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5.0 out of 5 stars Gay life in world war II, January 14, 2012
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This book is for everyone! Veterans, current soldiers, scholars, professors, and the layman alike!

This is a well researched account of gays and lesbians in the military in World War 2 (there's only one other book like this out there).

There's plenty of novels that deal with gay and lesbian characters in World War II; but none of them captured what it was really like for those men and women who served our country in the line of fire.

It describes life in all aspects and services. This book is just amazing. Straight people need to read this too. It's thrilling! It's brilliant!

Words cannot describe how good this book is!

It starts off by telling the pre-war situation of gays and lesbians serving and then rapidly expands to include mobilization, war in the Pacific, Europe, and the post war situation of LGB soldiers.

It covers things like sodomy laws, blue discharges, life on the front, behind the lines. It's covers everything.

And its not limited to men. There's chapters dealing with the women who served in the auxiliary services such as the WACS and WAVES.

This book is simply amazing and I highly recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye-opening part of history, September 7, 2013
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I'm an author and read this while doing research for a novel. My eyes were opened. While gay, lesbian and bisexual Americans volunteered, and died in the service to our country during WWII, they were, for the most part, systematically discriminated against and treated with dishonesty, humiliation and psychological abuse.

Sometimes mere accusations with no proof were enough to drum a member out of our armed forces depriving them of rights and the GI Bill benefits. To make it worse, their draft boards were told and work got around in civilian life that they were unfit. In that era, after the war, the lack of an honorable discharge often cast such a dark shadow that many couldn't find work.

For those who believe being gay is a choice and a sin I disagree with you. I ask if you truly believe that or if you are doing a knee-jerk reaction to poison ideas implanted in you.

This story is history, and you won't read of it in standard history books. Discrimination is discrimination is wrong. The pledge of allegiance ends: "with liberty and justice for all."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Historical Prespective, July 11, 2013
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This review is from: Coming Out Under Fire: The History of Gay Men and Women in World War II (Kindle Edition)
this is an excellent book, revealing a bit of history that I am sure very few are aware. I thought is was well written and factual; the characters in this book are what they are and it was interesting to hear their point of view of a situation they bascily had no control over, being drafted into military service. If anything this helps give a presepctive as to why the military has acted the way they have when it comes to gay and lesbian service members. These individuals showed great courage and charater as their stories unfold. Well worth the read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Totally New Perspective on WWII, June 29, 2013
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This review is from: Coming Out Under Fire: The History of Gay Men and Women in World War II (Kindle Edition)
A very unique book; gives a completely new definition to "hardship" during World War two. I loved the dedication at the beginning of the book (Mr. Berube dedicated to his deceased male lover). Gay struggles are part of the human struggle and should not be ignored.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read, March 11, 2014
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This book is something I needed for my final paper for a history class. I actually enjoyed reading this and ended up getting a B on my paper. Should proofread better I guess.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Would recommend and use this provider again, August 22, 2014
Quick service and item as described. Would recommend and use this provider again.
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