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Accidental Soldier. A Reserve Officer at West Point in the by Richard B. Schwartz

By Richard B. Schwartz

Accidental Soldier depicts Richard B. Schwartz's army reviews, first as an ROTC cadet on the college of Notre Dame and at last as a military veteran educating in Madison, Wisconsin. In 1959, Vietnam used to be little greater than a observe on a map; inside ten years, american citizens observed the Tet Offensive and their campuses in flames. Schwartz used to be on the floor zeroes of that point, instructing on the usa army Academy from 1967-69 after which going to the college of Wisconsin, Madison, simply after the Dow riots and ahead of the bombing of Sterling corridor. The imperative part of the e-book focuses upon Schwartz's adventure at West aspect, its cadets, officer corps and process of schooling. A sequel to his award-winning memoir, the largest urban in America,Accidental Soldier displays upon his army and educational adventure in the course of the point of view of an over forty-year instructing occupation, twenty-nine of that have been spent as a dean at Wisconsin, Georgetown and the collage of Missouri, Columbia.

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In a matter of days he had recouped his initial investment and the rest of his (quite steady) income was gravy. When the camp was over he had his income and he still had his set of electric clippers. He was actually a very good barber, for he cut close (as we wished) though he occasionally nicked the edge of an ear. ” At the time I was shocked by his words. Class trumped race and, at least in this one case, there was greater commonality between the educated and privileged black student and his white counterparts (before whom he spoke openly) than the commonality between that student and the black service employees.

We also learned the eternal lesson of RHIP: rank has its privileges. The TAC officers were sheltered in a large, airy tent containing comfortable canvas beds, with access to snack food and drink (‘pogey bait’ in Marine argot). They shuttled to and from camp with the mess crew so that they could shave and shower and continue pursuing the life of the gentleman without significant interruption. So-called reality television programming did not yet exist, but there were certain parallels between the structure of our maneuvers and the structure of such later programs as The Apprentice or Hell’s Kitchen.

These textbooks consisted of little more than long quotations from Saint Thomas Aquinas. The one faculty member who regularly fell afoul of the administration (a mathematician) was hectored because of his intellectual posture, not because of his politics, his personal behavior, or his tendency to file grievances. We were told that he was a neoplatonist and while that did not register with us in any intelligible way, it is clear in retrospect that he was a vivid example of the need for universities to respect the notion of academic freedom.

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