A Day in the Life of the United States Armed Forces


by: Korman, Lewis J.
Format: Hardcover

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Product Description On October 22, 2002, more than 125 of the world's finest photographers set out on a unique global mission. Their instructions were simple: look beyond the daily news headlines, dig beneath the breaking stories, and capture what life is like on an ordinary day for the men and women of the United States Armed Forces around the world. For 24 consecutive hours, this prize-winning team of civilian and military photographers -- working with the cooperation and support of the Department of Defense -- chronicled daily life in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. The resulting book of photographs documents the lives of elite units and freshly minted recruits; of cadets, generals, fire-fighters, medics, and MPs; of soldiers at desolate outposts and on strategic bases. It illustrates life in the cockpit of a fighter, on a Trident submarine, in an underground missile silo, and at computer terminals in a war room. It shows personnel patrolling borders, jungles, mountains, and harbors; training for special operations; and fighting terrorism. It is a timeless portrait -- in indelible images and eloquent words -- of the men and women who wear the uniforms of the American military. They are your sons, daughters, spouses, neighbors, and friends. Together these photographs provide an inspiring visual reminder of the routine and heroic operations, the sacrifices and dedication, that are necessary to defend America's freedoms 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. From Publishers Weekly This dazzling collection of photographs, the latest installment in the long-running A Day in the Life series, pays tribute to the men and women of the U.S. armed forces in their work and their play, from the jungle tents in which members of the "Joint Task Force-Full Accounting Team" sleep, to the mind-boggling hardware that the all-male Trident sub crew operates. The photographers, who include Pulitzer Prize winners and military personnel, enjoyed terrific access to facilities and troops, and their crisp shots reveal predawn war games on Icelandic lava fields; lunch prep at the army's Advanced Culinary Training Course in Ft. Lee, Va.; a field of "mothballed" planes in an Arizona desert; soldiers' search for al Qaida operatives in the eerie green light of night vision goggles; and an army recruiter's meeting at an Iowa Pizza Hut. The brainchild of EpiCom-a new book packaging outfit whose principals are Naythons, a veteran book packager; Korman, the former CEO of Columbia Pictures Entertainment; and Trident Media head Robert Gottlieb-this volume casts military personnel as hard workers, patriots and heroes. As such, it may appeal as much to military recruiters as it will to vets and everyday Americans looking for a portrait of the men and women sworn to defend the U.S. (EpiCom also enlisted Gerald Ford's former personal photographer, David Hume Kennerly [who now covers Donald Rumsfeld at the Pentagon as a Newsweek contributing editor], as "executive producer" of the project.) With Boeing underwriting the project, some readers may wonder about a certain military-industrial complex quid pro quo-but this is a gripping portrait of the inspiring men and women of the armed forces nevertheless. FYI: An exhibit at the Washington, D.C., Women in the Military memorial, running from May 9 to July 8, features photographs from the book. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. From School Library Journal Adult/High School-These full-color photographs of Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard personnel offer a dramatic and poignant portrayal of men and women engaged either in safeguarding our country's interests or in training to carry out national commitments. The factual, descriptive captions are embellished occasionally by personal quotations. Stateside facilities featured include Colorado's Cheyenne Mountain headquarters of the U.S. Northern Command; San Diego's Marine Corps Recruit Depot; Key West's Army Specia


Product Code: 9780060541804
ISBN: 0060541806
Publisher: DITLO
Publication Date: 2003-05-01
Number of Pages: 256 pages
Languages: english
Edition: First Edtion
Dimension: 10.98 x 2.01 x 12.99 inches
Shipping Weight: 4.85 pounds