is the first publication by retired US Army major general Eder.
The book tells the stories of women who rose to extraordinary levels. Each met the challenges of what was happening around them in WWII. Most I had never heard of before. They served in many different ways. One was a journalist. Some helped Jews escape from Nazi Germany. Another was a young girl held in a Japanese POW camp in China. Several served in an official capacity – OSS, SOE, WASP, WAVE, WAC, or Nurse.
Each chapter of this book tells the story of a different exceptional woman. Most but not all are women from the US. This book will appeal to those interested in WWII. It will also serve as an inspiration to young girls.
I enjoyed the 6.5+ hours I spent reading this 400-page WWII history. The book did not just dwell on the women’s WWII experiences. Their later lives and accomplishments are also discussed. In the later chapters, I did begin to feel that the book was getting a little repetitive. It is a very readable history. Perhaps a few chapters should have been left out and those expanded into a second book along the same lines. I give this book a 3.8 (rounded up to a 4) out of 5.
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If you have an interest in the WWII era of history, you may find these three pages of interest.
- The “World War II Resources” page is a constantly growing collection of more than 560 links to museums, memorials, websites, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds, and other sources with information on the World War II era in history.
- The “World War II Timeline” page expands almost daily and shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.
- The About WWII page is a collection of links to posts that I have made over the years that are relevant to WWII.