Elizabeth M. Norman


Elizabeth M. Norman

Phone: 212-998-5412

Curriculum Vitae/Syllabi

  • Curriculum vitae

Selected Presentations

  • 2013 Presentations
    November 2013 Bridgewater Massachusetts. One Book On Voice May 2013. North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset New York. “Nurses in the military: Lessons for the Future.” Keynote address.
  • 2012 presentations
    March 2012. D. Strong’s Vail Leadership Symposium, Vail Colorado. April 2012. Fredonia NY. SUNY-Fredonia, “Lessons Learned from the Frontlines of Military Health Services.” Keynote address.
  • 2011 Presentations
    University of Montana, Missoula Montana; Rutgers University. Living History Society. New Brunswick, New Jersey;Western Heritage Center. Billings Montana.
  • 2010 Presentations
    Vail Symposium, Vail Colorado; Stuart G. Christian Lecture. Virginia Historical Society;University of Indiana, Indianapolis, Indiana; New York. Visiting Nurse Service of New York. "Nursing and History."; Reno Nevada. Descendants of the American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor.
  • May 2010 Stuart G. Christian Lecture. Virginia Historical Society.
  • 2009 Select Presentations
    November 2009. New York. New York University, Student Resource Center and Veterans Alliance November 2009. New York. J.P. Morgan Private Equity Group. New York October 2009. Nashville, Tennessee. Southern Festival of Books. October 2009. Newark, New Jersey. Rutgers University, Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights. October 2009. Baltimore, Maryland. New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association. September 2009. Chicago, Illinois. Pritzker Military Library September 2009. Norfolk, Virginia. MacArthur Memorial and Museum. July 2009. Billings, Montana. Montana State University. June 2009. Washington D.C. Library of Congress, Philippine Embassy Asian Veterans Groups,
  • 2010. University of Indiana, Indianapolis, Indiana
    "Lessons Learned from Military Service." Health Care Professional Conference. Keynote speaker.
  • Other 2010 Select Presentations
    May 2010. New York. Visiting Nurse Service of New York. "Nursing and History." April 2010. Reno Nevada. Descendants of the American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor
  • 2014 Presentations
    March 2014. Seton Hall University. South Orange New Jersey. 27th Annual Reikemeyer Research Day. "Nurses in the Military: History and Lessons for the Future." Keynote Address March 2014. 13th annual conference of the Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners. Lansing Michigan. "We Band of Angels." Keynote Address

Media Activities

Tears in the Darkness: Select book reviews:

April-May 2009: Publishers Weekly; Booklist; Kirkus Reviews; Library Journal

June-July 2009: Proceedings, U.S. Naval Institute Press; Billings Gazette, Billings MT, Philippine Inquirer; SI.COM, “Monday Morning QB.”; Associated Press; New York Times (Dwight Garner); Christian Science Monitor; California Literary Review

September-October 2009: Publishers Weekly;History News Network; Military History

November 2009: Army Magazine; The Washington Times

January 2010, The Star Ledger, Newark, NJ

March 2010. Seapower Journal

March 2010 Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Select Radio, Television Appearances:

June-July 2009: WAMU (NPR) radio (Diane Rehm), Washington, DC; MSNBC television, “Morning Joe,” New York, NY; WABC radio (“Imus In The Morning”), New York, NY; KCUR (NPR) radio Kansas City, MO;WNYC (NPR) radio (Leonard Lopate), New York, NY; KHNC radio, Johnstown, CO; WMJI radio, Cleveland, OH

August-October 2009: WABC radio, New York, NY; WHJJ radio, Providence, RI;WDBO radio, Orlando, FL; WHAD radio, Milwaukee, WI; WGN radio, Chicago, IL;WNPT public television, Nashville, TN

October 2009-March 2010 Fox Business Network, WABC Radio "Imus in the Morning"; Sirius Radio "Left Jab"; KVON Napa Ca.

Degrees Held

  • Ph.D. New York University:School of Education, Nursing, Arts and Health Professions 1986
    Women at War: The Story of Fifty Military Nurses Who Served in Vietnam
  • M.A. New York University:School of Education, Nursing, Arts and Health Professions 1977
  • B.S. Rutgers The State University of New Jersey 1973

We Band of Angels

The Untold Story of American Women Trapped on Bataan. 2013. 2nd edition. New York: Random House Trade Paperback, Kindle and Audible.com

 This book is the story of women seaching for adventure, caught up in the drama and danger of war. The same day the Japanese Imperial Navy launched its surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, it also struck American bases in the Philippines. That raid led to the first major land battle for America in World War II and, in the end, to the largest defeat and surrender of American forces. Caught up in all this were seventy-seven Army and Navy nurses who became the largest group of female POWs in our country's history. Through interview with survivors and through unpublished letters, diaries, journals and photographs, their dramatic story is told here.




  • 2013 : One Book One Community
  • 2013 : Buckley Scholar Lecture, Adelphi University
  • 2011 : Stephen E. Ambrose Oral History Award. Rutgers Living History Society.
  • 2010 : Dayton Literary Peace Prize Finalist
  • 2010 : Stuart G. Christain Jr. Lecture. Virginia Historical Society
  • 2010 : New York University. Steinhardt School. Griffiths Award
  • 2009 : New York Times best-seller list, eight weeks; Publishers Weekly bestseller and "summer breakout book."; New York Times book critic Dwight Garner's top ten non-fiction books of 2009; Amazon.com Editor's Top 100 Books of 2009; Amazon.com Editor's Top 10 History books of 2009; Christian Science Monitor best nonfiction books of 2009; American Library Association 2010 Notable Books For Adult Readers, non-fiction;Audio Publishers Association of America History Book of the Year, 2009; June 2011 New York Times Magazine "The 6th Floor" Blog, 100 Greatest Nonfiction Books of All Time.
  • 2009 : Philippine Embassy Washington D.C. Certificate of Appreciation.
  • 2004 : Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Hall of Distinguished Alumni Award.
  • 2003 : University of California San Francisco, Commencement Speaker.
  • 2001 : Indiana State University, Distinguished Lecturer, Terra Haute, Indiana.
  • 2001 : AACN. Seventh Annual John P. McGovern Award
  • 2001 : University of Virginia. Eighth Annual Agnes Dillon Award.
  • 1999 : Lavinia L. Dock Award for Outstanding Historical Scholarship. AAHN.
  • 1993 : Certificate of Appreciation. New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.
  • 1999 : AAN. National Media Award.
  • 1995 : International Public Print Media Award, Sigma Theta Tau.
  • 1992 : Book of the Year. American Journal of Nursing
  • 1990 : Official Commendation for Military Nursing Research. Department of the Army.

Tears in the Darkness

The Story of the Bataan Death March and its Aftermath. 2010 New York: Picador. New York, Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, Kindle edition 

A book by Michael Norman and Elizabeth Norman

Here is the story of the worst defeat in American military history, the four-month fight for the tiny peninsula of Bataan in the Philippine Islands - the first major land battle for America in World War II. On April 9, 1942, more than 76,000 men under American command surrendered to their Japanese captors, who set them walking sixty-six miles to prison camp, a notorious walk that came to be known as "The Bataan Death March."

"Tears In the Darkness" is history written as story, thousands of sources and hundreds of interviews carefully woven into a tight narrative that recreates those dramatic days and the men - Americans, Japanese and Filipinos - who lived them.




Selected Publications

  • Norman, E. (2014) "Remembering the Fall of Bataan." American Journal of Nursing 114(4) 50-53
  • McCormack R, Hoffman L, Goldfrank L, Norman M, Norman E. (2014) "Voices of Homeless Alcoholics Who Frequent Bellevue Hospital: A Qualitative Study" Annals of Emergency Medicine. (link)
  • Norman E. (2012). Beyond Combat:Women and Gender Roles in the Vietnam War Era. H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences OnLine. (Book review).
  • Norman M., Norman E. (2011). Bataan Shinokoushin. Tokyo, Japan : Kawade Shobo. Translation.
  • Norman M., Norman E. (2011). Tears in the Darkness. Beijing, China: Fonghong Media, in cooperation with Jiangsu People's Publishing House. Translation
  • Norman M., Norman E. (2011). Slzn v temnote. Czech: Jota Publishers. Translation.
  • Norman M., & Norman E. (2010) Tears in the Darkness: The Story of the Bataan Death March and Its Aftermath. New York: Picador Books .
  • Norman E. (2001). "The Nurses Captured on Bataan." In Brian Lamb (Ed.). Booknotes, Stories from American History: Leading Historians on the Events that Shaped Our Country New York: Public Affairs, 251-258. In print, 2009
  • Norman, M., Norman E., Tears In The Darkness: The Bataan Death March and Its Aftermath.New York: Farrar, Strauss & Giroux. June 2009.
  • Norman, E., & Angell, D. (1999). Vivian Bullwinkel: Sole Survivor of the 1942 Massacre of Australian Nurses. NHR 7, 97-112.
  • Norman, E. (1990). Women at War: The Story of Fifty Military Nurses Who Served in Vietnam. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. In print, 2014.
  • Curriculum vitae

Research Interests

  • Public medicine
  • Bellevue Hospital Center
  • historical inquiry
  • qualitative methodologies
  • women in the military
  • prisoners of war


RESCH-GE.2140.001 Approaches to Qualitative Inquiry

RESCH-GE 3001.001 Dissertation Proposal Seminar

RESCH-GE 2138 Writing Empirical Research: Education, Behavioral, Health, Humanities and Social Science Professions