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Coming Out Under Fire: The History of Gay Men and Women in World War Two - Victor Bevine, Allan Bérubé
Coming Out Under Fire: The History of Gay Men and Women in World War Two
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During World War II, as the United States called on its citizens to serve in unprecedented numbers, the presence of gay Americans in the armed forces increasingly conflicted with the expanding anti-homosexual policies and procedures of the military. In Coming Out Under Fire, Allan Berube examines... show more
During World War II, as the United States called on its citizens to serve in unprecedented numbers, the presence of gay Americans in the armed forces increasingly conflicted with the expanding anti-homosexual policies and procedures of the military. In Coming Out Under Fire, Allan Berube examines in depth and detail these social and political confrontations—not as a story of how the military victimized homosexuals, but as a story of how a dynamic power relationship developed between gay citizens and their government, transforming them both.

Drawing on GIs' wartime letters, extensive interviews with gay veterans, and declassified military documents, Berube thoughtfully constructs a startling history of the two wars gay military men and women fought—one for America and another as homosexuals within the military.

Berube's book, the inspiration for the 1995 Peabody Award-winning documentary film of the same name, has become a classic since it was published in 1990, just three years prior to the controversial "don't ask, don't tell" policy. With a new foreword by historians John D'Emilio and Estelle B. Freedman, this book remains a valuable contribution to the history of World War II, as well as to the ongoing debate regarding the role of gays in the U.S. military.
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Format: audiobook
ISBN: 9781511394765
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Minutes: 780
Edition language: English
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4.0 Coming Out Under Fire: The History of Gay Men and Women in World War Two
It would be interesting to read equivalent books for other countries during the same period, as this only covered the USA, but it did seem to cover it very well. I was impressed at what a wide variety of experiences people had, from being persecuted and kicked out to being more or less out and no on...
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