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Home Fires Burning: Married to the Military-for Better or Worse

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2009

    Karen Houppert's Soapbox Against The Military & President

    This book had a lot of military facts and it was very clear the Author did a lot of research and cited a lot of useful information. But, she could not help herself from adding her own opinion against President Bush and the Military. This was clearly her vehicle to rant about her anti-war, anti-military and anti-Bush views. The resentment she feels toward the military for her father's death is obvious and I believe she uses that anger toward the military in her writings. She fails to realize that we have a volunteer army. These men and women enlist because they feel a sense of pride in their country and want to protect it. With all of the research that she did, she failed to comprehend that one small fact. The Army didn't take these men and women at gunpoint and force them to enlist. They did it willingly and knowing full well that they may be called to duty one day. This book is just a liberal rant from a bitter woman.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2007

    Honestly THE Best Book for Military Wives to Read

    This book is written in honest language about the real lives of military families. No glossy, ¿I love the (insert branch here)! God Bless America!¿ It¿s gritty and truthful. This book delves into what happens after our spouses leave for war. It¿s how spouses, both wives AND husbands pick up the pieces and keep the family going while Mom, Dad or possibly both parents are at war. This is a candid narrative of our lives. If you are looking for insight on military family life, read this book. If you are preparing for your spouse¿s first deployment, read this book immediately.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2006

    agree with previous poster not impressed

    My fiance just brought his troop back from Iraq a month ago. They had been gone since January of 2005. I saw this book and thought that it would be an interesting read. We have been together since March of 2002. By page seven the first slam of President Bush and the military is made. It almost sounds like she is slamming the military funeral as well. 'A soldiers death calls for a brilliant display of patriotism, a nod to the notion of cause as a way of affirming that this death was not in vain'. While the Commander in Chief may stumble (the fact that the president George W. Bush had not made one single condolence visit or phone call to a dead soldiers family sent a ripple of shock through the miliary community in 2003) military brass understands that death matters and may indeed be it's most critical public relations campaign.Compassion and spectacle are esential to winning the hearts and minds of the American public, and the military firmly believes that these elements can-with proper attention to detal- be manufacutred'. The author has carefully picked the wives for this book. The majority have problems (that they have caused for themselves) that the author and the wife blame on the military. Here is a quck synopsis of the wives. 1. Lauren (Husband died he was in a seal team, obviously not her fault, but the author was able to makes some underhanded comments about the military) 2. Crystal a teenage military bride (16/17). She complains about money and that they were too young when they had their baby. She goes on to say her husband isn't very caring about the baby. She then get's pregnant again less than a year later. Wow that is some true itelligence. 3. Ulli A German, who doesn't like bush but enjoyed meeting him once. She thinks that he really does care. The author blasts her a bit for this. 4.Nga a wife who supported her husband in him fleeing to Canada to avoid going to Iraq. The author said that the army doesn't like women who are educated and intelligent like her.I thought it was funny that she would interview a deserters wife. For a book that talked about how it was to be married to someone in the miltary. 5. Then there is Heidi another german born bride (married to a commmander) who protested outside of her husbands base against the war. They are having maritial problems and he's been past up for promotion(figure that out). The author seems to idiolize her. The author used these brides to get her political agenda across. The perfect way not to be criticized? Pick military wives that have the same beliefs as you and get their stories in your book. I gave this book two stars. The reason I rated it so highly is that it demonstrates to single soldiers who not to marry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2005

    Just not impressed

    I was disappointed in this book. I am a military wife with a deployed husband and was hoping for stories of other wives without the political rhetoric of the author. There are way to many cut in's of the author's thoughts and story intertwined with the stories of the other spouses. I just wasn't impressed.

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