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Military Brats: Legacies of Childhood Inside the Fortress Paperback – July 14, 2011
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I think it especially struck home for me since I'm a 2nd generation army brat, my mother having been brought up by an army lifer. My parents met in post-occupation Germany, where my grandfather was CO of a US base and my father was a young officer. They married on base there and I was born two years later in New Orleans. The roller coaster ride didn't stop till I left home at 18, but still I never lived anywhere more than three years at a time till I reached the age of 30. I'm still a perpetual traveler, having chosen a career (guidebook writing) that has kept me on the road -- still great at saying hello and goodbye, not so great at the stuff in between.
I certainly have experienced many of the same ups and downs outlined in Military Brats, and like others I found it very therapeutic reading. I generally loathe self-help or pop pysch books, but this one's different - at least for me. My mother and father both refused to read it and I still haven't got my sister to read it. That says something right there ...
Being a writer myself, I know what kind of effort it takes to put together a book like this. Congratulations to Wertch.
However, this book is targeted to an older generation. I'm 20 and my father never served in either of the World Wars, he barely served in the mess in the Middle-East. Many of the military brats interviewed for this book had fathers that were wounded (or killed) in WW2. But I've found that most of the information out there for military brats revolvs around that time-frame.
I would recommend this book to any military-brat, especially those that are trying to deal with the effects of their childhood.
This book illustrates the challenges many of us faced growing up and the similarities we have had in adulthood. It also helps brats, like myself, understand some of the public service values we inherited from years of family public service.
I have bought five copies to share with other friends who are brats. The stories in this book served as a unifying experience for all of us.
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A very depressing and difficult read. Wertsch claims to write about various aspects of military life, however, it turns into a reflection of her abuseive childhood and obsession... Read morePublished 2 months ago by S.Benni
If you are a military brat this is an must read book. It tells you a lot about why you do things the way you do. Read morePublished 5 months ago by fish seeker
This book was published in 1991 and refers mostly to the children of Military personnel of the post-war II era (boomers). Read morePublished 5 months ago by Michael Eggert
Repetitive. Interviews supportive of a narrow point of view. Buzz words "warrior" and "fortress" repeated ad nauseum. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Persistent Reader
Everyone perceives their life experiences different. This is not mine.Published 8 months ago by JonSn
This book changed my life! I first purchased it 20 years ago and have given out probably two dozen copies to fellow brats since. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Craig Pierce
This was for my husband who is a military brat. He was amazed at how accurate it described his family. He has almost destroyed the first book he owned from reading it so much. Read morePublished 11 months ago by R. Schmidt