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Swarmy Barnacles

Combat Veteran, aspiring writer and raging liberal.

Connecticut | Member Since 2012

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  • Coming Out Under Fire: The History of Gay Men and Women in World War ll

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Allan Berube
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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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 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.

    Susie says: "Bringing the Armed Services Out of the Closet"
    "Hidden History of WW2"
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    If you could sum up Coming Out Under Fire in three words, what would they be?

    Gays At War


    What other book might you compare Coming Out Under Fire to and why?

    I don't have one right now to compare it to, it's the first of its kind I've read so far. I'm sure there are others like it out, but I've not seen them yet.


    Which character – as performed by Victor Bevine – was your favorite?

    I liked his reading, but he seldom brought the veterans to life. Aside from that, he's a great narrator.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The individual stories, the triumphs and tragedies of love and hate during the war. It was amazing to hear this part of the wartime experience from the words of the men and women. I can't really choose, but maybe the love nests aboard Navy Ships.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm a combat vet myself who's hated Don't Ask Don't Tell since its inception. I'm not sure if it would've worked, to create an open environment for gays and lesbians, in the past but it's great to finally let everyone be free.
    I hope more books like this come out (pun sorta intended) on audible.

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