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“A riveting memoir!”—Fred Leebron, author of Six Figures
(Fred Leebron 2011-09-26)

"What's refreshing about this memoir is the absence of finger-pointing or assignment of blame. Crow tells her story in a clear voice devoid of self-indulgent apologia. With humility and clarity, she covers both the betrayals she encountered and the self-discovery she made in the aftermath of the maelstrom in whose center she found herself."—Lorrie Lykins, Tampa Bay Times
(Lorrie Lykins Tampa Bay Times 2012-04-01)

"Eyes Right provides fascinating details about Marine life, from training exercises in the high desert to the intricacies of relationships with superiors, subordinates and officers."—Shelf Awareness
(Shelf Awareness 2012-04-06)

"You might not know that the female-soldier memoir is a genre. Perhaps you don't know that because so few of these true accounts were written by professional writers like Tracy Crow, enlisted women who later became creative-writing professors."—Village Voice
(Village Voice)

"Crow's is an engrossing story, and her impeccable storytelling skills bring her battles and triumphs—in the military and at home—vividly to life."—Publishers Weekly
(Publishers Weekly 2012-05-07)

"This book will be of interest to military and Marine Corp historians as well as feminists and female Marines and soldiers."—Therese Nielson, Library Journal
(Therese Nielson Library Journal)

About the Author

Tracy Crow is an assistant professor of creative writing at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, and the nonfiction editor of Prime Number magazine. Her essays and short stories have appeared in a number of literary journals and been nominated for three Pushcart Prizes. Under the pen name Carver Greene, Crow published the conspiracy thriller An Unlawful Order, the first in a new series to feature a military heroine.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803235046
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803235045
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.8 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #675,957 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Compelling, insightful and tragically heart-wrenching! Crow clearly demonstrates that life's biggest battles are those for which there are neither training exercises nor dress rehearsals. Each Marine must navigate the mine field of conscience alone in order to define, embrace, and then ultimately, embody: Honor, Courage and Commitment.
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Normally I do not go for anything military. But I read this at the urging of a friend and I'm so glad I did. It is a compelling story that kept me wanting to know more at the turn of every page. This is one not to miss!
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This story captures, perfectly, all of the pride and the angst of being a woman in the United States Marine Corps. Choices were made, rules were broken, and orders were disobeyed. But the reasons behind it all are all that matters... reasons that drive the pulse of the memoir, and expose the woman behind the Eagle, Globe and Anchor- reasons that are intricately woven between the rigid framework of 'honor, courage, and commitment' and reasons behind those choices revealing the shades of gray that influence the military culture upheld by a system that only interprets what is black and what is white. Why would any woman choose to take this path not travelled by the average American woman, only to be scrutinized, harassed, and challenged by the men who love to hate you, and love to love you? A female Marine does not experience much in between love and hate- and it's only intensified when you're good at what you do. You are always just a female, or woman Marine to begin with, that is, until the other shoe drops, and then you are suddenly a real Marine with a shamefully disoriented moral compass- subjected to a completely arbitrary way of thinking that determines when you're a Marine, and when you're just a woman playing dress-up. And, so, why bother? The love of America, the Corps and the culture, even when it doesn't love you back, is why, and you never recover from a love like that. Those choices made, when navigating the murky waters of capricious perceptions, can just as easily be summarized as a temporary lapse in judgment, or complete lack of moral courage- it's only a matter of who loves you or hates you that day.
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I was riveted to "Eyes Right -- Confessions From a Woman Marine," and couldn't put the book down. As a military wife of 24 years, this book was very nostalgic for me, even though the author does not hold back telling the down side of military life: like how it is hard on a marriage, like how it is easy to slip into behavior which you would not normally participate in (such as an affair) if you were back home, and like how military people frequently try to burn each other in order to get ahead. This book will be of interest even to those who have never had any connection to the military, as it is also about love and friendship and the work-a-day world. Eyes right also shows how hard the feminists of the 1970's and 1980's had to sacrifice to be taken seriously in the military sphere, as well as in other work venues. Tracy Crow is very honest in her evaluation of herself, her sacrifices to get ahead in a man's world, and her regrets over some of those sacrifices that she felt compelled to make. This is also a very well-written book, with perfect descriptions of where the author was, what she was doing, and what her feelings were at the time; her expertise as a writer is to be expected, as she has been a professionally writing for quite some time. I felt a kinship with Tracy Crow as I read her Eyes Right, almost like I knew her personally. Her book resonated with me as a member of a military family, and although I am not a feminist, I feel it will resonate with any women who came of age in that feministic time of the 60's through the 80's, as well as today's women. I gave the book five stars, and I will read it again.
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Your use of imagery was amazing. While reading it, the words played in my head and I felt like I was there. I was stationed at New River, so it hit close to me. Seriously, loved the book and wished it kept going on. Rarely do we get to hear the lady's side. So proud of you! Semper Fi, Tracy!
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This is a well-told, brutally honest candid tale of a career derailed because of personal choices that carried with them the seeds of disaster. Read about them growing to full fruition.

A senior NCO in a chain of commander asks a junior enlisted officer out. How should she reply? A general officer asks a married warrant officer for dinner. How should she reply? What are the risks and responsibilities on both sides? Who, if anyone, bears more responsibility?

One would have wished for someone who would have asked herself the big questions early on? What is love? What is duty? To whom do standards of conduct pertain, when, and why? A big one: In this story, what, if anything, can one conclude about the role of women in the military? Is this story a singular event, or something we can count on over and over again?

Read it. She's a good writer. Answer these for yourself.
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I thought this was really an incredible book. I am hoping to enter the Marine Corps after I graduate and reading about her life was a real blessing. Her life story gave me a lot to think about, especially considering marriage in the military. I am sure things have changed since she was a Marine officer, but it was amazing to read about what life was like in the 80s and 90s being in a female in the Marines. But this story wasn't just about a Marine, it was about a woman with a real life that despite everything served her country with everything she had. I am very grateful Mrs. Crow decided to share with us her trials and tribulations, and I am sure to take some of the insights I got from her book into my own leadership one day.

I couldn't leave this review without remarking on the beautiful prose Mrs. Crow wrote with. I literally couldn't put the book down. I liked her flash back technique that as she told her story she went back and forth between the past and the 'present' until the epilogue. Very nice read.
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