I will be the first to admit that I loved the show Army Wives Since most of the original cast members have left, I have stopped watching, but I was always intrigued by the fact that this show was based on a book I wanted to see how the two differed The basis for the book came from the string of Army Wife murders in the spring and summer of 2002, that occurred in Fort Bragg, Fayetteville, North Carolina The author, Tanya Biank, is a reporter who had covered the army base for years Traveling with the corps into enemy territory, Biank was the first reporter to be embedded in with the troops She had background knowledge of many of the goings on on the base, so when the first murder of an army wife happened, she was the one who covered it The murders, however, played a minor role in the book What Biank really focused This was recommended to me by one of my Army wife girlfriends, ans she felt it was amazing and should be read by all I didn t realize the Lifetime series was based on a book that was based on the lives of actual women as a non fiction book, I found it a much interesting story I think you d almost have to live that life to feel it as deeply as my girl did Forgive me, but only two of my military spouse girlfriends were not active duty at one time themselves, and it is definitely a different thing when that s where you re coming from And neither of those two ladies fit the stereotype, thankfully hence our friendships But I don t say that with as much disdain as it may sound like I actually cannot imagine having to deal with the BS all of the spouses have to endure because of their partners choice of career I guess we all h Since I am one of the women characters in the book I can tell you what a disappointment how inaccurate most of the story is on a personal level I was never allowed to edit, have access to the narrative or even confirm some of the factual nature, let alone get a clue to the slant Ms Biank took insinuating certain aspects of my views, family, friends or personality This book was obviously written to be immediately marketed for a dramatic television series therefore the creative non fiction style the author took made another sacrifice of the women whose stories were tragic enough Ms Biank extorted all the information being a local journalist and used every avenue she could for her own gain these were reasons to profit from those who sacrifice on all of our behalf Even sadder she markets it to the military who have no idea the I am a HUGE fan of Lifetime s Army Wives, and have wanted to read this book for quite a while now I am glad that I did Being a former Military significant other, I was able to relate to these women s stories and the whole story in a way I probably would not have been able to otherwise Contains a Spoiler As for how the book relates to the TV Show, the characters in the book and not specifically based on any one character in the show Several of the characteristics of the characters in the book are represented in different characters in the TV show For example, Rita, the uneducated mother who quickly marries Brian, is representative of Roxy, though Rita gets a job in a hospital pharmacy, similar to Denise. Overall, I would say this was a quick and enjoyable read and provides insite into the Military, specifically the Army, that one would ✓ Under the Sabers: The Unwritten Code of Army Wives Û I read this book because I am a Military Brat and a vet It confirmed what I already knew There are people in the military just like in the civilian world who have no morals I remember the guys who couldn t wait to go on temporary duty so they could cheat on their wives and I remember the wives who couldn t keep their pants on while their husband was away defending his country for a few months Statistically military, cops, and miners have the highest divorce rates of any professions it is not an easy life I also was blessed to know people who exemplified married persons just like in the book While Army Wives is in no danger of winning any awards, it was an quick, easy, and informative read.
I am an army wife and army brat I watch the tv show but the book is completely different Yes, there are some parallels, but it s compelling to read the actual stories I don t like the speculation she puts into certain conversations but I enjoyed the actual stories of the women she interviewed I especially liked quizzing my husband on certain landmarks in Fayetteville and Bragg, ie Bragg Blvd where he blew 800 at a strip club, and how no one really dared go into the Green Beret Bar All in all it made me realize that I had an interest in non fiction although i read the twilight series right before so any reality was good It also made me bitch at my husband less for the army being stupid. Having been a Navy Wife this story rang so true to how it is to be a military wife I knew this was the book that the tv show Army Wives was based on but I didn t know it was about the Fort Bragg killings too Its a little different than the show but you can figure out who is being portrayed on tv even though the names are different I couldn t believe how this turned out to be a tear jerker for me halfway through the book Be aware there is a long prologue intro at the begining The story is based on true facts and true talks with real Army Wives If you ve been a military wife you will relate to this story, if you haven t been one you will come away with awe. Great story, because it was a true, real life picture of four Army Wives You can see how the TV show adapted their situations for the shows characters Have a box of tissue handy, cause you go through a roller coaster of emotions I couldn t book this book down The true story of four Army wives, along with shorter stories of other Army wives during the 2000 2002 timeframe I lived in Fayetteville during the timeframe of this book I worked on Fort Bragg during that time The book hit home in many ways because I could relate to the Army culture I grew up in it , as well as the fact that I remember the news reports of the Army wives killed by their husbands during that time I didn t realize this book was a true story of those women, or I would have read it long before now I recommend this book for anyone who has a heart for the military it gives a perspective of some of the marital issues many military couples face As a military child, I, like the author of this book The Sabers Is A Groundbreaking Narrative Detailing The Complex Personal Challenges Army Wives Face, Presenting A Provocative New Look At Army Life Tanya Biank Goes Beyond The Sound Bites And Photo Ops Of Military Life And Shows What It Is Really Like To Be An Army Wife From Hauling Furniture Off The Rental Truck By Yourself At A New Duty Station When Your Husband Is In The Field, To Comforting Your Son Who ✓ Under the Sabers: The Unwritten Code of Army Wives ð Download by · Tanya Biank Wants His Dad Home From Afghanistan For His Fifth Birthday She Takes Readers Into The Hearts And Homes Of Today S Military WivesIn The Summer Of , Army Wives Were In The Headlines After Biank, A Military Reporter For The Fayetteville Observer, Made International News When She Broke The Story About Four Army Wives Who Were Brutally Murdered By Their Husbands In The Span Of Six Weeks At Fort Bragg, An Army Post That Is Home To The Green Berets, Airborne Paratroopers, And Delta Force Commandos By That Autumn, Biank, An Army Brat Herself, Realized The Still Untold Story Of Army Wives Lay In The Ashes Of That Tragic And Sensationalized Summer She Knew The Truth Wives Were The Backbone Of The Army They Were Strong Not Helpless And Deserved Than The Sugarcoating That Often Accompanied Their Stories In The MediaUnder The Sabers Tells The Story Of Four Typical Army Wives, Who, In A Flash, Find Themselves Neck Deep In Extraordinary Circumstances That Ultimately Force Them To Redefine Who They Are As Women And Army Wives In This Fascinating And Meticulously Researched Account, Biank Takes The Reader Past The Army S Gates, Where Everyone Has A Role To Play, Rules Are Followed, Discipline Is Expected, Perfection Praised, And Perception Often Overrides Reality Biank Explores What Happens When Real Life Collides With Army ConventionBiank Describes What It Means To Be A Wife And Mother In A Subculture That Is In A Constant State Of Readiness For War In This Hard Hitting And Powerful Book, Biank Takes A Close Look At The Other Woman The Army Itself And Its Impact On Wives, Marriages, And Home Life This Story Of Strength And Perseverance Is An Eye Opener For Those Who Have Never Experienced Military Life And An Anthem To Those Women Who Each Day Live The Unwritten Code
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