Book Reviews of Absolutely American : Four Years at West Point

Absolutely American : Four Years at West Point
Absolutely American Four Years at West Point
Author: David Lipsky
ISBN-13: 9781400076932
ISBN-10: 1400076935
Publication Date: 5/11/2004
Pages: 384
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 17 ratings
Publisher: Vintage
Book Type: Paperback
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A remarkable achievement. This is a superbly written account offering an insiders view of the greatest military institution in the world.
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Marvelous look into Westpoint life. Required reading but I loved it.
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A very interesting and accurate portrayal of life at our country's most prestegious military university.
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A fascinating account of the West Point program. Very informative, esp for someone like me who knows little about the military life. I loved this book and have it in hardcover--it won't make it onto PBS, sorry! :)
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In 1998, the commandants at West Point offered the author, a Rolling Stone reporter, unfettered access to their students. The result is a sunny portrait of a group of young men and women who, as one of them says, "don't quite fit in." Lipsky touches on some recent, controversial attempts at modernizing the academysuch as a ban on hazing and the promotion of "consideration of others" (which in the context of the Army could, in an "extreme instance," mean jumping on a grenade to save the lives of your fellow-soldiers)but he is more effective as a chronicler of personality than of politics. A cadet defaces his uniform to protest softening standards; a bodybuilder worries that his future wife, following him from post to post, won't have a career; a football star fears life after graduation, wondering, "Can I think for myself?" Though initially ill-disposed toward the military, Lipsky eventually found that "of all the young people I'd met, the West Point cadetsalthough they are grand, epic complainerswere the happiest."
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Very good read. I felt like I was at West Point and quickly loaned it out to the parents of a West Point cadet.
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This book is very well written, and has educated me of West Point in ways I do not believe can be learned elsewhere besides knowing someone who attends the academy. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the Military. Butter Bars rule!