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The disaster Mitchell deplores has so far been on an individual scale: a few suicides, forced retirements and discharges, and the trials of drill sergeants. This litany is hardly a bill of good organizational health, and the public policy question has thus become whether to press forward with gender integration of the armed forces--or to pause and reconsider the wisdom of the effort. Conservatives such as Mitchell take succor from second thoughts emerging from such neoliberal tastemakers as columnist Richard Cohen of the Washington Post. Mitchell, hardly a guarded writer, disputes every argument ever put forward to open the military services to women, and for evidence he reviews most of the studies and commissions that have examined the issue since the 1970s. This information underlies the claims bruited about amid sensational media flaps (les affaires Hultgreen and Flinn). Mitchell's well-researched, though opinionated, book can be balanced with a benign view of the issue, Ground Zero: The Gender Wars in the Military by Linda B. Francke . Gilbert Taylor
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 390 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing; First Edition edition (December 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895263769
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895263766
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #769,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Paul J. Walkowski on February 10, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Brian Mitchell's book deserves but, probably won't get the serious attention it deserves, due to its politically incorrect theme. Nevertheless, this book is a compelling and well-written study of a controversial policy which needs to be reviewed top-to-bottom. Once congress required the military to apply civilian "equal protection" standards to jobs in the military, the foundation was laid for an "Allice-in-Wonderland" transformation which got "curiouser and curiouser" the more it was enforced. Mitchell minces no words, and backs up what he says with enough detailed information to convince all but the most hardened that America's incomprehensible move toward androgyny is a mistake of fatal proportions. Highly recommended. A fast and troubling read.
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27 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 1, 1998
Format: Hardcover
A book for the ages, telling us what we have all known from the start and/or experienced first hand in combat and garrison. And something that all those special interest groups and womens rights finatics have hidden, ignored or covered up for decades. The reason this book is so important is that many of us (myself included) who have served our country in the military already know what Mr. Brian Michell is writing about. The truth that he is trying to get out from under the stone that the feninist have successfully hidden it under. If the report says no...hide it, if the report says it degrades our readiness...obsure it. If the report says we can't or shouldn't try to make this work, throw out the report and start over. Find an ear that will ignore the truth. Even at the cost of our readiness, the lives of our sons and daughters, and a reduction in our preparedness. It is shamefully clear by Mitchell that our Presidents of the past have gone along with this farse for votes. Clearly unsatisfactory. It is a masterful job of telling the world what really happens when you mix men and women in trainning and in combat. Disaster. I have seen this in a 27 year United States Marine Corps Career. Enlisted, Warrant Officer and Commissioned Officer. Thank God that Brian Mitchelle has come along to vindicate our own cries for relieve from this disaster. And thank goodness that a company would even publish it. Lives are going to be lost, and the feminist are willing to sacrifice the many for just a few. Better yet to simply push their agenda, that is not wanted by real women in America. Perhaps Saving Private Ryan will give all women cause to rethink and understand why men are opposed to this idea. A must read for any man or women who is really serious about finding out the true effect an unprecedented increase in female participation in the military will cause.
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful By T. Cole on December 7, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Brian Mitchell knows his subject. He's an Airborne Ranger qualified Infantry officer, which is something that none of the detractors on here can say. When I read this book, I was a young man headed off to West Point. I had vague notions about women in the military and was not in favor of women serving in combat. But I felt that the government couldn't restrict women's access to public institutions (this was just after the Citadel and VMI were forcibly opened). This book exploded those notions in my mind and drastically changed how I viewed the feminization of our Armed Forces. My subsequent experiences as a cadet and as an officer in both all-male and mixed gender units (in combat in Iraq and in garrison) underscored the basic truths of this book. All-male units are superior in every way to mixed gender units, which are absolute disasters of sexual tension and misconduct, poor discipline and wretched physical fitness. Many of us also mourn the loss of the great honor and traditions that were destroyed at the nation's Service Academies, leaving them a politically correct farce far from their glorious past.

Mitchell's book is a bit dated now. Many of his vignettes from the 1970's - 1980's are long forgotten or footnotes to the fact that women are serving overseas in the War on Terror. Regardless, this is an excellent primer for someone wanting the non-politically correct truth of how 35 years of feminist policies have had ruinous and pernicious effects on the military's cohesion, fitness, morale and readiness.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Norman J. Fulkerson on June 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
It takes a great deal of courage to address such a politically sensitive issue as Women in the Military, but that is exactly what Brian Mitchell does in this book.

In it he narrates, among other things, the true story behind the sensational Tailhook Scandal and how Paula Coughlin was anything but innocent. And also the tragic death of Kara Hultgreen (the first women F-14 Pilot) which could have been prevented if those in charge would have just recognized her inability to safely handle such an aircraft.

The most frustrating part of the book are the stories of some good men who were pure and simply sacrificed on the altar of political correctness. Men such as Maj. Jeffrey Ecker, a Top Gun Navy flight instructor, who was "removed from flight status and reassigned to nonexistent maintenance jobs," merely because he told the truth about the poor flight performance of one Jacquelyn S. Parker; a performance so pathetic that she nearly got herself killed.

Even more appalling was the story of Admiral Stan Arthur. In spite of the fact that he had flown over 500 combat missions in Vietnam and "commanded the largest naval armada since World War II", during the Gulf War, he was forced into early retirement. Why? Because he simply "approved a report upholding a decision to wash out a female officer (Rebecca Hansen) from flight school."

This is an excellent book for those wanting to know the disastrous consequences of allowing women in the military.
Norman Fulkerson
Author An American Knight: The Life of Colonel John W. Ripley, USMC
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