Janis Karpinski has led a distinguished military career for over 25 years. She attended West Point and the US Army War College and received a Bronze Star for her role in Desert Storm.
Karpinski, who was in charge of the infamous Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq when the prisoner abuse occurred, tells the story of her struggle to rebuild Saddam's cruel prison system. She describes the horrendous conditions in the prison that soldiers and inmates alike endured and the lack of support she received from her superiors. In the end, she was made the scapegoat and released from her command. Most fascinating here is Karpinski's life story: she and her husband joined the army to see the world together, but that promise was not fulfilled. All through her service, the "old boy" network, almost all officers, discriminated against her. She served in Desert Storm and spent six years in the United Arab Emirates training a female army. Her description of women's lives in Saudi Arabia and other Arab fundamentalist-ruled countries is absorbing. Bernadette Dunne does a wonderful job; we can hear the no-nonsense yet feminine tone in her voice. Highly recommended for biography sections of public and academic libraries.-Ilka Gordon, Park Synagogue Lib., Pepper Pike, OH Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.