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Posted June 26, 2007
God save us from the converts.
This book provides a wealth of information on the state of todays military and recruiting. It is well written and informative. That said the authors manage to complain about the divisions of class in america while at the same time try to impose their sense of class on the military. Constant refrence to the privlaged elite and their lack of military involvment is delivered in a condescending style. The privlaged elite would benefit from military service is of no doubt. Again and again the authors refer to the potential of the children of the elite as officers. Not wasting their god given talent on anything as low as the common enlisted or junior NCO. As in the real world the implication is that the upper class should be proud to serve as long as they get to be the boss, God knows Paris Hilton has so much to offer in the way of leadership and disciplin. This may be a novel sugestion but perhaps the children of the ruling class could truly benefit from walking a mile in the boots of a grunt! This is a well written book and easy read, a lot of good information. Sadly the argument for service the writers use to support their thesis would not get a passing grade on the debate team at Harvard or Princton. Buy it, read it, and think about the content of the message. It's a good starting point that lacks the depth to consider it a finished policy.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 15, 2006
Woodard has nothing on these guys
It's important to get some perspective of the setting and political environment in which the current war and possible future wars exist. In a logical and easy to read fashion, the authors show why this is a serious issue and how this generation is worse off that others because so many of our politicians have neither served nor had family that served. A good read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 2, 2006
No Excuse for Not Reading This
Let me start with my bias -- I am a friend of the author, Kathy Roth-Douquet. Knowing Kathy, I would read this book no matter what. But Kathy has not disappointed. AWOL is what should be the beginning of a national discussion on service. Kathy and her co-author, Frank Schaeffer, have set out a view of military service that is both personal and policy-oriented. Their personal committment makes the policy recommendations compelling. About the only shortcoming of the book is the absence of a thorough discussion of official gender discrimination within the military and how that may affect the attitudes of young women toward service. Overall, AWOL should be required reading for presidential candidates, policy makers, parents and voters. Our nation will be enriched by the discussion that follows.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 28, 2009
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