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Title:
Uncle Sam's Brides : the world of military wives
Author:
Stone, Bonnie Domrose, 1941-
Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Walker, cl990.
Physical Description:
225 pages ; 24 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780802710994
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Book

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Booklist Review

This slim volume covers every aspect of the lives of contemporary military wives, from the increased number of foreign-born military brides through the handling of spouse abuse. The authors, military wives themselves, have written well and with great respect for their colleagues, though not with much admiration for the armed forces' efforts to deal with the problems they face. Inevitably somewhat cursory, the book still provides excellent coverage in a relatively small space, well supported with notes, a glossary, a bibliography, and an index. For larger military or women's studies collections. --Roland Green


Publisher's Weekly Review

Stone and Alt, themselves wives of military men, here chronicle with sympathy the nomadic, often frustrating lives of women married to American enlistees and officers. The picture they paint is grim: within the self-contained, socially stratified, conformist communities stationed at bases in the U.S. and abroad, standards of living may seem luxurious compared with those of earlier times, but families of lower-ranking personnel must often subsist on meager allowances even when obliged to shop in expensive neighboring cities. Moreover, the authors claim, wife abuse and marital separations are no strangers to military unions, and AIDS--contracted by the men through exposure to prostitutes--is not uncommon. Stone and Alt contend that a wife's ability to perform socially, as befits her husband's rank, makes or breaks his career and her domestic bliss. However, they add, the traditional power of military wives' clubs is declining as more women pursue their own careers. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

This is the first book to study the lives of women married to men on active U.S. military duty. Written by two ``military wives,'' it portrays a bleak existence full of pressure to conform and help their husbands get promoted, of prolonged separations and obligatory relocations to isolated posts, and of social status determined by the husband's rank. The authors explore the impact of military life on marital relationships, the problems of insufficient pay and substandard housing for enlisted personnel, the high incidence of spousal abuse, and the major adjustments that foreign-born wives must make. On a more hopeful note, they document the changes occurring as a result of pressure from women with careers of their own and from wives of men who are prisoners of war or missing in action. An extensive bibliography and an interesting topic make this a unique addition to most collections.-- Barbara M. Bibel, Oakland P.L., Cal . (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.