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Title:
The American warrior
Author:
Morris, Chris, 1946-
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Stamford, Conn. : Longmeadow Press, 1992.
Physical Description:
xiv, 271 pages ; 25 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780681414013
Format :
Book

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Booklist Review

This unusual book attempts to present the ideals, aspirations, and visions of the future held by some 30 American soldiers of both sexes, all services, specialties ranging from special forces to interpreter, and ranks spanning noncom to lieutenant general. Their responses to detailed, well-conceived questionnaires have been edited and arranged with considerable skill, yet the book remains something of a grab bag. It is also a treasure trove, however, for anyone studying the present generation of the American military and constitutes further evidence that military people are much more thoughtful about the nature and direction of their profession than the average civilian is willing to concede. Highly recommended for large military collections. ~--Roland Green


Publisher's Weekly Review

The editors (science fiction writers and coauthors of The Nonlethality Initiative ) sent a questionnaire to members of various armed services; this volume publishes the responses of 38, among them men and women from the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force, a former Israeli paratrooper, a Canadian army man, a one-time deputy director of the CIA and a former member of the National Security Council. Such questions as ``What are the emotional rewards of warriorship?'' virtually invite pompous replies and, indeed, several of the male respondents pontificate about moral courage, honor, integrity, loyalty and pride. (The four women included do not.) The editors interrupt occasionally with inane comments (``So we must be on our guard against not only wrong action, but also wrong reaction and wrong inaction'') in an unfocused and often boring text. No salty or irreverent comments leaven the sanctimonious tone. ( Nov. ) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved