In the Men's House: An Inside Account of Life in the Army by One of West Point's First Female Graduates

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9780671673123: In the Men's House: An Inside Account of Life in the Army by One of West Point's First Female Graduates

Describes her life at the U.S. Military Academy, her struggles with a male-dominated institution, and the course of her Army career

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The author, a member of the first West Point class that admitted women, presents a vivid account of life at the academy and as an army officer. She describes the grueling physical training and merciless hazing practices, obstacles which only increased her determination to succeed. The military establishment is reluctant to accept women, she says, and the West Point routine does not allow a normal social life: support groups and male-female relationships are prevented by the rules against fraternization outside one's rank and the suspicion generated by close relationships with other women. This rigidly controlled environment prevents the thinking and analysis the institution is supposed to encourage in future leaders. Despite these problems, the author is a dedicated army officer who is proud to serve. She hopes to see improvement as more women choose military careers. Recommended for all collections.
- Barbara M. Bibel, Oakland P.L., Cal.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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YA-- In 1976, 118 young women entered the United States Military Academy at West Point. From Beast Barricks to command of her own company, Barkalow takes readers through life in the male-orientated military. Her four years at the Academy are described by way of her personal diary. The contempt shown to her by most of her male classmates and instructors makes readers respect her determination to continue. The rules, regulations, and traditions of West Point will fascinate them, especially as the Academy struggled to accommodate its new female cadets. With service academies now routinely admitting women, In the Men's House is a timely guide for any woman considering entering the military, especially by way of the gates of West Point.
- Katherine Fitch, Jefferson Sci-Tech, Alexandria, VA
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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