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Soldier's Heart by Elizabeth D. Samet
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Apr 17, 09

bookshelves: arts, character-studies, culture-and-politics, history, memoirs, writing, literature, poetry
Read in April, 2009

Deeply fascinating, thought-provoking, and moving. The author describes her experiences teaching literature and writing at West Point. Her accounts of a number of cadets she's taught, with some of whom she's stayed in close touch, are intriguing. It's inspiring to know that one of our military academies is doing such a good job of teaching officers to be critical thinkers who are exposed to all perspectives and deeply aware of history and their place in the world. Anyone who thinks that people in the military are dull or mindless, or that we're all alike politically or philosophically, needs to read this book among others.
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