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Author: Janis Karpinski, Steven Strasser Narrator: Bernadette Dunne Publisher: Random House Audio Audio Length: Release Date: December 2005 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781415926710

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When Janis Karpinski first saw the photos of abuse at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, she felt the walls of her Baghdad office closing in on her. She recognized that the soldiers shown grinning over the naked, cowering Iraqi detainees serves under her command. Military justice already had swept up the seven MPs charged in the abuse case–and Karpinski soon learned that the system was about to turn on her. Here is the inside story of the first female general ever to command troops in a combat zone, and of how the scandal destroyed her career. It traces the rise of a groundbreaking woman from the Republican suburbs of New Jersey to a commanding position in a man's army. Karpinski earned her general's insignia as a master parachutist, recipient of the Bronze Star in the first Gulf war, and as the leader chosen for a special mission to train Arab women as a fighting force in the Middle East. In Iraq, Karpinski and her 3,400 U.S. soldier faced the biggest challenge of all: rebuilding a civilian prison system left in shambles by Saddam Hussein. She describes the ordeal of serving in a violent landscape populated by U.S. commanders flailing at a growing insurgency, and by the specter of the captive Saddam, who showed surprise at meeting a female general and refused to believe that Karpinski could be in charge of his incarceration. In the end, Karpinski accepts her share of responsibility for the abuses, but raises larger question: why was she the most prominent target of the investigations?

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  • “Sobering reading for all women warriors.”

    - Evening Standard (London)
  • “A completely fascinating look at a troubling event from the perspective of a woman who has been on the frontline.”

    - Booklist

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    " 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. "

    - Lydia, 2/15/2012
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 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. "

    - Lydia, 6/7/2010

About the Author

General Janis Karpinski served in the military for over twenty-five years, and was an intelligence commander in Iraq. 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 thirty years to a Lieutenant-Colonel in the army. One Woman’s Army is her first book.

About the Narrator

Bernadette Dunne is the winner of more than a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards and has twice been nominated for the prestigious Audie Award. She studied at the Royal National Theatre in London and the Studio Theater in Washington, DC, and has appeared at the Kennedy Center and off Broadway.