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The Kinder, Gentler Military: Can America's Gender-Neutral Fighting Force Still Win Wars
The Kinder, Gentler Military: Can America's Gender-Neutral Fighting Force Still Win Wars
by Stephanie Gutmann
Edition: Hardcover
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1.0 out of 5 stars A Disappointing Book, Feb. 8 2001
This book had the potential to be a very informative and honest debate of women in the military and the so-called "feminization" of our nations armed forces. If you want a one-sided debate interviewing disgruntled retirees and macho "Rambo" warriors grumbling about the loss of the good "old military", this is the book for you. Although the book had ample statistics to show why women shouldn't be in the military and how the services are being weakened, it did not address the statistics that show how women are strengthening the military. In order to really address her topic, she needed to address and refute statistics that show the strength of the "new military". She also did not address any of the deeper reasons why men have a problem with women in the military. Instead, she seems to have been satisfied with absent-mindedly filling the pages with subjective statistics and interviews with disgruntled personnel. Having studied this very subject, I found it unforgivable that she never once sited one of the foremost experts on women in the military, Jean Bethke Elschtain, a professor at the University of Chicago and the author of "Women and War"( a book I recommend for a real, scientific, and unbiased understanding of the subject). Thus I found the book a poorly researched, biased, superficial piece of sensationalist rhetoric. The American public deserves an honest, open discussion of this topic and this book did not give it.

Lords of the Ocean (Revolution at Sea Saga, Book 4)
Lords of the Ocean (Revolution at Sea Saga, Book 4)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lords of the Ocean, Sept. 21 2000
As an officer in the United States Navy, I was often frustrated with modern naval fiction. The great writers, O'Brian and Forrester wrote about the Royal Navy and mentioned the US Navy only in passing. Thank God for James L. Nelson! Now American readers can be proud of their own great naval heritege which Nelson truly brings to life! I couldn't put Lords of the Ocean down. Filled with action,intrigue, and historical accuracy, Lords of the Ocean is a book that I will be recommending to commanding officers to put on their command reading lists.

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