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

Been There...Done That

Great insight into the Academy...even if I'm nearly 15 years removed - I guess some things are timeless...even if the Corps has. Even greater insight into the emerging leaders of today's Army - the struggles they face to live up to the most stringent standards...the ones they place on themselves...as they prepare to lead our sons and daughters into combat. Well done Mr. Lipsky.
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- Stephen

Book Details

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