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Army Wives: The Unwritten Code of Military Marriage MP3 CD – Audiobook, 15 Jun 2008

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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; MP3 edition (15 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423357310
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423357315
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.3 x 19 cm
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...a timely look at the impact of combat and military life on the families the soldiers leave behind. "The Washington Post"

"Army Wives "captivates readers with an up close and personal look into the 'real' everyday lives and challenges of Army spouses. Kudos to Ms. Biank for portraying each spouse's story with such heartfelt compassion. Victoria M. Parham, Host of Military Spouse Talk Radio

Tanya Biank has written a stunningly detailed, eye-opening account of what it is really like to be an Army wife. "Army Wives "demonstrates that while it is tough to be a soldier, it can be even tougher to be the wife of a soldier. "Army Wives "should be required reading for every military spouse and all those who are considering marrying into the military. Ron Martz, Military affairs correspondent, Atlanta Journal-Constitution and co-author of Heavy Metal: A Tank Company's Battle to Baghdad

Tanya Biank captures the atmosphere of military living and the pressure brought to bear on young wives to measure up as partners in their husbands' careers. . . In reading this detailed and insightful book we receive some hope in the fact that the military administration has recognized and has taken steps to support both husbands and wives in the future. Ann Jordan Klunder, National President, The Society of Daughters of the United States Army

Biank's novelistic sense of detail and suspense vividly demonstrates how the Army could bring couples closer together or it could rip relationships apart.' Army wives cope with unpredictable deployments and struggle to raise children alone, often on small paychecks, in a community both tightknit and sharply judgmental. Army wives serve, too, ' says Biank in an institution ambivalent about families. She makes sympathetic both their pride and their tragedies. "Publishers Weekly"

Biank has strong credentials for understanding and explaining army culture: in addition to having been a military reporter, she is the daughter and wife of army officers. Her very readable and thoughtful book delves into a rarely studied segment of the army. "Library Journal"

Biank has created a vivid picture of life today as a military spouse. "Kirkus Reviews"

Tanya Biank's experience as a reporter has produced a candid and detailed study of her subjects and a riveting story, certain to engage Army wives of all generations. The incidents described and the issues surfaced in Ms. Biank's hard-hitting piece surely will get her readers' attentions and will cause us to say to each other, Now, what can we do about it?' Joanne Patton, the wife of Major General George S. Patton and the daughter-in-law of General George S. Patton, Jr.

From tragic to bittersweet, this is the untold story of the wives of our Army warriors--a powerful look for civilians and soldiers alike into the lives of women who each day embrace Duty, Honor, Sacrifice. W.E.B. Griffin

In "Under the Sabers," Tanya Biank invites civilians into the military world, a foreign culture. She introduces us to the true meaning of honor and duty as we see the strains on wives with a spouse serving in a war zone. She richly describes the bonds among military families that serve to support a wife during her spouse's deployments and simultaneously may limit her autonomy. Under the Sabers shows that military families are both the hidden casualties of war and a resilient group who meet the challenges for growth during every deployment. Tanya Biank helps those of us who work with families of deployed soldiers become better able to understand and serve them. Dr. Jaine L. Darwin, PsyD Harvard professor, Clinical Instructor in Psychology, Harvard Medical School and Co-Director, SOFAR, Strategic Outreach to Families of All Reservists

Thank you for putting a voice to the hardships and triumphs of this military life. Tara Crooks, host of Army Wife Talk Radio

A very realistic and enjoyable read about the pains and pleasures of military life. "www.militarybrat.com""

..".a timely look at the impact of combat and military life on the families the soldiers leave behind." --The Washington Post

"Army Wives captivates readers with an up close and personal look into the 'real' everyday lives and challenges of Army spouses. Kudos to Ms. Biank for portraying each spouse's story with such heartfelt compassion." --Victoria M. Parham, Host of Military Spouse Talk Radio

"Tanya Biank has written a stunningly detailed, eye-opening account of what it is really like to be an Army wife. Army Wives demonstrates that while it is tough to be a soldier, it can be even tougher to be the wife of a soldier. Army Wives should be required reading for every military spouse and all those who are considering marrying into the military." --Ron Martz, Military affairs correspondent, Atlanta Journal-Constitution and co-author of Heavy Metal: A Tank Company's Battle to Baghdad

"Tanya Biank captures the atmosphere of military living and the pressure brought to bear on young wives to measure up as partners in their husbands' careers. . . In reading this detailed and insightful book we receive some hope in the fact that the military administration has recognized and has taken steps to support both husbands and wives in the future." --Ann Jordan Klunder, National President, The Society of Daughters of the United States Army

..".Biank's novelistic sense of detail and suspense vividly demonstrates how 'the Army...could bring couples closer together...or it could rip relationships apart.' Army wives cope with unpredictable deployments and struggle to raise children alone, often on small paychecks, in a community both tightknit and sharply judgmental. 'Army wives serve, too, ' says Biank - in an institution ambivalent about families. She makes sympathetic both their pride and their tragedies." --Publishers Weekly

"Biank has strong credentials for understanding and explaining army culture: in addition to having been a military reporter, she is the daughter and wife of army officers. Her very readable and thoughtful book delves into a rarely studied segment of the army." --Library Journal

"Biank has created a vivid picture of life today as a military spouse." --Kirkus Reviews

"Tanya Biank's experience as a reporter has produced a candid and detailed study of her subjects and a riveting story, certain to engage Army wives of all generations. The incidents described and the issues surfaced in Ms. Biank's hard-hitting piece surely will get her readers' attentions and will cause us to say to each other, 'Now, what can we do about it?'" --Joanne Patton, the wife of Major General George S. Patton and the daughter-in-law of General George S. Patton, Jr.

"From tragic to bittersweet, this is the untold story of the wives of our Army warriors--a powerful look for civilians and soldiers alike into the lives of women who each day embrace Duty, Honor, Sacrifice." --W.E.B. Griffin

"In Under the Sabers, Tanya Biank invites civilians into the military world, a foreign culture. She introduces us to the true meaning of honor and duty as we see the strains on wives with a spouse serving in a war zone. She richly describes the bonds among military families that serve to support a wife during her spouse's deployments and simultaneously may limit her autonomy. Under the Sabers shows that military families are both the hidden casualties of war and a resilient group who meet the challenges for growth during every deployment. Tanya Biank helps those of us who work with families of deployed soldiers become better able to understand and serve them." --Dr. Jaine L. Darwin, PsyD Harvard professor, Clinical Instructor in Psychology, Harvard Medical School and Co-Director, SOFAR, Strategic Outreach to Families of All Reservists

"Thank you for putting a voice to the hardships and triumphs of this military life." --Tara Crooks, host of Army Wife Talk Radio

"A very realistic and enjoyable read about the pains and pleasures of military life." --www.militarybrat.com

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

Army Wives goes beyond the sound bites and photo ops of military life to bring readers into the hearts and homes of today's military wives.

Biank tells the story of four typical Army wives who, in a flash, find themselves in extraordinary circumstances that ultimately force them to redefine who they are as women and wives. This is a true story about what happened when real life collided with army convention.

Army Wives is a groundbreaking narrative that takes the reader beyond the Army's gates, taking a close look at the other woman--the Army itself--and how its traditions, rules and war-time realities deeply impact marriage and home life.

"Tanya Biank has written a stunningly detailed, eye-opening account of what it is really like to be an Army wife. Army Wives demonstrates that while it is tough to be a soldier, it can be even tougher to be the wife of a soldier. Army Wives should be required reading for every military spouse and all those who are considering marrying into the military."
-- Ron Martz, Military affairs correspondent, Atlanta Journal-Constitution and co-author of Heavy Metal: A Tank Company's Battle to Baghdad

"Tanya Biank's experience as a reporter has produced a candid and detailed study of her subjects and a riveting story, certain to engage Army wives of all generations. The incidents described and the issues surfaced in Ms. Biank's hard-hitting piece surely will get her readers' attentions and will cause us to say to each other, 'Now, what can we do about it?'"
--Joanne Patton, the wife of Major General George S. Patton and the daughter-in-law of General George S. Patton, Jr.

"Army Wives captivates readers with an up close and personal look into the 'real' everyday lives and challenges of Army spouses. Kudos to Ms. Biank for portraying each spouse's story with such heartfelt compassion."
--Victoria M. Parham, Host of Military Spouse Talk Radio

Tanya Biank is a Fulbright scholar, an award-winning journalist, a former reporter for the Fayetteville Observer, a monthly columnist for www.military.com and a contributing writer for Military Spouse Magazine. Mark Gordon Productions and Touchstone TV have developed a pilot for a one hour TV series based on the book. The daughter of a career Army officer, Tanya lives in Virginia, with her husband, an Army officer assigned to the Pentagon.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Would not hesitate to recommend this book. Wasn't sure and so took me several months before I ordered. I am a fan of the TV series and wasn't sure how this book fitted in. The answer is - it doesn't! The creators of the TV series have used pieces of several of the book's characters to create new characters. However I think the TV series and book are both brilliant. The book is an interesting account of life in the US army and I found the little domestic details such as the food served at a Christmas buffet fascinating. The book does have a serious topic though and that is about domestic abuse and the psychological impact that armed combat can have on the soldiers and their families. If you're looking for something a little different to your normal beach read - this is it!
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i got this book cos i absolutely love the army wives series, and thought it'd have all the characters, roxy, denise,claudia joy etc, but it was NOTHING like the series at all and I was quite disappointed. Took me quite a while to get into it as it was not what i was expecting. it was more a journalists view on army wives and it wasn't a story as such. xx.
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I read this book initally because I enjoyed the television series. It really was nothing like the series though!
It is written by journalist Tanya Biank after a seires of 4 murders carried out on an army base "Fort Bragg" in America over the course of one Summer. It tells the story of the wives of the army officers over the course of a year, and they're eventual deaths at their husbands hands.
It was Ok but I did find it a bit sickly sweet at times, the discriptions of the feelings between the couples etc. We were told about the clothes they wore, the cars they drove and the type of furniture in their houses!! All a bit much I felt.
The author jumped around the story a bit too much for my liking, back and forth, which was a little confusing, telling about her own time in the Army and her own opinions on the officers and their spouses.
The book was alright but I can only score it 3 stars as it wasn't a book you could get your teeth into. I do not think I would read another of Tanya Bianks books if I am honest.
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Good read
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