I saw this book at a military base library and wished I could have a copy and then I saw that I could buy it here on Amazon. I just finished it and and was not disappointed. It brought back SO many memories of my life as a military wife for 24 years. I became a military wife at the age of 17, almost young enough to be a "brat" myself. I never new many brats personally, though, as we did not have children for quite a while and hung around with young couples that had no children, and then when we had children of our own, we hung out with couples who had babies and toddlers, and then my husband retired. So, this book gave me real insight into a slice of the military that I did not know much about. There are some discrepancies in the list at the front of the book, showing who was an officer's kid and who was an enlisted man's kid, a couple of those were wrong, but that was the only flaw I saw. This book is a collection of short memoir-style clips of military-brat life from the 40's through the 70's. Those telling their stories were both men and women, officers' and enlisteds' children, from all branches of the service. The author gives her own commentary at the beginning of each chapter, and it was always very insightful. Actually, their lives sounded, to me, more bleak and dismal than exciting, with the much too frequent moves and family separations as the fathers went to war, however, all of the people interviewed, to the last man and woman, firmly stated that they wouldn't trade their lives for anybody else's, because it made them the strong people that they are, people able to adapt and cope with whatever life throws at them. A well-written, good, fun, easy read. Five stars!