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Matlovich: The Good Soldier Hardcover – August, 1989


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Alyson Pubns (August 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555831389
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555831387
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.6 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,541,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In 1975, Air Force Sergeant Leonard Matlovich told his superiors that he was a homosexual, thus becoming the first person to challenge the military's antigay policies and the first openly gay person to appear on the cover of Time magazine. His case (won on narrow grounds) put him into the spotlight as gay spokesperson and hero, yet his conservative Goldwater politics made him a controversial figure and kept him estranged from the movement's leadership. Still, he remained active in the movement. Matlovich died of AIDS-related illnesses in 1988. This biography reads like an extended article in a Sunday newspaper magazine supplement, yet Matlovich's unique place in gay history will require most public libraries to purchase it. Pictures and index not seen.
- James E. Cook, Dayton & Montgomery Cty. P.L., Ohio
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Mazza HALL OF FAME on May 28, 2005
Format: Paperback
"Matlovich: The Good Soldier," by Mike Hippler, is the biography of an Air Force sergeant who, as an openly gay man, challenged the United States military's policy of kicking gay people out of the service. The book looks at many aspects of Leonard Matlovich's life: his background as the son of an Air Force sergeant; his combat duty in Vietnam, where he was severely wounded; his relationship with the Mormon church; his post-Vietnam Air Force duties as a drug and alcohol counselor and race relations instructor; his legal battle with the Air Force after he decided to challenge the policy on homosexuality; his life as a public figure after his case got media attention; his work as a businessman after leaving the Air Force; his political life as a conservative but pro-gay rights Republican; and his final years as an AIDS activist. I found Hippler's look at Matlovich's relationship with his parents to be particularly moving.

Matlovich is a well-balanced book; Hippler looks frankly at the choices Matlovich made. The book covers Matlovich's failures and disappointments as well as his successes. Throughout the book Hippler includes extensive quotes from Matlovich himself. There are also many quotes from important people in Matlovich's life and times, among them lifelong friend Michael Bedwell, ACLU lawyer David Addlestone, journalist Randy Shilts, and Metropolitan Community Church founder Troy Perry. This blend of voices is balanced quite well and complemented by Hippler's own narrative voice.
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By A Customer on April 3, 1997
Format: Paperback
Lenoard Matlovich, with three tours in Viet Nam, an unblemishedservice record, and several medals including citations for bravery andthe purple heart is dismissed from the military because he is gay.
The book is a well written documentary of the legal challanges that follow as well as the metamorphisis of Matlovich from political conservative to gay activist. The reader gains insight into the absurdity of the military's position
and how difficult the struggle to challange it. Frustrating, but interesting story.
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