Absolutely American

Absolutely American

Four Years at West Point

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Lipsky, a Rolling Stone writer and an award-winning novelist, chronicles daily life at the U.S. Military Academy during the most tumultuous period in its history. In 1998, West Point made David Lipsky an unprecedented offer: stay at the Academy as long as you like, go wherever you wish, talk to whomever you want, to discover why some of America's most promising young people sacrifice so much to become cadets. Lipsky followed one cadet class into mess halls, barracks, classrooms, bars, and training exercises, from arrival through graduation. By telling their stories, he also examines the Academy as a reflection of our society: Are its principles of equality, patriotism, and honor quaint anachronisms or is it still, as Theodore Roosevelt called it, the most "absolutely American" institution?
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ISBN: 9780547523750
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Jul 24, 2017

This book provides a very interesting look at the West Point life. For someone with few connections to the military, it widened my understanding of that lifestyle and the motivations of our military personnel. Lipsky did a great job of balancing factual information about how the military operates (jargon, history, etc.) with personal stories and experiences of the cadets. It was easy to read and worthwhile!


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