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2.0 out of 5 stars Agenda-driven and kinda boring, January 8, 2012
This review is from: Bridging the Military-Civilian Divide: What Each Side Must Know About the Other - And About Itself (Hardcover)
I bought this book because I thought the author, as a civilian professor at the US Naval Academy, would have a balanced view of both sides of the -- at times tenuous -- relationship between the civilian and military aspects of our national defense. I have a relative who is considering attending a service academy (not USNA) and thought I'd pick this up, read it, and then pass it on to him. I'm glad I read it first myself (actually, I gave up about two-thirds of the way through).

The book was boring, repetitive, and at times difficult to follow. But beyond that, the author obviously has a personal and political agenda that is presented in a non-academic, non-logical fashion that wears thin before long. While he does attempt to lay out the reasons why the divide exists, he skews toward why conservatives should not be so pro-military and why the military needs to understand and adjust to the new order of things. He gives relatively short treatment to any consideration of the ways in which liberals and the media misinterpret the military culture. He appears to have an axe to grind and expects you to pay to listen to the grinding noise.

If you seek a book that provides insight into the Civilian-Military relationship, look at the other "related" books in Amazon. This one, on the other hand, ended up in my recycling bin. Disappointing because I truly hoped to enjoy it.
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