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“Unfriendly Fire offers a sharp, vigorously framed analysis.”—The New York Times
“Unfriendly Fire reads like a crisp, confident, tightly focused legal brief appealing an unconscionable decision; pity the opposing advocate who must answer it point by point. With this book, President Obama, who pledged to scrap don’t ask, don’t tell, has an instruction manual, as well as a blooper reel for avoiding Clinton’s mistakes.”—Washington Monthly
“Why does his book, Unfriendly Fire, need nearly three hundred pages of text to make the same relatively simple points? Because he makes them so discerningly, so substantively, and so well. Unfriendly Fire offers a sharp, vigorously framed analysis of this state of affairs. The main attraction in Unfriendly Fire is the agility and tough-mindedness with which Mr. Frank presents his arguments.”—Janet Maslin, The New York Times
“This new book from the academic who first broke the story about the gay Arabic translators who were thrown out of the military is the best thing ever written about Bill Clinton’s disastrous policy of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ ”—Columbia Journalism Review
“A meticulously argued case for the dismantling of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ and for the full reversal of the ban on gay and lesbian servicemembers.”—NPR.org
“The book is a definitive addition to Allan Berube’s Coming Out Under Fire and Randy Shilts’s Conduct Unbecoming, which each focused on eras before ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ when gay soldiers were simply banned without any epistemological baggage. But Frank differs from his predecessors with his insistently critical tone and laser-like attention to the policy’s shortcomings.”—The Advocate
“Frank examines the 1993 law that bans open homosexual service in the U.S. military . . . and provides compelling evidence why the law should be repealed. . . . Unfriendly Fire is recommended reading, especially for those who proudly serve our Nation, because of its well-reasoned insights on how the current ban on homosexuals in the armed forces is currently undermining our military might.”--Military Review
“Frank tears down the pro-ban position on multiple fronts [and] builds a solid case that the ban on gays in the military is not only wrong, it is endangering the country.”—Kirkus Reviews
Nathaniel Frank is senior research fellow at the Palm Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and teaches history on the adjunct faculty at New York University’s Gallatin School. His publications on gays in the military and other topics have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Republic, Slate, Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, Newsday, Philadelphia Inquirer, Lingua Franca, and others, and his research and opinions have been cited on the congressional floor, in syndicated columns, in the blogosphere, the New York Post, The Advocate, National Review Online, the AP, and other venues, including university syllabi and media roundups. Frank earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in history at Brown University. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
The best book on this subject. Essential reading. Really well researched, and a good read, too. Every library should have a copy.Published on November 27, 2013 by Dave Cullen
'Got it on time and the book is of good quality. It looks like it's been shelved for many years, but I don't blame the seller - this is such a niche market book. Read morePublished on December 10, 2012 by Rui
It was for an essay that i had to write, one of my four sources. It was ok, kinda boring. IMO it was pretty biased.Published on January 23, 2011 by Ira
This book is definitely pro-gay. It distorts, misinterprets and skews facts to its advantage. Definitely one-sided. To be read with a grain of salt as to its accuracy and value.Published on April 27, 2010 by Paul L. Vicalvi
Examining the military's own record, Nathaniel Frank makes the tight case that 'don't ask don't tell' has ultimately undercut the military's effectiveness and readiness. Read morePublished on March 28, 2010 by Robin Orlowski
The notes on the Kindle edition of this book are not linked, which is highly annoying. I have not finished reading the book, so I am not rating or reviewing the content, only the... Read morePublished on February 22, 2010 by Abby
I was hoping this book would once and for all make me decide how I think about this important issue, but it really didn't. Read morePublished on September 27, 2009 by So. Calif book reader
for the intellectual and for the pleasure reader who is unaware of the dont ask dont tell policy of the clinton administration. Read morePublished on July 22, 2009 by A. Lopez