If she had merely written an empirical study outlining the impact of the college and sub-college benefits on white and black veterans, this book would come highly recommended. But Mettler's demonstration of how government programs' provisions and implementations can impact the ways Americans experience citizenship and, therefore, the practice of democracy, makes _Soldiers to Citizens_ required reading for historians and political scientists interested in twentieth-century politics, social policy, and veteran affairs.I have written a review of Soldiers to Citizens that came to a somewhat different conclusion. Read the Ortiz review, but stay tuned.
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
GI Bill Book
At H-Pol, an American political history listserv at history nerd central H-Net, Stephen Ortiz reviews Suzanne Mettler's new book on the GI Bill. Ortiz concludes:
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