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Always a Soldier: Service, Sacrifice, and Coming Out as America's Favorite Black, Gay Republican

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As Seen on Fox & Friends and The Next Revolution with Steve Hilton!

An Iraq War memoir and searing political commentary from Fox News regular and “America’s Favorite Black, Gay Republican” Rob Smith

Moonlight meets American Sniper in this groundbreaking memoir and political commentary from a bold new voice in American politics. Before he became a war veteran and political a
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published July 21st 2020 by Post Hill Press
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Stephanie Meyers Helms
Aug 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Almost rated a 3 because the first half of the book didn’t pull me in as the second half did. But that wouldn’t be fair, simply because the second half kinda blew my socks off.

Prior to reading this book, I’d seen Mr. Smith on a random news snippet as well as a social media video. I was impressed by his presence, poise, and point of view, and knew I wanted to hear more from him.

I do have to agree with other reviews - the two parts of the book were vastly different, both in style and content. I t
Aug 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Always a Soldier was a very good read, but felt like two distinctly different books to me. Rob Smith addresses this at the outset, explaining he wrote one book and by the time he found a publisher, his political views had changed in such a way he wanted to add more to the book.

Part 1 is very much a story of what one is willing to risk for their future, the hardships of growing up in an unstable home without strong parental figures, and serving in the military during the age of DADT. It’s a comi
I want to support Rob Smith and I admire him, but this is not a well put together book. The writing is fine but he spends the first 80% of it talking about his four-year military career, in which not a whole lot happens beyond him having to hide is homosexuality. There's very little about his upbringing and he chooses to be very discreet about his sexual relationships, both in terms of number of men he has been with and what he did with them

Then once he leaves the service he skips over the next
Wendy Merrill
Sep 02, 2020 rated it liked it
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I’m a fan of Rob Smith so I was excited to read this. Honestly, I didn’t think the first part was written very well. I remember a lot of descriptions of fellow soldiers as robust and guts hanging over belts. A lot of description of heavier dudes (nothing against heavier dudes, just thought it was odd that he described it so much). And I felt lost sometimes but that could just be me haha. It was interesting reading about the war in Iraq. I never paid much attention to it before, but now I see how ...more
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow! What an amazing story of the ins and outs of life as a black, gay man in the military during DADT. Rob’s honest experiences really kept me captivated, and wanting to know what happened next in his story. His courage of serving in the US Army, and having had to put his life on the line, truly makes me appreciate all that the US Armed Forces does to maintain the freedoms we enjoy here in the United States of America (being a Navy kid and all, it helps hearing of such experiences). I also appr ...more
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book. Almost cried at times to hear his struggle coming to terms with being gay and having to hide it while in the military. Didn’t realize that DADT meant quite literally don’t get caught doing. Now in hindsight, that seems obvious. Difficult to read how the policy was lived out.

The second part of the book, if expanded, could have been a book in itself. I disagree with another review that we need to know more about his 15 year span of life after the military. He summarized it perfectly,
Aug 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It was, like someone else mentioned, kind of like two books in one. The first portion describes his experience of being a closeted gay black man in the army, which I found very honest, heartbreaking and a bit terrifying. The second portion discusses his more recent experiences in life, ones that led him to leave the Democrat party. Although I appreciate how he calls out the hypocrisy of some of the so-called tolerant groups (i.e. LGBTQ), I do wish he would have spoken more thoroughly about hi
Sep 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
First half of the book was interesting as a biography. The second half was full of name calling, fear mongering, begging the question, straw-man arguments and name dropping in what seemed lick a check list of talking points as self promotion. I’m it gay, people are treated as a monolithic culture ruled over by an authoritarian oligarchy. While reading the book, I frequently found myself wondering who are these “cult” leaders that mysteriously have so much power over me? Smith make good points re ...more
Aleksandar Ovnarski
Sep 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am ever so glad I did not join the army when I couldn't afford to go to college; I would not have lasted a nanosecond in an environment even half as hard as the one the author thrived in. This is a book full of obstacles overcome, and an account of the culture of the American army, and as one can expect, the army life is hard. It is also a book about personal growth, attained with great perseverance and the success such hard work can bring. It is inspirational and sincere. I respect the author ...more
Jack Adams
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is really a great book that describes how he escaped the liberal plantation where racists like Biden can say that you aren't black if you don't vote for him and get away with not being called on his history.
Rob Smith is a great example of how intact families, as was the norm before the liberals who passed the "Great Society" and "War on Poverty" laws were destroyed to create the killing fields of Democrat controlled cities today.

Joseph Rispoli
Aug 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed a new perspective to follow a persons life journey.
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Well written. An informative, powerful look into Rob Smith's life. I look forward to hearing more from him.
Aug 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed reading this book and have so much admiration for Rob Smith.
Rhea Matar
Sep 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A super interesting and unique perspective. I couldn’t put it down and enjoyed his personality and honesty through the pages. Skipped a couple graphic sections but overall would highly recommend.
Catherine Stark
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Awesome! I couldn’t put it down. Read this book. You will not regret it!
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