Accidental Soldier: A Reserve Officer at West Point in the Vietnam Era

Accidental Soldier: A Reserve Officer at West Point in the Vietnam Era

By: Richard B. Schwartz (author)Paperback

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Accidental Soldier depicts Richard B. Schwartz's military experiences, first as an ROTC cadet at the University of Notre Dame and finally as an Army veteran teaching in Madison, Wisconsin. In 1959, Vietnam was little more than a word on a map; within ten years, Americans saw the Tet Offensive and their campuses in flames. Schwartz was at the ground zeroes of that time, teaching at the United States Military Academy from 1967-69 and then going to the University of Wisconsin, Madison, just after the Dow riots and before the bombing of Sterling Hall. The central portion of the book focuses upon Schwartz's experience at West Point, its cadets, officer corps and system of education. A sequel to his award-winning memoir, The Biggest City in America, Accidental Soldier reflects upon his military and academic experience through the perspective of an over forty-year teaching career, twenty-nine of which were spent as a dean at Wisconsin, Georgetown and the University of Missouri, Columbia.

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Richard B. Schwartz is professor of English at the University of Missouri, Columbia. He has also taught at the United States Military Academy, The University of Wisconsin, Madison, and Georgetown University. Schwartz is the author and editor of eleven critical books, and he has also written four novels. This is his second memoir, following the award-winning The Biggest City in America: A Fifties Boyhood in Ohio.


Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 I: ROTC Chapter 3 II: Summer Camp Chapter 4 III: Delay Status Chapter 5 IV: The Classroom Today/The Battlefield Tomorrow Chapter 6 V: USMA - the People Chapter 7 VI: USMA - the Program Chapter 8 VII: USMA - the Cadets Chapter 9 VIII: USMA - the Individuals Chapter 10 IX: USMA and Me Chapter 11 X: USMA and the Family Chapter 12 XI: Transitioning Chapter 13 XII: The War at Home Chapter 14 Conclusion Chapter 15 Four Decades Later Chapter 16 Abbreviations, Expressions, and Acronyms Chapter 17 Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 07/12/2009
  • ISBN13: 9780761848356
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 210
  • ID: 9780761848356
  • weight: 299
  • ISBN10: 0761848355

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