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Honor Bound; A Gay American Fights for the Right to Serve His Country

Joseph Steffan

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ISBN 10: 0679416609 / ISBN 13: 9780679416609
Published by Villard Books, New York, NY, 1992
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Villard Books, New York. 1992. Hardcover. Stated First Edition/First Printing. Inscribed by the author to a couple. Book is tight, square, and unmarked. Book Condition: Fine. DJ: Fine. White boards with white cloth overlay on spine with black and gold lettering on spine with gold American flag on front board. 245 pp. Few stories in recent history sepal as eloquently to the heinous injustices still perpetrated against gay people as this book does. The author was forced to resign from the US Naval Academy after he admitted to being gay just short of graduation. A fascinating book of fighting discrimination at the highest levels of our country's military establishment. A clean pristine copy. Bookseller Inventory # 003254

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Title: Honor Bound; A Gay American Fights for the ...

Publisher: Villard Books, New York, NY

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Inscribed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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A high-ranking Annapolis cadet who was expelled from the Naval Academy for homosexuality recreates life inside the Academy, taking readers through all four years, and addresses the issue of straight and gay sex within the institution. 35,000 first printing. Tour.

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A controversial subject--the Defense Department ban on homosexuals in the armed forces--viewed from a highly personal perspective by a young man forced to resign from the US Naval Academy when he revealed his sexual orientation. Steffan was raised in a small Wisconsin town, the child of an intensely conservative Roman Catholic family. Even granting a milieu in which Sunday sermons and G-rated movies were apparently the major source of information about the outside world, the author's sexual naivet‚ is a bit hard to credit. He seems to have avoided confronting his possible gayness until he was well into his 20s. Accepted into Annapolis upon graduation from high school, Steffan was, by his own account, an exemplary cadet, rising to the rank of battalion commander by his fourth year. It was then that rumors of his possible homosexuality began to circulate, though Steffan insists that he had never engaged in overt sexual practices. When queried by a board of review, he admitted his gayness and was given the option to resign--or be discharged from the Academy. He resigned. Steffan's overdetailing of his naval experiences is nearly as numbing as a military training film, but the narrative tension begins to build when he contacts the Lambda Defense Fund and launches a courtroom challenge of the antihomosexual policy. Much of his case rests on the findings of a Justice Department report stating that ``having a same-gender or an opposite-gender orientation is unrelated to job performance in the same way as being left- or right-handed.'' The case is still in litigation. An important, earnest work but flawed by stilted writing. Readers may prefer to wait for Randy Shilts's upcoming book on the same general subject. (Sixteen pages of b&w photos--not seen.) -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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