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September 22, 2006

Veterans History Project to Host Book Talk on the Changing Face of Military Service

Bernard Rostker will discuss his book “I Want You! The Evolution of the All-Volunteer Force” and Nancy Roth-Douquet and Frank Schaeffer will discuss their book “AWOL: The Unexcused Absence of America’s Upper Classes From Military Service-and How It Hurts Our Country” at noon on Thursday, Oct. 5, in the Pickford Theater of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave., SE, Washington, D.C.

The program is sponsored by the Library of Congress’s Veterans History Project and the Humanities and Social Sciences Divison. A book-signing with all of the authors will follow the program.

Rostker served as director of selective service during the Carter Administration and was undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness under President Clinton. He was present at many decisions that informed the government's changeover to an all-volunteer military. His book includes a DVD with over 2,300 primary source documents he used to research this history of an important chapter in the story of America's military. Rostker is currently a senior fellow at the RAND Corp.

Roth-Douquet is a veteran of every presidential campaign of the last 20 years and served in the Clinton Administration in both the White House and the Department of Defense. Her husband is a career military officer who has served two tours of duty in Iraq. Schaeffer is the author of several nonfiction books, including two on his experience as the father of a Marine. He has written four novels, including his latest, “Baby Jack.” Roth-Douquet and Schaeffer's book explores how the all-volunteer armed forces have evolved away from a heterogeneous collection of men and women from all walks of life and social and economic classes and the effect that has on America's view of the military and service to one's country.

The Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center is a nationwide volunteer effort to collect and preserve oral histories from America’s war veterans. The collection is housed at the Library of Congress. To date the archive has received more than 45,000 individual submissions. Those who are interested in participating are encouraged to e-mail the Veterans History Project at or to call toll-free (888) 371-5848 to request a free project kit. For more information about the Veterans History Project, visit

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PR 06-175
ISSN 0731-3527

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