Ashley's War by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Ashley's War

By Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

  • Release Date: 2015-04-21
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
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In 2010 the U.S. Army Special Operations Command created Cultural Support Teams, a pilot program to put women on the battlefield alongside Army Rangers, Green Berets, Navy SEALs, and other special operations teams on sensitive missions in Afghanistan. The idea was that women could access places and people that had remained out of reach and could build relationships—woman to woman—in ways that male soldiers in a conservative, traditional country could not. Though officially banned from combat, female soldiers could be "attached" to different teams, and for the first time women throughout the Army, the National Guard, and the Reserves heard the call to join male soldiers on special ops missions. Each had her own reason for wanting to serve alongside America's finest fighters—for wanting, as the recruiting poster advertised, "to be part of history."

In Ashley's War, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon uses exhaustive firsthand reporting and a finely tuned understanding of the complexities of war to tell the story of CST-2, a unit of women handpicked from across the Army, and of the remarkable hero at its heart: First Lieutenant Ashley White. Lemmon reveals how First Lieutenant White and the pioneers of CST-2 worked to earn the respect of combat-tested special operations warriors and illuminates the very human stakes of their battlefield successes.

Transporting readers into the little-known world of the CSTs, a community of fierce women bound together by valor, danger, and the desire to serve, Ashley's War is a gripping combat narrative and a testament to the unbreakable bond of friendship born of war.


  • Incredibly Enlightening

    By Lleathco
    I have read A LOT of books. No other book has ever changed my worldview like Ashley’s War has. My understanding of the role of women in the military, especially in combat zones, is so much broader now. Previously, it was hard for me to grasp how women could be integral to a mission and why women would want to go to an active combat zone. I get it now! Ashley’s death was the hardest thing I’ve ever read. It was difficult to get through with all the tears. I felt like someone I knew & cared about had died. I’m pretty sure I will never forget Ashley & will forever carry her warrior spirit in my heart.
  • Fantastic

    By KaseyLiz
    Well written, detailed, kept me engaged and interested the whole way through.
  • Ashley's War

    By Graciepony
    Excellent writing, a great book to read. Open my eyes to how awesome our military men and women really are. I was amazed at the strength and determination that these women possess. I highly recommend this book.
  • Excellent. Book

    By Rater863369
    This book was very well written and it draws you in very quickly.
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