- By Mary Edwards Wertsch

Military Brats: Legacies of Childhood Inside the Fortress

  • Title: Military Brats: Legacies of Childhood Inside the Fortress
  • Author: Mary Edwards Wertsch
  • ISBN: 9780977603305
  • Page: 396
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Military Brats Legacies of Childhood Inside the Fortress Military brats childhoods are often scarred by alcoholism abuse and an ever present threat of a parent s loss to war This eye opening sometimes shocking exploration tells what life is really like f

    Military brats childhoods are often scarred by alcoholism, abuse, and an ever present threat of a parent s loss to war This eye opening, sometimes shocking exploration tells what life is really like for the stepchildren of Uncle Sam A new recovery group, Adult Children of Military Personnel, Inc has been formed as a direct result of this book s publication.

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    1. Anyone who grew up in the military will appreciate this book. If you were one of those that felt like your experiences were only your own and no one else would understand read this! The book is a non-fiction work comprised of stories and interviews with people who grew up as military brats. My response was to feel that "Omigod! I'm not alone." What I learned from reading this book was to better appreciated some of the advantages growing up in the military afforded me while feeling validated for [...]

    2. Margaret Mead would have had a field day with us military brats. Imagine her delight at discovering America's lost Tribe, an invisible subculture whose members are scattered all over the globe, who speak a language devoid of accent or dialect, who work in all the professions, who haven't the foggiest notion of where they're from - and yet can find each other in a crowd. All it takes is the overheard comment that” I’m not from anywhere in particular”—that’s brat code. We are the childre [...]

    3. Coming just at this time in my life, this is the hardest book I've ever read. I've cried a lake of tears getting through it because so much of it is, for the very first time in my life, validating my experience.The author spent 5 years researching this, including interviewing 80 military brats - and, crucially, following up with them in that time. Through snippets from the interviews, plus academic research, the journalist author brings the very, very difficult aspects of this subject to light i [...]

    4. This is the definitive book on growing up as a " dependent" in the career military. Mary Edward Wertsh is a military brat and a social scientist who interviewed 85 sons and daughters of military fathers to come to some pretty amazing conclusions. We brats are part of a bona fide American subculture. Who knew? This certainly opened my eyes and got me thinking about a lot of things.

    5. This is an excellent book for those of us who were raised in the Fortress. As a USAF military brat, I related very clearly to this writing. It shed a lot of light on the things I have done in my life, the habits I have and much insight on the dysfunction I grew up with and carried into my own life. A must read for anyone who was raised on base!

    6. Holy crap, this book hit me harder than anything I've read in a really long time. I think civilians have a hard time understanding military life, and I think military brats are not always aware of just how different civilian childhoods are--but this discrepancy is not balanced. "Normal" families are everywhere in the media, so military brats are exposed to that; military brats themselves. . . well, we are almost never represented anywhere. We have *one* famous book (Santini), but beyond that, we [...]

    7. Unfortunately, the prospective is from an Officer's daughter whose depiction is through rose colored experiences of minimal inconvenience. The perspective from an NCO's daughter where father's rank determines social pecking order could have been discussed with other's experience in order for one who knows nothing of the military family to understand the dynamics and snobbery.

    8. Military Brats came to me by suggestion of what it was like to grow up as one. Although I was sure that it was deeply moving for many who identified with the subculture, I found the seminal book hard to read because the author said the same thing in thousands of different ways; in other words, too much fluff. The writing was pretty bad, often going back and forth being subjective and objective, lacking any academic treatment. I was more interested in personal stories, but the author's words kept [...]

    9. Dated in parts (the way it talks about sexuality, the major military conflict in the kids' lives being the Vietnam War), and Wertsch's fondness for Jungian psychology is distracting. I confess I eventually skimmed over any passage that started analyzing so-and-so's inherent masculine/feminine traits (yikes). Nonetheless, a fascinating and useful read for the anecdotes pulled together from a bunch of military kids, the author included.

    10. Military Brats: Legacies of Childhood Inside the Fortress by Mary Edwards Wertsch (Fawcett Columbine 1991) (355.129). Here's a book about another subculture that I never realized existed: the children of military families. Author Mary Edwards Wertsch is the daughter of a career military officer. She refers to the children of career military families as “military brats” or “children of the fortress.” This is a book of interviews with those children, many of whom attended different schools [...]

    11. I was fascinated by the book as a military brat myself. So many things rang true and I also understood both my mother and father ( who are long dead) better-- especially my father, a career Naval Officer from a Navy family. From the fact that when someone asks me " where are you from?" I don't know what to answer to the authoritarianism and alcoholism, the whole book gave me a frisson of recognition. My one criticism would be that it seems to concentrate on the pathology of the military lifestyl [...]

    12. While I recognize some of the people and patterns in this book, I found it to be so one-sided that it was barely readable. I kept wanting to argue--yes I knew some of this, but it doesn't reflect my life or the lives of most of my brat friends. The research was there, but only to support a conclusion that had already been drawn.

    13. If you ever wanted to know what it was like for military children back in the sixties, this is an excellent book. This was one of the first books to come out describing what happened in the families with "military brats".

    14. This is the best book written about what it is like to grow up in the military. Pat Conroy wrote the introduction and I met him at a book signing and I told him that I couldn't read the intro without crying. He said that he couldn't write it without crying.

    15. This book was a much needed read during a time where I did not understand myself as a person. Great read for any "military brat"

    16. This book is MUST reading for any brate intro by Pat Conroy is amazing. For more, you can visit proudtobeabrat

    17. Every Military brat who grew up in the 50's and 60's needs to read this book. It explains alot about why we are who we are and why we do some of the things we do.

    18. so cute that i thought i was ever going to finish this once i left college. so cutee parts i read were excellent though.

    19. Really good. Of course I wish there was an up to date version, since it was published the year I became a military brat.

    20. Every military family needs to have this book on the shelves as reference material for kid essays or to explain and understand our psychological behavior.

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