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New release from Chicago Review Press:

"This Is Really War tells the mostly unknown story of the US Navy nurses captured by the Japanese in the Philippines in World War II. The reader will learn how these nurses, who considered themselves average women, rose to the challenge and survived a prison experience that many, many others did not. A thoroughly researched, fascinating book." —Elizabeth Norman, author of We Band of Angels: The Untold Story of the American Women Trapped on Bataan and Women at War: The Story of Fifty Military Nurses Who Served in Vietnam

"With her vivid style coupled with immaculate research, Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi tells an incredible true story that reads like great fiction. This Is Really War is an unflinching portrait of women surviving the unthinkable. This is history both epic and personal, recounted by a gifted writer." —Arnie Bernstein, author of Swastika Nation: Fritz Kuhn and the Rise and Fall of the German-American Bund

"This Is Really War is a testament to both the horrors of Japanese captivity during the Second World War and the resilience of the American nurses forced to endure it. Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi's beautifully detailed writing is equal parts captivating and heartbreaking." —Kathryn J. Atwood, author of Women Heroes of World War II


"Verdict: For lovers of historical true crime" - Library Journal.

"A page-turning drama and thought-provoking look at gender, ethnicity and class in the American justice system," -- Anne Knudson, West Suburban Living Magazine, May 2017.

"This is an elegantly researched and beautifully written example of investigative journalism," - Jeffery Gusfield, author of Deadly Valentines: The Story of Capone's Henchman 'Machine Gun' Jack McGurn and Louise Rolfe, His Blonde Alibi.

"Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi’s riveting and creepy tale of violence, betrayal, and injustice is an uncomfortable yet all-too-familiar story of anxious Americans' willingness to believe that illiterate, poor immigrants can be guilty of a crime because of who they were not what they did," - Kate Clifford Larsen, PhD, author ofThe Assassin's Accomplice: Mary Surratt and the Plot to Kill Abraham Lincoln.

"Her rigorous history is shocking and moving," - Douglas Perry, author of The Girls of Murder City: Fame, Lust, and the Beautiful Killers who Inspired 'Chicago.'

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