People Magazine Review: A Day in the Life of the United States Armed Forces
Reviewed by Kyle Smith
You may just be tempted to drop and do 20 push-ups after you spend a few
minutes with these stunning images of military folk. The pictures range from
the gung ho (a patrol in Afghanistan is seen through night-vision goggles) to
the not so (glum Coast Guard recruits await what we can only guess is their
10,000th breakfast of fried eggs).
The 16th volume in the Day in the Life
series salutes the profession of arms from Iceland to the Philippines on Oct.
22, 2002. It's all here: honor and boredom, danger and really terrible
architecture. You'll meet not only the hapless recruit with three drill
sergeants screaming in his face but also the staff sergeant putting on mascara
in her car.
As Walter Cronkite notes in a warm and witty foreword, "The common
denominator is service." This is the ideal gift (hint, hint) for your aimless
teen. (HarperCollins, $40).