Bridging the Military-Civilian Divide: What Each Side Must Know About the Other?and About Itself

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We never seem to others as we seem to ourselves; understanding this fact brings us toward understanding our place in the whole. Insisting on merely our own point of view rather than striving to see the big picture is helping keep the two sides on opposite sides of the divide.

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Overview

We never seem to others as we seem to ourselves; understanding this fact brings us toward understanding our place in the whole. Insisting on merely our own point of view rather than striving to see the big picture is helping keep the two sides on opposite sides of the divide.

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"Bruce Fleming has taken on a topic of critical importance to our modern democracy—the misunderstanding between our society and its military, and its impact on the roles and missions of the latter. Professor Fleming has had a privileged view from within the U.S. Naval Academy as a civilian and scholar for nearly twenty years. His message is equally valuable for those who serve and for those who realize the responsibility to understand and use the military wisely in these complex times."—Kathy Roth-Douquet, co-author of AWOL: The Unexcused Absence of America’s Upper Classes from Military Service and How It Hurts the Country
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597974288
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/31/2010
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce Fleming has been a professor in the English Department of the U.S. Naval Academy since 1987. The author of Annapolis Autumn, Why Liberals and Conservatives Clash, and numerous other books and articles on a wide range of issues, he has received an O. Henry short story award and the Antioch Review Award for Distinguished Prose, a career award. He is also a regular columnist with military.com. A native of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Fleming lives outside of Annapolis with his family.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

1 Mutual Misconceptions 1

2 The Hammer, Not the Hand 27

3 Monopolies and Their Discontents 57

4 Military Virtues 67

5 Pain Is Weakness Leaving the Body 91

6 Cold and Timid Souls 103

7 Baby-Killers 115

8 Military Metaphysics 125

9 Forcing Change 147

10 No (Talking about) Sex, Please-We're Military 167

11 God and Man 183

12 What's a War" 197

13 What Makes a Leader" 211

Notes 269

Index 277

About the Author 285

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  • Posted March 24, 2011

    Highly recommended

    A dense book that more than repays a careful reading. Essential for anyone who wants to understand the changes taking place in the military with regard to women and gays and who wonders why our political and our military leaders are seemingly unable to communicate honestly and effectively regarding these issues as well as the strategic challenges facing the nation.

    Bill Tate
    USNA Class of 1964

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