Here at Pluto we understand that what people sometimes need is a quick round-up of news, a Wikipedia or IMDB-esque summary of what’s what in the world of a specific person. Hence this Pluto ‘News in Brief’ on Lindsey German, whose book, How a Century of War Changed the Lives of Women (Pluto, 2013), is out next month, launching our new Counterfire series.
Firstly then, Lindsey’s book has caught the attention of Mark Perryman and his Philosophy Football list of books. As Perryman notes, ‘finding the time for a good read to provoke both thought and action is as good a New Year resolution as I can think of. And despite the mind-numbing dullness of the political mainstream in the margins there’s thankfully still plenty to savour.’ Of The Lives of Women he writes:
Lindsey German’s new book … takes a similarly long historical sweep to Hann, this time with a focus in particular on the political experience of, and resistance by, women to militarism and imperialism. This is a much neglected aspect of women’s lives and politics, by redressing the balance this book provides a pleasingly different, and necessary, read.
Lindsey has also been quoted in the Metro‘s story yesterday morning about Prince Harry’s admission to killing in Afghanistan, and the subsequent reaction. Comments the Prince made about having ‘taken fighters out of the game’, and the advantages playing video games had to honing his flying skills were largely considered arrogant and insensitive in the UK. Lindsay is quoted in the article with the following remarks:
Lindsey German, convenor of the Stop The War Coalition, which is finalising details of events to mark the tenth anniversary of protests against the Iraq war, said Prince Harry’s comments were ‘crass’.
‘In recent months many civilians have been killed by air strikes. This arrogant and insensitive attitude to killing Afghans, whoever they are, is hardly likely to win hearts and minds – a supposed aim of the war,’ she said.
The anniversary and the book
To find out more about Stop the War‘s planned conference on February 9th, go to their website through this link. If you’re interested in learning more about (or pre-ordering) Lindsey’s book, then see the purchasing details below. That’s it for this Pluto author NIB – but watch this space to find out what our other writers are getting up to in 2013…
“Lindsey German links two major forms of women’s involvement in war: as activists opposing conflict and as workers during it. Seen through the prism of women’s experience, German tells a fascinating and important story.” – Nina Power, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Roehampton University and the author of One-Dimensional Woman (2009)