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Brothers and Others in Arms: The Making of Love and War in Israeli Combat Units Paperback – December, 2002

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  • Paperback: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Haworth Press (December 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560233656
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560233657
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,381,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 24, 2003
Format: Hardcover
From Hayworh Press: "Examine the ways that gay and bisexual men reconstruct their identity-in the steaming melting pot of military life!
This unique book combines in-depth interviews with gay/bisexual Israeli soldiers with a systematic qualitative analysis of what they have to say. In their own words, you'll hear these fighting men discuss both their combat experience and their social and erotic experiences with their fellow soldiers. Then the insightful analyses of each soldier's identification with masculine-military culture gives you a new awareness of how combat is related to male desire.
Brothers and Others in Arms brings you the words of these Israeli men of action. Steeped in `masculitary'culture (a term fully explored in the book), these soldiers--on missile boats, working in reconnaissance units, in tanks, as paratroopers and pilots-share with you the inner workings of their minds and their passions as they perform their life-threatenting jobs along with their peers, both gay and straight.
Essential to understanding gay/bisexual life in Israel and its military, Brothers and Others in Arms focuses on the emotional process behind military performance."
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ben Flanders von Elgk on September 4, 2007
Format: Paperback
In this book the author conducts in the first part in-depth interviews with Israeli soldiers about their experiences in the armed forces. They reveal another world, ususally written out by those who do not wish to recognise it. The author provides qualitative analyses of the individual experiences based on social and erotic relationships in an all-male environment. The point the author makes here is that such relationship go beyond sheer lust. And the sexual fling is a symptomatic expression of feelings which run deeper. It is unavoidable though that sexuality needs some kind of let-out in an all male semi-confined environment.

The book then goes on to further explore male eroticism and masculinity in military culture, and its meanings in real human terms. It is an open secret that male to male relationships transcending platonic friendships have been going on for centuries in armies and navies, and are still going on. The intimate ties that bind individuals to their fellow warriors have been (and are) used by foresighted commanders as a resource for military accomplishments.

In ancient times the sexual organs used to be cut off the bodies of enemy warriors and used in rituals to imbue the victorious army with the strength, virility and masculinity of the other side's heroes, at the same time this demasculation is a means of stripping off power and humiliation. In a perverse way the same sex acts though between comrades in arms not only serve to relieve pressure but also to take on the virility of the other in union. The title of the book, a veritable pun on its contents, says it all in a nutshell.

I suggest you watch the Israeli film Yossi & Jagger as a kind of 'live' illustration to this book.
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