May 23, Does her assertion that the average Joe equated France with brothels and sex follow? Mar 10, Hassan rated it really liked it. Finally at 29, I just decided to do what I wanted to do and ignore all the bad prognostics. What Soldiers Do is a strong book with a compelling argument.
GIs arrived on French soil with preconceived sexual fantasies and an ingrained belief in the decadence of French women. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.
New York Times. I liked that. Meticulous research but psychological analysis spoils the narrative in places. Along with six dozen fellow U. All rights reserved. On how she integrates the heroism and great military accomplishments with the behavior of troops in France.
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Charles H. Furthermore, the author claims that sex was a trophy of victory, or a way to show a nation's manliness amongst weak French males. Also, this study provides a worthy insight into the situation facing our 19 year old conscripts from ancient Sparta to today.
Help Community portal Recent changes Upload file. I also enjoyed the chapters on African-American soldiers being routinely and disproportionately accused and convicted of rape.
I also consider it a truly great moment for our nation, but a flawed one as well - a very human moment of glory. I didn't finish it. Instead, many rape accusations were directed at the African American soldiers serving mostly in rear-echelon positions during the war.