“Peter Tauber’s beautifully observed and hilarious diary of basic training as it is practiced in ‘the new action army’ is the most likeable work of lightly serious non-fiction I’ve read since The Strawberry Statement, a cool devastation of an institution one would have thought too thoroughly battered by this time to be worth expending any more ammunition on. Every draftee should equip himself with The Sunshine Soldiers and, just to even the contest, the Army should issue it to every officer and noncom who must deal with the troops. As for me, I stand in some small awe of Tauber’s achievement.” -----Richard Schickel, Harper’s “Lord, to think what twenty-odd years has done to Pvt, Hargrove.” -----George Plimpton “Does for Basic Training what Up the Organization tried to do for the corporate scene---blow the whistle on the whole stupid, phony, wasteful, counterproductive charade just by telling it like it is. Right on, Peter Tauber” -----Robert Townsend, author of: Up the Organization “For anyone who recalls his own military service with any reverence, it makes harrowing---if at times hilarious--- reading -----E. Roy Ray, Business Week “The Sunshine Soldiers is the most reasoned, and the best anti-military, pro-human book since All Quiet on the Western Front. Its humor is as black as that in Catch-22, and its grasp of military ‘reason’ is as complete.” ----- Eric Lax, The Texas Observer “. . . .the spirit of The Sunshine Soldiers--a daybook accounting of two months of basic training at one of the West’s most unpleasant bald spots, Fort Bliss-- is a blend of Lucky Jim and Catch-22.” ----- Robert Sherrill, New York Times Book Review
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Peter Tauber is a journalist, novelist, speech writer, political analyst, and university lecturer. He is the author of The Last Best Hope and has contributed to The New York Times Magazine and the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner. He lives in New York City.Review:
". . . one of the comic gems of the late-twentieth century. I cannot praise it highly enough." -- Nicolas von Hoffman, Syndicated columnist. April 2002
". . .Uncle Sam's Army will attempt the impossible, . . .Basic Combat Training for Peter Tauber, an irony-clad New York Reservist . . ." -- Don Foster, Vassar College, author: Author Unknown.
"... I know perfectly well there was nothing droll about that time or that place, except that Tauber was there." -- Molly Ivins, Syndicated columnist April 2002
"Does for Basic Training what Up the Organization tried to do for the corporate scene..." -- Robert Townsend, author of: Up the Organization
"If one could gene-splice Mark Twain, Stephen Crane and Woody Allen, the creature would write a book: The Sunshine Soldiers." -- Bill Blinn, Emmy-Award winning screen writer of: Brian’s Song, Roots, Purple Rain.
"Peter Tauber's hilarious diary of basic training is the most likeable work of lightly serious non-fiction." -- Richard Schickel, Harper's
"Sunshine Soldiers was the first BOOK to define what became the social chasm of the 60s, between pre and post-Vietnam" -- Martin Walker, UPI, Author: America Reborn, The President We Deserve, and the novel: The Caves of Perigord.
"The Sunshine Soldiers is the most reasoned, and the best anti-military, pro-human book..." -- Eric Lax, The Texas Observer
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Book Description Higganum Hill Books, 2003. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Revised. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0963518569
Book Description Higganum Hill Books, 2003. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0963518569