Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Cannonball Read - Book 28

Absolutely American: Four Years at West Point by David Lipsky wasn't my first choice for a non-fiction book - my favorite non-fiction subdivisions are memoir or historical crime. But my friend Teenie said it was awesome, and she's generally right about that sort of thing. And wouldn't you know it? This was no exception. Lipsky, a writer for Rolling Stone, was given unprecedented access to West Point, and stayed for four years, which allowed him to follow a whole class from plebes to firsties (that's me, using the lingo). Absolutely American is less a book about the military and more a book about personality - the reader comes to know the cadets and what makes them tick. Along the way, sure, there's military stuff, and some of the instances of infraction and punishment are extreme, but what's more compelling is why these kids went to West Point in the first place, and what's keeping them there. I really, really liked this book.

Absolutely American - A-

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