Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyBerube uses documents and interviews with gay veterans to explain how the military purged servicemen and -women on the basis of homosexuality during WW II and how these policies were publicly challenged later by military psychiatrists. ``This evenhanded study brings into sharp focus an important chapter in American social history,'' said PW . (Apr.)
BooknewsBased on interviews with gay and lesbian veterans, wartime letters, recently declassified government documents, and other sources, Berube tells the story of how the military's mobilization for war made soldiers confront homosexuality in their personal lives and changed the ways that homosexuality fit into American institutions. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Coming Out Under Fire: The History of Gay Men and Women in World War II, 20th Anniversary Ed. based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
This is one of those books that makes you think, how could I not know all this? The stories from WWII's queer stockades are particularly valuable. And though much of the book's subject matter is discouraging and grim, the quotations and anecdotes Berube includes often add levity in spots where you'd think levity was impossible. Absolutely terrific.