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One Woman's Army - The Commanding General of Abu Ghraib Tells Her Story-logo

One Woman's Army - The Commanding General of Abu Ghraib Tells Her Story

General Janis Karpinski

When Janis Karpinski first saw the photos of abuse at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, she felt the walls of her Baghdad office closing in on her. She recognized that the soldiers shown grinning over the naked, cowering Iraqi detainees serves under her command. Military justice already had swept up the seven MPs charged in the abuse case-and Karpinski soon learned that the system was about to turn on her. Here is the inside story of the first female general ever to command troops in a combat zone, and of how the scandal destroyed her career. It traces the rise of a groundbreaking woman from the Republican suburbs of New Jersey to a commanding position in a man's army. Karpinski earned her general's insignia as a master parachutist, recipient of the Bronze Star in the first Gulf war, and as the leader chosen for a special mission to train Arab women as a fighting force in the Middle East. In Iraq, Karpinski and her 3,400 U.S. soldier faced the biggest challenge of all: rebuilding a civilian prison system left in shambles by Saddam Hussein. She describes the ordeal of serving in a violent landscape populated by U.S. commanders flailing at a growing insurgency, and by the specter of the captive Saddam, who showed surprise at meeting a female general and refused to believe that Karpinski could be in charge of his incarceration. In the end, Karpinski accepts her share of responsibility for the abuses, but raises larger question: why was she the most prominent target of the investigations?

When Janis Karpinski first saw the photos of abuse at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, she felt the walls of her Baghdad office closing in on her. She recognized that the soldiers shown grinning over the naked, cowering Iraqi detainees serves under her command. Military justice already had swept up the seven MPs charged in the abuse case-and Karpinski soon learned that the system was about to turn on her. Here is the inside story of the first female general ever to command troops in a combat zone, and of how the scandal destroyed her career. It traces the rise of a groundbreaking woman from the Republican suburbs of New Jersey to a commanding position in a man's army. Karpinski earned her general's insignia as a master parachutist, recipient of the Bronze Star in the first Gulf war, and as the leader chosen for a special mission to train Arab women as a fighting force in the Middle East. In Iraq, Karpinski and her 3,400 U.S. soldier faced the biggest challenge of all: rebuilding a civilian prison system left in shambles by Saddam Hussein. She describes the ordeal of serving in a violent landscape populated by U.S. commanders flailing at a growing insurgency, and by the specter of the captive Saddam, who showed surprise at meeting a female general and refused to believe that Karpinski could be in charge of his incarceration. In the end, Karpinski accepts her share of responsibility for the abuses, but raises larger question: why was she the most prominent target of the investigations?
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When Janis Karpinski first saw the photos of abuse at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, she felt the walls of her Baghdad office closing in on her. She recognized that the soldiers shown grinning over the naked, cowering Iraqi detainees serves under her command. Military justice already had swept up the seven MPs charged in the abuse case-and Karpinski soon learned that the system was about to turn on her. Here is the inside story of the first female general ever to command troops in a combat zone, and of how the scandal destroyed her career. It traces the rise of a groundbreaking woman from the Republican suburbs of New Jersey to a commanding position in a man's army. Karpinski earned her general's insignia as a master parachutist, recipient of the Bronze Star in the first Gulf war, and as the leader chosen for a special mission to train Arab women as a fighting force in the Middle East. In Iraq, Karpinski and her 3,400 U.S. soldier faced the biggest challenge of all: rebuilding a civilian prison system left in shambles by Saddam Hussein. She describes the ordeal of serving in a violent landscape populated by U.S. commanders flailing at a growing insurgency, and by the specter of the captive Saddam, who showed surprise at meeting a female general and refused to believe that Karpinski could be in charge of his incarceration. In the end, Karpinski accepts her share of responsibility for the abuses, but raises larger question: why was she the most prominent target of the investigations?

Language:

English

Narrators:

Steven Strasser, Bernadette Dunne

Length:

7h 39m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

03:46


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

02:53


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

02:42


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

02:18


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

02:50


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

02:40


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

02:30


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:58


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

02:38


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:17


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:30


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

02:42


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:04


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

02:50


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:19


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:28


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:17


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:17


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:36


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

02:45


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

02:59


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:06


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

02:33


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

02:21


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:19


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:44


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

02:41


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:51


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:37


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:53


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

02:23


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:09


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:15


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:27


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

02:43


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:31


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:16


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:00


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:05


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

02:06


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:15


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

02:46


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

02:38


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

03:29


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

03:05


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:30


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

02:52


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:03


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

03:15


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:41


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:22


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

02:37


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:34


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:48


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

02:48


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

03:46


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

03:55


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:36


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:21


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:17


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:01


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:19


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:55


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

03:28


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

03:10


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

03:42


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:28


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

03:34


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

02:29


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

02:37


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

02:02


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

02:51


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

02:59


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

03:21


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

03:08


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:18


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

03:37


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

03:39


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

03:17


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

03:36


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:44


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

03:51


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

03:30


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:13


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

03:12


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:04


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:20


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:23


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

03:51


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

03:35


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

03:08


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

02:53


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

03:39


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

03:11


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:22


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

03:02


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

03:41


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

03:40


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

03:52


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

03:25


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

03:25


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

04:18


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

03:36


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

03:58


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

04:24


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

04:31


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

04:44


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

03:39


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

03:49


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

04:18


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

03:52


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

02:55


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

04:10


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

03:26


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

03:08


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

03:49


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

03:45


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

03:32


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

04:13


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

03:24


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

03:49


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

03:36


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

04:48


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

03:01


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

03:36


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

03:48


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

03:37


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

03:52


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

03:01


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

04:03


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

02:19


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

04:05


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

03:28