Tough As Nails: One Woman's Journey through West Point

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Tough as Nails is one woman's account of her personal experiences and the lessons learned from them; it is how West Point engraved Duty, Honor, and Country onto her soul. Tough as Nails gives you the West Point experience. You'll see it, feel it and learn something from it. You'll smile and you'll laugh. This is the story that Erma Bombeck would have written had she been a member of the Class of 1981, the second class with women at WestPoint.Tough as Nails is more than a coming-of-age memoir. Originally written ...
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Overview

Tough as Nails is one woman's account of her personal experiences and the lessons learned from them; it is how West Point engraved Duty, Honor, and Country onto her soul. Tough as Nails gives you the West Point experience. You'll see it, feel it and learn something from it. You'll smile and you'll laugh. This is the story that Erma Bombeck would have written had she been a member of the Class of 1981, the second class with women at WestPoint.Tough as Nails is more than a coming-of-age memoir. Originally written to assist her in her role as a West Point admissions liaison officer, the author shares knowledge gained in her 15 years working with admissions.
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Authentic, compelling, and at times Pollyanna-like, this work describes Dwyer's experiences as a cadet in the second class at West Point to include women. While earlier works, such as Carol Barkalow's In the Men's House, captured the unique experiences of the pioneering women of the Class of 1980, Dwyer's story introduces a circumspection that comes with almost 30 years' distance, marriage to a fellow West Pointer, and four children. Humor, self-deprecation, and attention to detail enliven her stories. This is indeed "one woman's journey" in that other female West Pointers might remember more misogyny and sexual harassment. VERDICT At a time where our nation is involved in two wars and an economic crisis and some people question the very existence of our service academies, Dwyer paints West Point as a complex but enduring bastion of duty, honor, and country. Anyone interested in what really goes on inside the high-pressure, high-testosterone leadership lab that produces some of the nation's finest army officers will enjoy this book.—Leslie Lewis, Duquesne Univ. Lib., Pittsburgh


—Leslie Lewis
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555716639
  • Publisher: L & R Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 711,472
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Gail Dwyer graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with the second class of women. She retired as a lieutenant colonel from the U.S. Army Reserves and has spent the past sixteen years serving with West Point admissions as a liaison officer. She and her husband have four children, two of which currently attend West Point.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2009

    Great story with wonderful perspective

    Finally a book about West Point that is positive! It is a joy to read this book. She gives such great detail that you feel like you are there with her. Both grads and non-grads will enjoy reading her story.

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