• Title: All American Boy
  • Author: Scott Peck
  • Released: 1995-04-14
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 240
  • ISBN: 0025953621
  • ISBN13: 978-0025953628
  • ASIN: 0025953621
From Publishers Weekly In this searing, fragmentary memoir of a young gay man coming to terms with his sexuality, the author writes movingly of his relationship with his largely absent father, Marine and Vietnam veteran Colonel Fred Peck, whose views on homosexuality made national headlines in 1993. Appearing at a Senate hearing on Clinton's proposal to rescind the military's ban on homosexuality, the colonel testified he had just learned that his son was gay and that he loved and respected him, but added emphatically, "There is no place in the military for him." The author, raised by his deeply religious mother and by a violently abusive, alcoholic, gay-hating stepfather, was filled with self-loathing and guilt as a closeted youth. He blamed his homosexuality on his father, who divorced his mother upon his return from Vietnam and remarried, and whom his son worshipped from afar. Peck's intense narrative describes his mother's struggle with terminal cancer, his desertion of a Florida Bible academy where he studied to become a fundamentalist minister, his furtive affairs, his coming out and his reconciliation with his father despite their diametrically opposite views on gay service in the military. Photos.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal All-American Boy is the poignant memoir of a boy in search of himself and the father he never knew. The author was thrust into the media spotlight during 1993 Congressional hearings to overturn the ban on gays in the military. Scott's father, Col. Fred Peck, revealed in testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee that he had just learned of his son's homosexuality. Despite his love for Scott, he insisted that there was no place for gays in the armed forces. In countless interviews following his father's testimony, Scott spoke about his opposing beliefs concerning gays in the military and how he came out to his parents. Now, two years later, the author candidly discusses his search for Colonel Peck, who abandoned him as a young boy; a merciless childhood at the hands of an abusive stepfather; a strict fundamentalist upbringing; and eventual self-reconciliation. A thought-provoking chronicle for all libraries.
--Michael A. Lutes, Univ. of Notre Dame Lib., Ind.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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