Tuesday, March 2, 2010

On My Book Shelf: Major Conflict

While I was unable to finish My Lives by Edmund White, I revisited a favorite of mine and enjoyed "Major Conflict" for the 2nd (or perhaps 3rd) time. 

Jeffrey McGowan had a dream….a passion, an obsession even, that one day he would be a soldier. Eventually his dream came true….and then he had to accept the fact he was gay.

He writes,”We all make sacrifices. We all make compromises. I wanted to be a soldier. So I compromised for awhile. I sacrificed a part of myself in order to achieve my goals. ---- I left the military in order to save myself.”

Major Conflict is Jeffrey McGowan’s memoir and he tells his story with warmth and candor. He describes his own search for love and intimacy while serving in the United States military during the initiation of DADT….and vividly describes how the policy affects gay soldiers.

Major conflict is a charming, thought provoking read, offering insight into a patriotic gay man who simply wanted to serve his country and enjoy the same freedoms he put his life on the line for.

DADT is a hot button issue right now, and McGowan is a soldier who lived to share his story. We need more people of his character serving our country and in our community.
I give Major Conflict 4 1/2 stars!


kris gilman said...

I read this about a year ago. Great life story.

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