The DOI Reads Book Club


Wednesday, April 3, 2024
12:30 PM  |  (UTC-04:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)  |  1 hour

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The DOI Reads Book Club will again be meeting virtually on Wednesday, April 3, from 12:30 to 1:30 pm ET to discuss our next Book Club selection, The Girls Who Stepped Out of Line: Untold Stories of the Women Who Changed the Course of World War II by Mari K. Eder.

As always, all are welcome and you don't need to finish the book to join us. Just bring your questions, insights and thoughts about this book.

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The Girls Who Stepped Out of Line: Untold Stories of the Women Who Changed the Course of World War II  
by Mari K. Eder
Publisher: ‎ Sourcebooks (May 1, 2022)
Paperback: ‎ 464 pages
ISBN-10: ‎ 172824272X
ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1728242729 

The Girls Who Stepped Out of Line takes you inside the lives and experiences of 15 unknown women heroes from the Greatest Generation, the women who served, fought, struggled, and made things happen during WWII―in and out of uniform―for theirs is a legacy destined to embolden generations of women to come.

From daring spies to audacious pilots, from innovative scientists to indomitable resistance fighters, these extraordinary women stepped out of line and into history, forever altering the world's landscape. This page-turning narrative, crafted with meticulous historical accuracy by retired U.S. Army Major General Mari K. Eder, provides a fresh perspective on the integral roles that women played during WWII.

Liane B. Russell fled Austria with nothing and later became a renowned U.S. scientist whose research on the effects of radiation on embryos made a difference to thousands of lives.

Gena Turgel was a prisoner who worked in the hospital at Bergen-Belsen and cared for the young Anne Frank, who was dying of typhus. Gena survived and went on to write a memoir and spent her life educating children about the Holocaust.

Ida and Louise Cook were British sisters who repeatedly smuggled out jewelry and furs and served as sponsors for refugees, and they also established temporary housing for immigrant families in London.

Whether you're a history enthusiast, a lover of powerful women's stories, or an avid reader of WWII nonfiction, The Girls Who Stepped Out of Line is a must-read and a poignant testament to the forgotten women who stepped up when the world needed them most. 

Mari K. Eder, retired U.S. Army Major General, is a renowned speaker and author, and a thought leader on strategic communication and leadership. General Eder has served as Director of Public Affairs at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies and as an adjunct professor and lecturer in communications and public diplomacy at the NATO School and Sweden’s International Training Command. She served in a number of senior positions in the Pentatgon, on the Army Staff, as Deputy Chief of Public Affairs and Deputy Chief of the Army Reserve, and with DoD’s Reserve Forces Policy Board. General Eder speaks and writes on communications and leadership issues.

-- from Amazon


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