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Absolutely American: Four Years at West Point
Absolutely American : Four Years at West Point
by David Lipsky
Individuality would not seem to be a highly prized virtue at West Point. After all, new cadets arriving at the military academy are not required to pack anything more than a toothbrush and some underwear since they will be issued everything else. But despite their uniformity and disciplined bearing, the cadets profiled in David Lipsky's Absolutely American are still college kids who have moved away from their hometowns to figure out what to do with their lives. Lipsky was given unprecedented access at West Point and spent a full four years following a class from wide-eyed arrival through graduation. The most fascinating cadets are the ones who don't fit the gung-ho West Point stereotype. George Rash faces expulsion on a regular basis but persistently hangs in, "Huck" Finn just wants to play football but becomes more enamored of the military life than he ever expected, and Christi Cicerelle stays perfectly coiffed and, as she says, "girly," even while becoming a highly skilled soldier. Lipsky's tenure came at a pivotal time in the institution's history: hazing had recently been discontinued (part of a series of reforms referred to with both gravity and a little remorse as "The Changes") and the attacks of September 11, 2001 placed the United States in a war which the cadets would have to fight. The academy, in Lipsky's portrayal, demands much of its charges, its standards are high, and the possibility of being "separated" from West Point looms large for any cadet not up to par. Yet the cadets are shown as largely happy people, using the harsh demands of a West Point experience to find the kind of structure and purpose that other college students would envy. Lipsky, a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, creates portraits that are, by turns, hilarious, touching, harrowing, disappointing and joyful. As his subjects finally graduate and launch their careers, readers may feel like a proud parent or friend standing in the crowd and cheering their accomplishments. --John Moe -
Hardcover from Houghton Mifflin Co
Black Cadet in a White Bastion: Charles Young at West Point
by Brian G. Shellum
Paperback from Bison Books
Duty First: West Point and the Making of American Leaders
Duty First: West Point and the Making of American Leaders
by Ed Ruggero
Hardcover from HarperCollins
The West Point Atlas of American Wars: 1689-1900
by United States Military Academy Dept. of Military Art and Engineering, Vincent J. Esposito, United States Military Academy
Hardcover from Henry Holt & Company, Inc.

West Point: Character Leadership Education: A Book Developed from the Readings and Writings of Thomas Jefferson
by Norman Thomas Remick
Hardcover from RPR


The West Point Candidate Book: How to Prepare, How to Get In, How to Survive
by Sue Ross, Randy Lee
Perfect Paperback from Silver Horn Books
Understanding West Point: What Cadets Must Do at West Point, and Why
Understanding West Point: What Cadets Must Do at West Point, and Why
by Norman Thomas Remick
Hardcover from Rpr
West Point: The First 200 Years
by John Grant, James M. Lynch, Ronald H. Bailey
Hardcover from Globe Pequot Pr

Duty, Honor, Country: A History of West Point
by Stephen E. Ambrose, Andrew J. Goodpaster, Dwight D. Eisenhower
Paperback from Johns Hopkins Univ Pr

West Point: The Bicentennial Book
by Agostino von Hassell, Herm Dillon
Hardcover from Howell Pr

Rebels from West Point: The 306 U.S. Military Academy Graduates Who Fought for the Confederacy
by Gerard A. Patterson
Paperback from Stackpole Books

Atlas for the Second World War: Europe and the Mediterranean (West Point Military History Series)
by Thomas E. Griess
Spiral-bound from Square One Publishers

The West Point Way of Leadership: From Learning Principled Leadership to Practicing It
by Larry Donnithorne, Col L. Donnithorne
Hardcover from Currency

Of Honor and Dishonor
by David Crocco
Paperback from PublishAmerica, Inc. 

West Point in the Making of America
by Barton C. Hacker, Margaret Vining
Hardcover from Hylas Publishing

The Class of 1846: From West Point to Appomattox: Stonewall Jackson, George McClellan and Their Brothers
by John C. Waugh, James M. McPherson
Paperback from Ballantine Books

The Second World War: Asia and the Pacific (West Point Military History Series)
by John H. Bradley, Jack W. Dice, Thomas E. Griess, John N. Bradley
Paperback from Square One Publishers

The Class of 1861: Custer, Ames, and Their Classmates After West Point
by Ralph Kirshner, George Plimpton
Hardcover from Southern Illinois Univ Pr (Trd)

The American Civil War (The West Point Military History Series)
by Timothy H. Donovan, Thomas E. Greiss, Roy K. Flint, Arthur V. Grant, Gerald P. Stadler, Thomas E. Griess
Paperback from Square One Publishers

Atlas for the American Civil War (The West Point Military History Series)
by Thomas E. Greiss, Thomas E. Griess
Paperback from Square One Publishers

by John F. Marszalek
Hardcover from MacMillan Publishing Company

The Second World War: Europe and the Mediterranean (West Point Military History Series)
by Thomas B. Buell, Clifton R. Franks, John A. Hixson, David R. Mets, Bruce R. Pirnie, James F., Jr. Ransone, Thomas R. Stone, Thomas E. Griess, Bernardo W. Monserrat, John N. Bradley
Paperback from Square One Publishers

West Point: A Bicentennial History (Modern War Studies)
by Theodore J. Crackel
Paperback from Univ Pr of Kansas

West Point Warriors: Profiles of Duty, Honor, And Country in Battle
by Tom Carhart
Paperback from Warner Books

Honor Untarnished: A West Point Graduate's Memoir of World War II
by Donald V. Bennett, William R. Forstchen, Donald Bennett
Hardcover from Forge

West Point: Two Centuries of Honor and Tradition
by H., Robert Cowley, et al
On the Fourth of July in the year 1802, a handful of cadets gathered on the tall banks of the Hudson River to celebrate the formal opening of the United States Military Academy at West Point. At the time, two instructors with few books taught the rudiments of military engineering in a building no larger than a country schoolhouse. From these inauspicious beginnings rose a national citadel that has produced America's greatest military leaders and two presidents (three, if you count the Confederacy's Jefferson Davis). This is the story of "The Point," in the throes of war and the lull of peace, in its glory days and years of challenge.
Hardcover: 304 pages
Warner Books; ISBN: 0446530182;

The Spirit of West Point: Celebrating 200 Years
by Jon C. Malinowski, Eugene J. Palka
Paperback from Black Dome Press

The Campus Guides: West Point U.S. Military Academy
by Rod Miller, Richard Cheek, Alexander M., Jr. Haig
Paperback from Princeton Architectural Press

Atlas for the Great War (West Point Military History)
by Barbara Pleasant, Thomas E. Griess
Paperback from Square One Publishers

The Colored Cadet at West Point: Autobiography of Lieut. Henry Ossian Flipper, U.S.A., First Graduate of Color from the U.S. Military Academy (Blacks in the American West Series)
by Henry Ossian Flipper, Quintard Taylor
Paperback from Bison Bks Corp

The Wars of Napoleon (West Point Military History)
by Albert Sidney Britt, Thomas E. Griess
Paperback from Square One Publishers


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