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Women in Combat: Unnatural, Foolish, Immoral, by Mark C. Atkins (Cottage Grove, TN: Gildersleeve Publications; 212 pp., $10.99).  Mark Atkins describes himself as a “failed Marine” who has never been in combat and who writes “with the same authority as that little boy who cried, “The Emperor has no clothes!”  He is also a businessman who is fully aware that he is neither a born nor a practiced writer.  There is something moving about his willingness as a private citizen to step forward in print with an argument against sending women into combat that few people in today’s feminized society dare to make.  Mr. Atkins considers, in three parts and 22 chapters, the subjects of unchanging human nature, of history, and of the false ideas that are held about these things; of feminist notions versus the reality of female nature, the family, and the U.S. military; and the reasons why we ought not to institutionalize the concept of female combatants on the completely erroneous notion, which has developed since the last world war, that close combat has become a thing of the past.  As one would imagine, Atkins writes directly and clearly, with more than sufficient competence to argue his case effectively.  His book has been endorsed by many professional soldiers, active and retired.  Perhaps he is not a “failed Marine”...

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