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The girls next door : bringing the home front to the front lines

Author: Kara Dixon Vuic
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2019. ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The emotional toll of war can be as debilitating to soldiers as hunger, disease, and injury. Beginning in World War I, in an effort to boost soldiers' morale and remind them of the stakes of victory, the American military formalized a recreation program that sent respectable young women and famous entertainers overseas. Kara Dixon Vuic builds her narrative around the young women from across the United States, many  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kara Dixon Vuic
ISBN: 9780674986381 0674986385
OCLC Number: 1038032219
Description: viii, 382 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: A new kind of woman is following the army: canteening on the Western Front --
Take your prettiest dresses and go: a touch of home in World War II --
The difference between savagery and civilization: women in faraway places --
Dancing for democracy: entertaining citizen-soldiers in the early Cold War --
Look, but don't touch: sexuality and entertainment in the Vietnam War --
No beer, no booze, no babes: entertaining the all-volunteer military.
Responsibility: Kara Dixon Vuic.

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To boost soldiers' morale and remind them of the stakes of victory, the American military formalized a recreation program that sent respectable young women, along with famous entertainers, overseas.  Read more...

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[A] fascinating history.--Lawrence D. Freedman"Foreign Affairs" (03/01/2019) Besides illuminating women's significance in military life, [Vuic] chronicles changes in assumptions about gender, Read more...

 
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