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Skies to Conquer: A Year Inside the Air Force Academy

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  • Posted May 7, 2010

    Good book - but ignores the academic side of Academy life.

    The author, a New York Times reporter, reports on the Air Force Academy experience and its rigors (with an emphasis on rigors). Unfortunately she almost totally ignores the academic side, which is what makes up most of the Academy life. Many of the cadets are involved in cutting edge research. Reporting on their trials and tribulations on such projects and the pressure for academic performance would add significantly to her understanding Academy life.

    She interviews a number of members of Classes of 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 and reports on their progress through the Academy. She includes a number of interesting and often touching stories of cadets as they become molded into Air Force Officers. The sexual assault scandals of a few years ago seem to be repeatedly brought up in her writings, even when they do not fit in the storyline.

    I highly recommend the book for anyone interested in life at the service academies, and especially anyone thinking of entering one of the service academies, as well as their parents. It will give them a glimpse of the Academy life style.

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