Reporting Under Fire: 16 Daring Women War Correspondents and Photojournalists
“Private” Peggy Hill received her promotion because she was tough. After four days of sleeping in a tent and marching with enlisted men in the Ohio National Guard, the promotion allowed her to eat with the officers, skip the meal lines and, more importantly, proved that a women journalist in 1916 could deal with a lot. Peggy Hill embedding with the Ohio National Guard with General Pershing’s troops as they fought Mexican bandit Pancho Villa is only the first of a collection of inspiring actions by women war correspondents beginning in the early 20th century, all showing that women like Peggy can be tough.
"With an informative and engaging style, Kerrie Logan Hollihan makes this nonfiction biography read like an exciting adventure."
REPORTING UNDER FIRE examines the lives and work of 16 extraordinary women war correspondents in a captivating narrative, interspersing important historical events with the stories of the women trying to report those events as they happened. Including photographs, fun anecdotes and actual samples of their work, this book allows the reader to experience the lives of important women journalists and photographers. Beginning in depth during World War One with Peggy Hill and continuing until the present with Robin Wright and Martha Raddatz, the book runs a continuous storyline through time, picking up the storyline of a new woman’s career as the previous woman bows out.
With an informative and engaging style, Kerrie Logan Hollihan makes this nonfiction biography read like an exciting adventure, sharing everything from women dressing as men to get the scoop to risky life-threatening encounters for women living in a warzone. Whether it is Bessie Beatty and Louise Bryant witnessing the Bolshevik overthrow of the winter palace in Russia during 1917 or Marguerite Higgins hurriedly typing up a story on the back of a jeep in South Korea during the Cold War, this book is definitely worth the read.
Reviewed by Emily P., Teen Board Member on July 7, 2014