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The Pritzker Military Library
February 11, 2008 3:07 PM   Subscribe

The Pritzker Military Library, a "public institution for the study of the citizen-soldier as an essential element for the preservation of democracy." Found while doing some after-film research on Charlie Wilson's War, the site is a trove of largely non-partisan, often refreshingly candid military perspectives. Particular highlights are video and audio interviews with Jim Lovell and Congressional Medal of Honor winners.
posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul (5 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

 
Great link, thank you.
posted by vorfeed at 4:24 PM on February 11, 2008


Look forward to digging into this. Thanks.
posted by Cyrano at 6:01 PM on February 11, 2008


James Pritzker
posted by timsteil at 8:59 PM on February 11, 2008


Worth a read is the citation for Robert L Howard - the most decorated serviceman in American history. Three nominations for the Medal of Honour in the space of 13 months - not to mention the rest of them.
posted by longbaugh at 3:39 AM on February 12, 2008


timsteil, while I almost always appreciate learning more about anyone or anything, one possible subtext of your link is "We shouldn't use this resource because James Pritzker is a billionaire who donates to Republican causes."

Now, maybe if I was recommending a paid membership to the site, I would agree with you - I try to avoid shopping at Home Depot for much the same reasons. But the Pritzker library is, as I said, free, non-partisan and largely unaligned with Pritzker the man, as far as I can determine. If anything, by using the website you're causing Pritzker to lose money through bandwidth costs (assuming he can't write it off as a non-profit donation).

Not using a free site simply because of the political affiliations of the donor is like not attending a free expressionist art exhibit just because it's sponsored by George Soros - myopic and narrow-minded.

I apoligise if this wasn't the implication you intended, but it read that way to me.
posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul at 12:00 PM on February 12, 2008


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