Pure Grit Book Review


Pure Grit: How American World War II Nurses Survived Battle and Prison Camp in the Pacific

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Pure Grit  – In the early 1940s, young women enlisted for peacetime duty as U.S. Army nurses. But when the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 blasted the United States into World War II, 101 American Army and Navy nurses serving in the Philippines were suddenly treating wounded and dying soldiers while bombs exploded all around them.

Pure Grit

The women served in jerry-rigged jungle hospitals on the Bataan Peninsula and in underground tunnels on Corregidor Island. Later, when most of them were captured by the Japanese as prisoners of war, they suffered disease and near-starvation for three years. Pure Grit is a story of sisterhood and suffering, of tragedy and betrayal, of death and life. The women cared for one another, maintained discipline, and honored their vocation to nurse anyone in need—all 101 coming home alive.

The book is illustrated with archival photographs and includes an index, glossary, and timeline.

We recently got a chance to read this amazing book by Mary Cronk Farrell, that pays tribute to the heroism and determination of the extraordinary women who cared for sick and wounded while facing their own illness, lack of food and medical supplies, and the knowledge that they might never return home. This book is a must read with real photographs and it sure will keep young readers interested in finding out more about the hard times and how heroic these women were.

Definitely a must read not only because we are in the Year of Military Women, or because the Women’s History Month is approaching, but because this book is educational and an excellent read for readers of all ages.

About the Author: An award-winning journalist, Mary Cronk Farrell’s books have received many accolades and a SPUR Award. She lives in Spokane, WA.

Pure Grit is perfect for ages 10 and up, with 160 pages and it’s available from February 2014.


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