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The 188th Crybaby Brigade by Joel Chasnoff
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Jan 18, 2010

really liked it
Read from January 16 to 17, 2010

Comments based on prepublication reader’s copy. The book provides a cynical and compelling view of the Israeli military and Israeli society. The author provides an appropriately challenging view of the hypocrisy and dichotomy of both areas. The Israeli Army is stereotyped as one of the best in the world yet the author shows through actual examples that lower levels of officers are unsuitable, poor leaders, worse teachers, and unsuitable to lead in combat and their mission is ill defined. Regarding society the author points out how easy it is for many to avoid dangerous military service and classes of peoples that exploit exemptions. The crux of Israeli societal hypocrisy is depicted when the author is not allowed to be married, despite being born into a family and being raised a Jew. He is Jewish enough to be a citizen of Israel, fight in Lebanon, yet not Jewish enough to be married in Israel. In spite of the very personal nature of the content, the author’s narrative is surprisingly objective. I strongly recommend this book and the fictional Beaufort, By Ron Leshem as excellent characterizations of Israeli military and society.
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