Absolutely American

  • by David Lipsky
  • Narrated by David Lipsky
  • 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

As David Lipsky follows a future generation of army officers from their proving grounds to their barracks, he reveals the range of emotions and desires that propels these men and women forward. From the cadet who struggles with every facet of West Point life to those who are decidedly huah, Lipsky shows people facing challenges so daunting and responsibilities so heavy that their transformations are fascinating to watch. Absolutely American is a thrilling portrait of a unique institution and those who make up its ranks.

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What the Critics Say

"Addictive....A story that could inspire even nonmilitary buffs to follow the cadets' careers like those of their favorite sports heroes." (Newsweek)
"A superb description of modern military culture and one of the most gripping accounts of university life....Powerful....Wonderfully told." (The New York Times Book Review)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

He got it right.

I'm an Annapolis graduate but have found that we share the same memories and call to duty as West Point and Air Forc alumni. Lipsky captures the good and bad parts of an experience that is becoming more and more unique in America.
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- Andrew

Lost opportunity for excellence

My son and I looked forward to listening to this book together. Unfortunately it was a disappointment for both of us.
The reason: the book focuses on mediocrity at an institution that should be the culdron for excellence. The author obviously has very limited personal military experience and chooses to focus on telling the story of the cadets who rather than excell at the academy choose to only meet the minimum. Yes, as with any underdog story he tries to get the reader to root for the runt of the litter. Instead I found myself wish that the main characters, who we in the Army referr to a shammers, would have been kicked out. These cadets are supposed to be leaders not the marginal at best that he shows them to be in the book.
I found myself in constant disbelief, as a MAJOR at 37 years of age even I passed the APFT for Airborne school, the same criteria that the one of the main characters failed over and over.

This could have been a book of excellence penned by an author with obvious talents. But by focusing on those who barely meet the minimum requirements he misses by a long shot the true character of the academy. Very unfortunate, and a very disappointing read.
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- Gregory

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-05-2004
  • Publisher: Random House Audio