The War Queens: Extraordinary Women Who Ruled the Battlefield

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The ingenious wartime tactics of some of history's most powerful female leaders, from the stifling battlefields of ancient Egypt to the frigid waters off the Falkland Islands.

History's killer queens come in all colors, ages, and leadership styles. Elizabeth Tudor and Golda Meir played the roles of high-stakes gamblers who studied maps with an unblinking, calculating eye. Angola's Queen Njinga was willing to shed (and occasionally drink) blood to establish a stable kingdom in an Africa ravaged by the slave trade. Caterina Sforza defended her Italian holdings with cannon and scimitar, and Indira Gandhi launched a war to solve a refugee crisis.

From ancient Persia to modern-day Britain, the daunting thresholds these exceptional women had to cross--and the clever, sometimes violent ways in which they smashed obstacles in their paths--are evoked in vivid detail. The narrative sidles up to these war queens in the most dire, tumultuous moments of their reigns and examines the brilliant methods and maneuvers they each used to defend themselves and their people from enemy forces.

Father-daughter duo Jonathan W. and Emily Anne Jordan extoll the extraordinary power and potential of women in history who walked through war's kiln and emerged from the other side--some burnished to greatness, others burned to cinders. All of them, legends.

Product Details

Price: $27.99  $25.19
Publisher: Diversion Books
Published Date: March 10, 2020
Pages: 380
Dimensions: 6.3 X 1.1 X 9.2 inches | 1.4 pounds
Language: English
Type: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781635767193
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About the Author

Jonathan Jordan is a military historian and an award-winning author of three books, including the New York Times bestseller Brothers, Rivals, Victors. He is a regular book critic for The Wall Street Journal and the author of articles appearing in MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History, World War II Magazine, Military History, and World War II History magazines. In addition to appearing in military documentaries, Jonathan W. has made numerous live, televised, podcast, and radio appearances.

Emily Anne Jordan, Jonathan's daughter, is a debut author, women's history researcher, and nursing student at the University of Kentucky, where she writes about women's leadership and researches America's opioid epidemic.

Reviews

Advance Praise for The War Queens

"In The War Queens, a father-daughter duo charges into combat . . . romping [their] way through 'history's killer queens' . . . to make these stories come rousingly to life."--The Wall Street Journal

"The War Queens reminds us intelligently, entertainingly, and powerfully that strong-willed women have always been the equal--and very often the superior--of their male counterparts, even in the field historically most jealously reserved for men: warfare. Rarely has Rudyard Kipling's incisive truth been better proven in book form, that 'the female of the species is more deadly than the male.'"--Andrew Roberts, international bestselling author of Churchill: Walking with Destiny and Napoleon: A Life

"The War Queens triumphantly tells the story of the astonishing women who fiercely led their nations into combat--from Egypt's Queen Hatshepsut and Russia's Catherine the Great to Israel's Golda Meir. With impeccable research and gripping prose, Jonathan and Emily Jordan bring to life these powerful war queens and the many obstacles they faced while reminding us that whether they won or lost in battle, these extraordinary women earned their place in history as legends."--Cate Lineberry, bestselling author of The Secret Rescue and Be Free or Die

"Father and daughter team of Jonathan and Emily Jordan have crafted an immensely important and incredible timely book that puts the spotlight on extraordinary women who led their nations in combat. A sweeping history that ranges across several millennia and continents, The War Queens takes readers from the stifling battlefields of ancient Egypt to the frigid waters off the Falkland Islands. Along the way readers meet a diverse cast of historical figures, from Cleopatra and Catherine the Great to Indira Gandhi and Margaret Thatcher. This book should be required reading for anyone who loves history."--James M. Scott, Pulitzer Prize Finalist and bestselling author of Rampage and Target Tokyo

"The War Queens masterfully captures the largely forgotten saga of warrior queens through the ages. With crackling prose, Jordan brilliantly engages the readers by putting them on the throne of a pharaoh or in blood-soaked fields of battle. The legacy of history's killer queens is drenched with pathos and drama. Jordan, who is emerging as one of America's finest authors and historians, narrates an epic filled with victory, defeat, and legendary women. Appealing to a wide audience, this book is a must-read for anyone who loves a gripping story. It's a sweeping, single-volume history filled with page-turning action and insightful, thought-provoking commentary."--Patrick K. O'Donnell, bestselling author of The Unknowns and Washington's Immortals

"The War Queens is an insightful, absorbing saga that reaches back through the centuries and brings the reader into the tense war rooms and body-strewn battlefields of some of history's most extraordinary ruling women at battle. Calculating, brilliant, and deadly, these women altered the course of human events, and this book skillfully makes their stories powerful, empowering, and unforgettable."--Kara Cooney, author of When Women Ruled the World

"In a brilliant twist on Boccaccio's De Claris Mulieribus, The War Queens deftly weaves the extraordinary exploits of women from ages past to near-present in a narrative as fast-paced as the battles it recounts. Featuring heroines from every part of the globe, the Jordans have demonstrated that great women have risen up in all places and in all circumstances and that their ranks will only increase."--Elizabeth Lev, author of The Tigress of Forli

Praise for Jonathan Jordan

For Brothers, Rivals, Victors (2011):
"One of the real pleasures of Jonathan W. Jordan's Brothers, Rivals, Victors is reading about [Patton, ] Bad Boy of the American military . . . What Jordan gives us is the war as Eisenhower, Bradley and Patton saw it . . . Anybody who believes that generals are just, rational men, imbued with a soldierly feeling of comradeship toward one another and an ingrained respect for their political superiors, will be shocked by this book."--Michael Korda, The New York Times Book Review

"Jonathan W. Jordan has pulled off a mission impossible: He has produced a groundbreaking study that transforms our understanding of [Eisenhower, Patton, and Bradley] . . . This book should be required reading at West Point and all other military academies. It is beautifully written and a classic work of popular biography and military history for the general reader."--Martin Sieff, The Washington Times

"Ably marshalling a considerable amount of research, Jordan fashions a truly compelling narrative of three outsized American military figures . . . A masterly, exciting study of character and tactics in World War II."--Kirkus (starred review)

"[Jordan's] humane, closely researched and well-written Brothers, Rivals, Victors vividly conveys the mental and physical demands of high command."--Michael Burleigh, The Wall Street Journal

"Jonathan W. Jordan's Brothers, Rivals, Victors is a landmark publication in the history of the Second World War. Anchored by a breathtaking amount of new research, Jordan explains the strange alchemy that existed between Eisenhower, Patton, and Bradley as they struggled to defeat Nazism. Jordan has written a real historical tour de force. Highly recommended!"--Douglas Brinkley, Professor of History at Rice University and New York Times bestselling author of The Boys of Pointe du Hoc

For American Warlords (2015):
"A page-turning chronicle of World War II. . . . Throughout, the author provides astute and clever portrayals of the leaders, including Churchill's pretense to his ancestor's abilities, Stalin's displays of compassion, and FDR's meddling in naval projects . . . Readers will enjoy the intrigue, back-stabbing, action, and diplomacy in this well-written book."--Kirkus (starred review)

"Mr. Jordan has done an admirable job of making these men come alive. He uses their own words to weave a good tale."--Walter R. Borneman, The Wall Street Journal

"[A] triumph of meticulous scholarship and keen insight propelled by a marvelously written narrative . . . Jordan's American Warlords accomplishes for FDR and World War II what Doris Kearns Goodwin's Team of Rivals achieved for Lincoln and the Civil War."--Armchair General Magazine

"An incredibly intimate account of the four men who led the nation to victory in the Second World War . . . Superbly written, well researched, and highly interesting, American Warlords is in a class by itself."--Jean Edward Smith, Pulitzer Prize Finalist, Winner of the Francis Parkman Prize, and New York Times Bestselling Author of FDR and Eisenhower in War and Peace