Coming Out Under Fire: The History of Gay Men and Women in World War II (Anniversary)

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University of North Carolina Press
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6.18 X 9.22 X 0.97 inches | 1.35 pounds

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About the Author
Allan Berube (1946-2007) was an independent scholar and community historian.
John D'Emilio is professor emeritus of history and gender and women's studies at University of Illinois at Chicago. A Guggenheim Fellow and a pioneer in the field of gay and lesbian studies, he is the author, coauthor, or editor of numerous books, including Sexual Politics, Sexual Communities and Intimate Matters, which was cited in Justice Anthony Kennedy's opinion in Lawrence v. Texas, the 2003 Supreme Court case overturning US anti-sodomy laws. Both are also published by the University of Chicago Press.
Estelle B. Freedman is the Edgar E. Robinson Professor in U.S. History at Stanford University.
A timely and valuable perspective. . . . Coming Out Under Fire, the product of more than 10 years of research, of digging into archives and interviewing scores of veterans, is the story of how--out of necessity--the military coped with this large influx of homosexuals, and how gay men and women coped with the military. . . . Particularly in the context of [the] debate over who has the right to fight and die for his or her country, Coming Out Under Fire is well worth reading."
--Doris Kerns Goodwin, New York Times Book Review

Extraordinary. . . . What is most fascinating about Berube's book are not the cases of gay oppression but the evidence of official acknowledgment of a gay presence within the military . . . whose numbers were far greater than anyone had imagined at the onset of the war. . . . Coming Out Under Fire succeeds by describing in detail the prejudice and social change of a turbulent era . . . [and adds] important information to the current debate over the military's battle to keep homosexuals out of the armed services." --Randy Shilts, San Francisco Chronicle

A pioneering work . . . original and well-documented. . . . Mr. Berube deserves plaudits for making a strong contribution to our knowledge about those who marched to a different drummer."--Herbert Mitgang, New York Times