All That We Can Be: Black Leadership and Racial Integration the Army Way

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Basic Books, Aug 2, 1997 - Business & Economics - 198 pages
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[A] magnificent book...Every American--white or black, military or civilian--who cares about building healthy race relations in our country ought to read "All That We Can Be."

The foremost authorities on race relations in the armed forces recount the previously untold success story of how the U.S. Army became the most integrated institution in America. Charles C. Moskos and John Sibley Butler observe that the Army is the only place in America where blacks routinely boss around whites, and in this book they lay out the path by which the Army has promoted excellence across racial lines, while also showing how this military model can be adapted to fit the needs of civilian society. The Army way offers hope for our nation in a troubled time, and by following its example, Americans of all races can truly be all that we can be.

Fascinating and well-written...Anyone who sees the need for a border vision of race in America and to reset the terms of the national racial policy debate should read this book.
--William Julius Wilson, Harvard University, author of "When Work Disappears"

Moskos and Butler...are admirably informative about the principles that under lie 'the Army way' of achieving integration, and their book reminds us that integration itself is not a vain hope or lost idea.
-- "Wall Street Journal"

A great American success story--and a reminder that a truly color-blind America is a 'hill worth taking, '
-- "Washington Monthly"

This detailed, readable book implicitly tells us to stop complaining about the lack of race fairness in America--and look at how the military has begun to solve the problem. Virtually every one of the military's keys tosuccess can be adapted in civilian society, so let's get on with it.
--George Anne Geyer, Universal Press Syndicate

 

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Contents

Success StoryWith Caveats
1
Blacks in the Common Defense
15
AfroAmericans
37
Handling Contentious Issues
52
Preparing Soldiers for
73
Army Values
94
Army Lessons for American Society
119
The Civic
143
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Charles C. Moskos is professor of sociology at Northwestern University and author of numerous books and studies on the sociology of the armed forces. John Sibley Butler is professor of business and sociology at the University of Texas and author of several books and articles on military race relations. Charles C. Moskos is professor of sociology at Northwestern University and author of numerous books and studies on the sociology of the armed forces. John Sibley Butler is professor of business and sociology at the University of Texas and author of several books and articles on military race relations.

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