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◎《紐約時報》暢銷書《塔利班與女裁縫》(The Dressmaker of Khair Khana) 作者最新報導文學力作!

「這個令人難忘的故事,描述了女性軍人如何打破軍隊中的黃銅天花板 (brass ceiling)。這些女性為美國服務,展現了當兩種性別的人口都一同參與計畫時,軍隊會變得更強大。此書會帶給你啟發,並讓你記起一股力量,這股力量,伴隨著違抗侷限而來。」──《挺身而進》 作者雪柔.桑德柏格

2010年,美國軍隊建立了一支「文化支持隊」(Cultural Support Teams),簡稱CST。這是一項秘密計畫,將女性軍人安插於阿富汗戰場的特種行動部隊 (Special Operations) 士兵之間。美軍認為,女性在特種行動部隊扮演無可取代的角色:當男性軍人發動襲擊或尋找叛亂者,必須審問住在戰俘營中,戰俘的母親、姊妹、女兒和妻子時,女性軍人則陪同在一旁,對敵軍的家人發揮撫慰人心的作用。更重要的是,這項計畫使得對成年女性搜身,以尋找有無武器,以及蒐集重要情報成為可能。這些女性,建立了女人與女人之間的關係,而這是身處伊斯蘭國家的男性士兵所無法達到的。


然而,這些女性軍人在專業上獲得的肯定,所付出的代價卻是個人的失落與社會疏離──真正了解CST-2分隊女性的人,只有她們彼此。她們之間的友誼,因為影集、電玩遊戲的話題,共同身處的險境與近距離對戰的誘惑力而變得更加緊密。而CST中,靈魂人物Ashley White,是一名受眾人愛戴、能力極強的軍人,也是本書主角。

一如暢銷作品《塔利班與女裁縫》的題材類型與風格,作者呈現給讀者的,是一般人從來不知道的世界。書中描寫的這群女性,因為危險、勇氣與堅毅而產生緊密連結,為了達成「贏得人心」的任務,不只在軍事上獲得勝利,更必須收服人心。《Ashley's War》是一部扣人心弦的戰場紀錄,更是一部關於友誼的感人故事,將改變讀者對於戰爭的看法,也將改變對於服務的意義的詮釋。
In 2010, the Army created Cultural Support Teams, a secret pilot program to insert women alongside Special Operations soldiers battling in Afghanistan. The Army reasoned that women could play a unique role on Special Ops teams: accompanying their male colleagues on raids and, while those soldiers were searching for insurgents, questioning the mothers, sisters, daughters and wives living at the compound. Their presence had a calming effect on enemy households, but more importantly, the CSTs were able to search adult women for weapons and gather crucial intelligence. They could build relationships-woman to woman-in ways that male soldiers in an Islamic country never could. In Ashley's War, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon uses on-the-ground reporting and a finely tuned understanding of the complexities of war to tell the story of CST-2, a unit of women hand-picked from the Army to serve in this highly specialized and challenging role. The pioneers of CST-2 proved for the first time, at least to some grizzled Special Operations soldiers, that women might be physically and mentally tough enough to become one of them. 

The price of this professional acceptance came in personal loss and social isolation: the only people who really understand the women of CST-2 are each other. At the center of this story is a friendship cemented by "Glee," video games, and the shared perils and seductive powers of up-close combat. At the heart of the team is the tale of a beloved and effective soldier, Ashley White. Much as she did in her bestselling The Dressmaker of Khair Khana, Lemmon transports readers to a world they previously had no idea existed: a community of women called to fulfill the military's mission to "win hearts and minds" and bound together by danger, valor, and determination. Ashley's War is a gripping combat narrative and a moving story of friendship-a book that will change the way readers think about war and the meaning of service.


誠品26碼 /2681258112004
ISBN 13 /9780062333827
ISBN 10 /0062333828
EAN /9780062333827