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Coming Out under Fire: The History of Gay Men and Women in World War Two (Plume) Paperback – April 30, 1991

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Berube uses documents and interviews with gay veterans to explain how the military purged servicemen and -women on the basis of homosexuality during WW II and how these policies were publicly challenged later by military psychiatrists. "This evenhanded study brings into sharp focus an important chapter in American social history," said PW .
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Product Details

  • Series: Plume
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; Reissue edition (April 30, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452265983
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452265981
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #362,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Berube's book is a mighty history in the lives of gay American men and women in WWII military. Berube is meticulous in his research and documentation, and presents the information well. This book has been his work for several years, armed, as he says, with the "Freedom of Information Act." What others have relegated to the dusty shelf, Berube brings back to the forefront, and proclaims how integral a part of our history it is. A monumental work, and a great read as well.
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A fascinating look at how the US military treated gays and lesbians during WWII. Especially interesting is the military's double standard: allowing gays and lesbians in the military during the war years because they were much needed, but taking a tougher line towards them after the war was over.
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I purchased this book for a class in college and found it an easy read. The subject matter is not one that generally interests me but the author keeps you engaged. The book has a good historical summary and does a good job at tying the issues it brings up to the world of today. An easy to enjoy book.
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The book was very informative. Reading thus gave me the chance to really understand yet another side of WWII
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