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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Press HC, The (October 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594203318
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594203312
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,099,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Josh Seefried is currently an active duty air force officer and 2009 graduate of the Air Force Academy, and operated under the pseudonym “JD Smith” prior to repeal. As co-founder and co-director of OutServe, he is regularly sought by the media to represent gay active duty members, and has only appeared in shadow to date. Seefried was an invited guest to the presidential signing of the legislation to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”


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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By KBJohnsi on October 13, 2011
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I think people are underestimating the historical significance of this book. Three short weeks after the repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy a collection of people previously silenced are now speaking out under their real names. Their stories are truly humanizing. One man talks about his problems of dealing with his partner dieing, going to and from the hospital, making funeral arrangements, all the while going back into work the next day in silence. The book deals with AIDS/HIV, leaving a partner behind and making it through deployment, closeted life at the service academies, and the painful ordeal of undergoing the discharge process.

This book is timely, honest, tear-jerking, but leaves the reader feeling on top of the world. The stories are short, which makes the pages fly by and your emotions reel. A MUST READ for anyone who is interested in the more human side of military service.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Clara B. on October 24, 2011
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As a former Army Captain, Reading the stories of these soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, all at once was overwhelming emotionally. So many military service members struggling to hide their lives so that they can follow the calling to serve their country. Alongside some of the stories of betrayal by shipmates and fellow officers were stories of the loyalty and friendship that characterize what most of us had in the military: essentially "Screw the policy: you had my back, now I got yours."

Ths chapters are brief - enough to get a sense of a human being in turmoil, an incident, a resolution - some happy, some tragic. The number and variety of them is what gets to you after awhile - male, female, enlisted, officer, cadet; most currently serving, a few discharged; most gay and lesbian, one straight; but what you come away with is a profound respect for the courage it took to put your life in the service of your country despite the extraordinary burden of closing off your personal life entirely.

Everyone in uniform, and everyone who cares about our military, should read this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Hatosy on October 23, 2011
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Even before I entered the military, I've long since believed that the DADT policy was very much unjust, and hearing that it was to be repealed, I was thrilled. Finally, America was a step closer to true equality for all. I was, however, unaware of the true depths of the inner turmoil that our country's service members had to go through in an effort to continue to serve while hiding who they truly were. This book allowed me to get some real insight into the trials, tribulations, losses, and victories of these brave individuals. It was truly inspirational. To Josh Seefried and all those who assisted in the repeal of DADT, as well as all LGBT members past and present - you should be very proud of your accomplishments. You've truly helped to change this country for the better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Twain on November 15, 2011
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There are countless stories in this book from our military members who have been closeted, bullied, threatened and punished for being gay and trying to serve our great country. This is an excellent collection of stories from all branches of the military.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Richard Cutshall Jr. on October 20, 2011
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I am not gay and i did not serve. Something about the policy of DADT, shortly after it passed, really bothered me on an ethical level. Not being gay and not being in the military I just never really dove into why it bothered me so much. I should have, and oh what a book. This is a required read for any student of "unintended consequences": Businessmen, policy makers, religious leaders, corporate executives, moms, dads, anyone with a vested interest in outcomes. Many thanks to Mr. Smith and the authors for bringing me this fine work.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By davidhalldc on October 15, 2011
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A great book. I highly recommend. Good insight into how "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" affected different people in different ways. Some of the stories are heartrenching.
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