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Switchboard Soldiers: A Novel (edició 2022)

de Jennifer Chiaverini (Autor)

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"An eye-opening and detailed novel about remarkable female soldiers. . . Chiaverini weaves the intersecting threads of these brave women's lives together, highlighting their deep sense of pride and duty."--Kirkus Reviews From New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini, a bold, revelatory novel about one of the great untold stories of World War I--the women of the U.S. Army Signal Corps, who broke down gender barriers in the military, smashed the workplace glass ceiling, and battled a pandemic as they helped lead the Allies to victory.  In June 1917, General John Pershing arrived in France to establish American forces in Europe. He immediately found himself unable to communicate with troops in the field. Pershing needed operators who could swiftly and accurately connect multiple calls, speak fluent French and English, remain steady under fire, and be utterly discreet, since the calls often conveyed classified information. At the time, nearly all well-trained American telephone operators were women--but women were not permitted to enlist, or even to vote in most states. Nevertheless, the U.S. Army Signal Corps promptly began recruiting them. More than 7,600 women responded, including Grace Banker of New Jersey, a switchboard instructor with AT&T and an alumna of Barnard College; Marie Miossec, a Frenchwoman and aspiring opera singer; and Valerie DeSmedt, a twenty-year-old Pacific Telephone operator from Los Angeles, determined to strike a blow for her native Belgium. They were among the first women sworn into the U.S. Army under the Articles of War. The male soldiers they had replaced had needed one minute to connect each call. The switchboard soldiers could do it in ten seconds. The risk of death was real--the women worked as bombs fell around them--as was the threat of a deadly new disease: the Spanish Flu. Not all of the telephone operators would survive. The women of the U.S. Army Signal Corps served with honor and played an essential role in achieving the Allied victory. Their story has never been the focus of a novel...until now. … (més)
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Títol:Switchboard Soldiers: A Novel
Autors:Jennifer Chiaverini (Autor)
Informació:William Morrow (2022), 460 pages
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Interesting story about some of the first women in serve in the military. When the U.S. joined the Great War, they found the telephone service in France unable to keep up with demand. They update the switchboards and then recruit switchboard operators who can speak French to run them. This follows several young women as they consider recruitment, get trained, travel to France and serve from 1918 to 1919. This is a very clean read. ( )
  mojomomma | Nov 20, 2022 |
First, I would like to thank the William Morrow Company for the uncorrected proof they sent me as part of a giveaway from GoodReads.com. They have only asked for my honest opinion when I review this book.

Once again, Jennifer Chiaverini has written about a rarely emphasized part of American history. I have not read much about "The War to End All Wars". She has brought to life the contributions of the women switchboard operators of the Army Signal Corps during WWI. They were an essential part of the battles led by General Pershing, to regain territory lost to Germany. With everyone having a cellphone nowadays, we cannot imagine what it was like for the army of the early 20th century. (I was even reminded how much we are missing today as she talked about reading, writing letters, playing board games; all the things we used to do to be connected with family and friends.)
Ms. Chiaverini has written her trademark book filled with romance, hope, tragedy, history, and wonderful characters with whom to identify. I have learned so much reading this book. I am ready for her next one! ( )
  khoyt | Jul 2, 2022 |
A novel of the women who joined the Army Signal Corps as telephone operators in World War I, the first women to be allowed to join US armed forces. Several of the main characters are real people; the rest are fictionalized representations. It's a very interesting story, but the characterizations are rather flat.

Definitely worth reading for those with an interest in historical fiction, World War I, and women breaking barriers. ( )
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"An eye-opening and detailed novel about remarkable female soldiers. . . Chiaverini weaves the intersecting threads of these brave women's lives together, highlighting their deep sense of pride and duty."--Kirkus Reviews From New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini, a bold, revelatory novel about one of the great untold stories of World War I--the women of the U.S. Army Signal Corps, who broke down gender barriers in the military, smashed the workplace glass ceiling, and battled a pandemic as they helped lead the Allies to victory.  In June 1917, General John Pershing arrived in France to establish American forces in Europe. He immediately found himself unable to communicate with troops in the field. Pershing needed operators who could swiftly and accurately connect multiple calls, speak fluent French and English, remain steady under fire, and be utterly discreet, since the calls often conveyed classified information. At the time, nearly all well-trained American telephone operators were women--but women were not permitted to enlist, or even to vote in most states. Nevertheless, the U.S. Army Signal Corps promptly began recruiting them. More than 7,600 women responded, including Grace Banker of New Jersey, a switchboard instructor with AT&T and an alumna of Barnard College; Marie Miossec, a Frenchwoman and aspiring opera singer; and Valerie DeSmedt, a twenty-year-old Pacific Telephone operator from Los Angeles, determined to strike a blow for her native Belgium. They were among the first women sworn into the U.S. Army under the Articles of War. The male soldiers they had replaced had needed one minute to connect each call. The switchboard soldiers could do it in ten seconds. The risk of death was real--the women worked as bombs fell around them--as was the threat of a deadly new disease: the Spanish Flu. Not all of the telephone operators would survive. The women of the U.S. Army Signal Corps served with honor and played an essential role in achieving the Allied victory. Their story has never been the focus of a novel...until now. 

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