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Priests and Padres: A Very Narrow View of Reality,
This review is from: An Intimate History Of Killing: Face To Face Killing In Twentieth Century Warfare (Paperback)
As an active duty chaplain in the military I had a significant interest in chapter 9, Priests and Padres. First, I was amazed at the number of references and her ability to read, organize, and synthesize them into a narrative. These references, however, are derived from a significant number of ministers writings or sermons, which became the framework for her conclusions. Furthermore, multiple references, representing several wars, are devoid of their cultural-historical context and woven into one sentence or paragraph leaving the reader to think the behavior, concept, or issue is timeless and characteristic of clergy. I don't consider the chapter a valid historical analysis because of the limitations of the source material. What the chapter does provide is a summary of her sources convictions and behaviors-which is not the whole story. Since I considered her conclusions in chapter 9 highly subjective I did not read the rest of the book.