Were more war histories written this way, I believe that fewer women in the book would have simply been the Congressman's girlfriends and more (i.e., more than one) would have been among the key players shaping world history.
As a stereotypical woman, I usually consider books about war history to be a dull collection of grim facts. Nonetheless, I randomly looked at the jacket of this book at our local bookstore only to find THE MOST RIVETING BOOK I HAVE EVER READ! It's an extraordinarily engaging narrative of the personal relationships leading to events that not only do I remember (as in, many occurring during my lifetime), but that profoundly affect my life today as an American.
The book is ingenius on many levels. But the one that meant the most to me is how the author explained the interplay of characters' backgrounds, perceptions, beliefs, and feelings so that I could see how individuals and relationships have shaped decisions. Had military policy and history been presented in this manner while I was still in school, I would not have been turned off to the subject, and I would know a lot more today about the world we live in. One of the many things this book shows is how important it is that women be educated about international military issues. My being so thrilled while reading proves that stereotypical women like me can be just as enraptured by the drama as so many men seem to be!
I could go on, but the truth is that I simply cannot say enough wonderful things about this book. I am extrordinarily grateful to the author and those who helped him write it.