Rosemarie Skaine draws us into the life of a man or a woman for whom serving one's country and war was once settled but now is quite unsettled. The Persian Gulf War changed the face of combat. Women's military roles were brought into the spotlight. The media played a role, helping bring an impetus for change in laws that had prevented women from serving combat assignments.
This scholarly book is compulsively readable. It presents historical and present-day views of the involvement of women in the military. The role of the American public in the controversy is explored. Readiness, cohesion, ability, sexuality, equal opportunity, and family issues are brought into open territory. Female combat is placed into context with sociological theory in ftesh ways.
_Public LIibrary Quarterly_, Women At War: Gender Issues of Americans in Combat_, Vol. 19 # 4, 2001, p. 50. Skaine, Rosemarie. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc. Publishers (I -800-253-2187), 1999, 311 pp., $28.50 sewn softcover, ISBN 0-7864-0570-8.