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MILITARY BRATS: Legacies of Childhood Inside the Fortress by [WERTSCH, MARY]
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From Publishers Weekly

Wertsch explores the common childhood experiences of military offspring, revealing much about the fragility of the family and the dark side of human nature.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Operation Desert Storm will increase interest in all things military, so the topic of the services' children is timely. Journalist Wertsch, daughter of an Army colonel, inspired by Pat Conroy's The Great Santini (LJ 6/1/76--Conroy contributes an introduction here), interviewed 80 adult "brats" to record their childhood recollections. Longer and more analytical than Mary Truscott's Brats (LJ 11/15/89), and with greater attention paid to dark themes, Wertsch describes a mixed legacy of alcoholism, abuse, rootlessness, and rigidity; yet also loyalty, achievement, resilience, and idealism. Had her account of growing up "inside the Fortress," as Wertsch somewhat tiresomely puts it throughout, focused more upon concrete detail and less upon her subjects' psyches and her own psychological outpourings, the book would have been of wider interest to readers raised civilian. Still, this is a good choice for many public libraries and for any library serving a military population.
- Robert F. Nardini, North Chichester, N.H.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • File Size: 1427 KB
  • Print Length: 489 pages
  • Publisher: Brightwell Publishing (August 20, 2010)
  • Publication Date: August 20, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00408AND2
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