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Conduct Unbecoming: Gays & Lesbians in the U.S. Military by Shilts, Randy
Conduct Unbecoming: Gays & Lesbians in the U.S. Military
by Randy Shilts
Ballantine Books (1994-05-10)
Paperback - 832 pages
1st Ballantine books ed
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"A sober, thoroughly researched and engrossingly readable history on the subject. [Shilts'] chronicle is excellent military history, closely woven with an entrhalling analysis of the changing definitions of sexuality and personal relationships in American society....[A] landmark book....Remarkable."
THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
Written by the author of the highly acclaimed AND THE BAND PLAYED ON, this extraordinary and unique exploration of gays in the military and gay persecution in the miliatary is nothing short of a masterpiece of investigative reporting. Shilts spoke with hundreds of lesbian and gays in all levels of the military and tells their stories of pain and pride with an attention to detail and depth of feeling that will leave readers moved and educated and with better understanding.
When Randy Shilts's
was published in 1995, it was greeted as
major analysis of homosexuality and the U.S. military to date; this continues to be true. Shilts's collage of historical research, interviews, and U.S. military documents (both public and confidential) portrays in detail the vital role that gay men and lesbians have always played in the armed forces, and painstakingly--and painfully--exposes how homophobic and often irrational government policies have demonized them through lies, witch-hunts, and antigay purges. As he did in
And the Band Played On
, his documentary history of the AIDS epidemic, Shilts takes large issues and histories and renders them into readable, understandable narratives. In
he has uncovered new information about homosexuality and the military and has woven it together in a seamless fashion that combines the personal and the political in such a vibrant way that the arguments for basic gay civil rights become irrefutable. Particularly interesting is the story of Dr. Tom Dooley, a gay man who became a folk-legend praised for his humanitarian and anticommunist work in the 1950s, while at the same time persecuted for his refusal to hide his homosexuality.
is a milestone in gay history and social theory; compelling, readable, and always illuminating, it is invaluable in understanding contemporary gay and lesbian politics and culture.
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