Reviews and Reactions

R. Tyson Smith, Brown University

"Future analyses of the US military, regardless of discipline, must engage with the significance and implications of Aaron Belkin’s Bring Me Men."  » read more
European Journal of Military Studies, Winter-Spring, 2013

Janet Halley, Royall Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

"Probably no single person deserves more credit for the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell than the author of this book."  » read more

Joshua Goldstein, author of award-winning War and Gender

"Aaron Belkin's fascinating, original, and authoritative book overturns conventional wisdom about military masculinity and raises important and troubling questions about warrior identity."  » read more

Cynthia Enloe, author of Nimo’s War, Emma’s War: Making Feminist Sense of the Iraq War

"Aaron Belkin is one of the most knowledgeable, subtle and deeply informed scholars exploring the cross-national complexities of masculine militarized practice."  » read more

Dan Zak, Washington Post

"Heroism is indeed masculinity in full flower, but its bloom wilts in “ Bring Me Men: Military Masculinity and the Benign Facade of American Empire, 1898-2001 ,” by Aaron Belkin (forthcoming from Columbia University Press; paperback, $25). Belkin, a political science professor, dismantles the “double binds” of military culture..."  » read more

Michael Kimmel, SUNY Distinguished Professor, Department of Sociology

"We often assume that military masculinity is made through an often brutal suppression of "unmasculine" human qualities like empathy, nurturing, compassion."  » read more

David Segal, Director, Center for Research on Military Organization

"Just as the racial integration of the American military starting in the Korean War and the gender integration beginning with the current all-volunteer force reflected and helped shape..."  » read more

Gilbert Herdt, author of Moral Panics/Sex Panics: Fear and the Fight Over Sexual Rights

"A tour de force. Belkin reveals the cultural and historical meanings of masculinity in the military of yesterday and tomorrow, including symbolic and psychological contradictions posed by..."  » read more

Professor Steven M. Samuels, US Air Force Academy

"When thinking about American history, it is usually only a minority of people who are actively in favor of civil rights before they are granted. Once established, most people claim they were always on board. Ultimately, How We Won is a testament to truth and an unwillingness to let bigots off the hook. It reminds us how the repeal of a discriminatory law came about, and how each step was crucial in making the repeal happen. In many ways, I suspect How We Won could easily be made into a film as the last minute heroics make the outcome of this fight more improbable than we all remember."  » read more

Professor Julie Todd, Iliff School of Theology

"I highly recommend this book for use in social change and social movement classes, particularly in combination with other related resources that broaden the scope of the conversation."  » read more

Bill Oliver

What an amazing narrative this is regarding the 17-year struggle that finally ended in the repeal of DADT. If nothing else, it would be informative case study of what it takes to effect change in society - and giving evidence of the huge impact of a fairly small but very determined group of "activists." Surely, no one can tell this story better than Dr. Belkin, who played a key central role in the long struggle.  » read more