Diana Jean Schemo, a veteran journalist and foreign bureau chief at the Baltimore Sun and the New York Times, has covered poverty and child abuse, culture, religion, and education. Her reports have tracked rebels in Colombia, counterfeiting in Paraguay, and indentured servitude in Brazil. She has written from more than twenty-five countries and regions, including Somalia, Iraq, Israel, and the Amazon. For more, visit www.skiestoconquer.com.
Skies to Conquer: A Year Inside the Air Force Academyby Diana Jean Schemo
"Skies to Conquer is a terrific, important, beautifully written book. Diana Jean Schemo takes readers deep inside one of the military's most important, if least understood, institutions: the U.S. Air Force Academy. It is a book that proves that America's warriors of the air are made, not born. Schemo was granted extraordinary, fly-on-the-wall access to a new class of training cadets who arrive in Colorado Springs as uncertain, undisciplined teenagers and are molded, sometimes brutally, into the future leaders of the United States Air Force. A collection of rich, very human portraits of these young men and women, the book also offers a troubling, if scrupulously fair, portrait of the institution. Written in the wake of the school's 2003 sexual-assault scandal, Skies to Conquer contains startling evidence to suggest that sexual harassment and religious intolerance may still plague the academy."
—Philip Shenon, author of the New York Times bestseller The Commission
"Diana Jean Schemo gives us entree to a most unusual school that is not only one of the world's most elite war colleges but also a bellwether of the U.S. military's attempts—and, sometimes, reluctance—to meet the demands of the democratic society it serves. But this is not a book about strategy, policy, or politics; it's the story of young, soon-to-be and never-to-be officers and their education, a balanced and empathetic account of how authority is built, bestowed, earned, and undermined in an institution at a cultural crossroads. A fascinating, valuable work of journalism."
—Jeff Sharlet, author of the New York Times bestseller The Family
"Diana Jean Schemo provides a compelling, nuanced, and balanced portrait of life inside the Air Force Academy that raises critical questions about how we are training the next generation of air force officers. The human story of what happens to these bright, idealistic young men and women in the cauldron of the academy is both enthralling and important."
—Douglas Frants, coauthor of The Man from Pakistan
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