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As she did so provocatively with military spouses in Army Wives, Tanya Biank gives us the inside story of women in today’s military—their professional and personal challenges from the combat zone to the home front.

Since 9/11, more than 240,000 women have fought in Iraq and Afghanistan—more than 140 have died there, and they currently make up 14 percent of the total active-duty forces. Despite advances, today’s servicewomen are constantly pressed to prove themselves, to overcome challenges men never face, and to put the military mission ahead of all other aspects of their lives, particularly marriage and motherhood. In this groundbreaking insider’s look at the women defending our nation, Tanya Biank brings to light the real issues—femininity, belonging to an old boys’ club, veiled discrimination, dating, marriage problems, separation from children, questions about life goals, career trajectories, and self-worth—that servicewomen are facing by focusing on four individual stories.

Brigadier General Angela Salinas, the Marine Corps’ first Hispanic female general, faces the challenge of commanding an all-male institution. Second Lieutenant Bergan Flannigan finds herself on the front lines in Afghanistan, serving in the same military police company as her husband. As a marine drill instructor, Sergeant Amy Stokley demands the very best from the recruits at Parris Island. And Major Candice O’Brien deals with deployment to Afghanistan, with two young children and a strained marriage back home.

Undaunted is the story of these courageous trailblazers—their struggles, sacrifices, and triumphs in the name of serving the country they love.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A fascinating, eye-opening account of the women in uniform who put their lives on the line every day for the sake of their nation.”

    W. E. B. Griffin, New York Times bestselling author

  • Undaunted contains fascinating multiple portraits of the real-life experiences of women in the military, from young enlisted women to a seasoned and celebrated general. Tanya Biank explores these lives with inside knowledge, compassion, and wit. This important book reads like a novel, and as I read, I couldn’t wait to see how these brave women’s lives would unfold.”

    Amy Dickinson, New York Times bestselling author

  • “To many traditional men, especially those who have known the rigors of military service, the question often is, why would women want to take on this challenging life? By the end of Tanya Biank’s fine book, Undaunted, the answer is clear: because they want to do it, and they can do it. In short, women have a right to achieve their fullest potential and pursue their dreams no less than men in any field. The four women the author traces demonstrate that when the will, the ability, and love of country are there, gender makes no difference in a soldier, sailor, or marine.”

    Joseph E. Persico, New York Times bestselling author

  • Undaunted is a vivid, even thrilling work…Biank makes the reader feel you are there with four extraordinary, yet very human women who have chosen the profession of arms. Following their remarkable journeys not only sheds light on a pivotal moment in our cultural history, but also provides fresh meaning to the time-honored military values of ‘Honor, Courage, Commitment.’”

    Jeff Melvoin, executive producer of Army Wives

  • “Biank is a skilled biographer, providing contextual snapshots of America’s military with each passing year. Her immersion in each woman’s state of mind makes these stories read almost like a novel, and the clarity of detail, from cadet slang to the social politics on base, reveals the thoroughness of her research…These engaging glimpses into the life of military women are more than worth reading.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • Undaunted is truly riveting. Tanya Biank is masterful in teasing out anecdotes from those profiled and presenting them in a compelling manner. These personal stories and experiences help paint a more complete picture of female service members and what they go through in service to our country. The stories remind us that while our service members gracefully bear the burden of protecting our liberties, they sometimes do so at great personal cost. By the time you turn the final page, you feel privileged to have been afforded a glimpse into the lives of these trailblazers.”

    Sue Hoppin, founder and president of the National Military Spouse Network and author of A Family’s Guide to the Military for Dummies

  • Undaunted expertly captures the struggle women face in the rapidly changing twenty-first-century military. Enlightening and engrossing, the book weaves in little-known facts about the invaluable role women have played throughout the history of the United States military. If you have ever wondered what it takes for women service members to ‘be all they can be,’ you must read this book.”

    Siobhan Fallon, author of You Know When the Men Are Gone

  • “Biank analyzes the increasingly important role played by women in the military…An eye-opening account of a military in transition.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Devin M. D. | 8/7/2013

    " Oh this book was wonderful. I really enjoy Tanya Biank's writing style--she takes a non-fiction subject and writes it like a fiction book, it's easy to read and hard to put down! Recommended. "

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About the Author

Tanya Biank is an author and a journalist. Her book Army Wives is the basis for Lifetime’s hit series of the same name, and she serves as a consultant to the show. Tanya is the daughter, sister, and wife of army colonels, and during her days as a newspaper reporter she traveled around the world with troops. Her coverage of the Fort Bragg army wife murders in 2002 led to congressional inquiries and changes in US Army policy. Her work has appeared in a number of publications, including the New York Times.