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

Karpinski, Janis, and Steven Strasser

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ISBN 10: 1401352472 / ISBN 13: 9781401352479
Published by Hyperion, New York, 2005
Condition: Very Good + Hardcover
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First edition, stated; first printing, full number line. Inscribed, signed, and dated by the author on the half-title page: "To Ed-- / Thank you for your interest. Courage always. / Janis L. Karpinski / 6 Nov 2005." Book is unmarked; slight spine slant; corners sharp, spine ends bumped. The dust jacket is not price-clipped (original price $24.95). Brodart protected. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 007604

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Title: One Woman's Army: The Commanding General of ...

Publisher: Hyperion, New York

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Good +

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition.

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In an ouspoken memoir that is sure to generate controversy, General Janis Karpinski tells the real story of the tragic and shameful events of 2004 from her first-hand experience.

Karpinski had a long, distinguished career in the military: she received a Bronze Star for her service in the Gulf War, and most recently, served as the Commander of the Military Police Brigade and was the first and only female General Officer commanding troops in a combat zone in Iraq. And although she had no training in handling criminal prisoners, she was selected to run Abu Ghraib.

In One Woman's Army, Karpinski takes us inside the prison walls and describes unflinchingly what it was like to interact with the Iraqi prisoners, the corruption within the armed forces and the accompanying private firms, and her meeting with Saddam Hussein, who refused to believe that a woman could be in charge. She talks about what life is really like for women in the armed forces and the tremendous obstacles she has faced.

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 a scapegoat. Hers is a story of military leaders run amok, and a moving portrait of a woman who spent her life defying the odds in pursuit of her dream.

About the Author:

General Janis Karpinski served in the military for over 25 years. She was an Intelligence Commander in Iraq and the only female commander to serve there in the Army Reserves. She attended West Point and the US Army War College, and served in the first Gulf War where she received a Bronze Star. She grew up in New Jersey, and has been married for 30 years to a Lieutenant-Colonel in the army. This is her first book.
Co-writer Steven Strasser is an author and a foreign correspondent for Newsweek. He currently teaches journalism at Rutgers University and lives in Manhattan.

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