One Woman's Army: The Commanding General of Abu Ghraib Tells Her Story

One Woman s Army The Commanding General of Abu Ghraib Tells Her Story In an outspoken memoir all the powerful in light of recent discoveries Janis Karpinski reveals the true story of the tragic and shameful events of from her first hand experience as commanding gen

  • Title: One Woman's Army: The Commanding General of Abu Ghraib Tells Her Story
  • Author: Janis Karpinski
  • ISBN: 9781401360122
  • Page: 394
  • Format: Paperback
  • In an outspoken memoir all the powerful in light of recent discoveries Janis Karpinski reveals the true story of the tragic and shameful events of 2004 from her first hand experience as commanding general in Iraq Karpinski was the only female general officer commanding troops in a combat zone in Iraq Although she had no training in handling criminal prisoners,In an outspoken memoir all the powerful in light of recent discoveries Janis Karpinski reveals the true story of the tragic and shameful events of 2004 from her first hand experience as commanding general in Iraq Karpinski was the only female general officer commanding troops in a combat zone in Iraq Although she had no training in handling criminal prisoners, she was selected to run Abu Ghraib Now Karpinski takes us inside the prison walls and describes what it was like to interact with the Iraqi prisoners, the corruption within the armed forces, and her meeting with Saddam Hussein, who refused to believe that a woman could be in charge Co written with Newsweek correspondent Steven Strasser, she forcefully argues that the bulk of the blame for the Abu Ghraib scandal goes to the very top of the chain of command to Lieutenant General Sanchez, Ambassador Bremer, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and tells why she has been made the scapegoat Hers is a story of military leaders run amok and a moving portrait of a woman who spent her life defying the odds.

    One thought on “One Woman's Army: The Commanding General of Abu Ghraib Tells Her Story”

    1. Though this book does many things: defends her role in AG scandal, tells the events of her entire military career, overwhelmingly, it seeks to inform readers (particularly male readers who served in the U.S. Armed Forces and those who see the U.S. Armed Forces as for men only) of women’s roles and history in the military; of women’s treatment in the military by men of all ranks. To show what women face in terms of gender discrimination and how they make their own ways within a system that do [...]

    2. An interesting tale from the first woman general in command of a combat zone. Karpinski was also the general in charge of Abu Ghraib, the infamous Iraqi torture prison. Karpinksi writes the book about her career in the Army and in hopes of clearing her name from the scandal. Honestly, I hadn't heard of her until I saw the book. But when I googled her name, it came up with details of the prison torture. Karpinski isn't the best storyteller, and some of her anecdotes fall a bit flat, but the histo [...]

    3. The Brigadier in charge of Abu Gahrib tells her story, from start to finish. Along the way there are a few of the things you would expect: sexual harrassment and gender discrimination in the 1980s Big Army years and the struggle of holding a marriage between 2 soldiers together. There are also things you might not expect, including Karpinski's founding of the women's officer's candidate course in Kuwait during the first Persian Gulf War. The Abu Gahrib sections should be considered along with Er [...]

    4. Partly a defense of her role in the human rights abuses at Abu Ghraib and partly an account of her rise to becoming a one star general serving in wartime, this is a surprisingly readable account and memoir. It seems clear that the military made her a scapegoat but her rise through the ranks serves as a model for all ambitious women pursuing that career.

    5. A strong and level-headed woman tells her side of the story. It's very motivational and I learned a lot from it. She tells her opinions and the flat-out truth unapologetically, and offers no room for compromise when it comes to what she believes.

    6. Karpinski was the general in command of Abu Ghraib, the infamous Iraqi torture prison. The book is an honest look at what went wrong at Abu Ghraib but more than that it is the story of what it's like to be a female in a male dominated military. Karpinski tells all about her struggles to keep her femininity within a macho military machine, how she came to join the military police and her experiences in the Middle East including being awarded a Bronze Star in the 1st Iraqi war. I don't know how I [...]

    7. A well written book that is enjoyable to read. I think it could inspire interesting discussions in a book club.

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