‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Don’t Work

Unfriendly Fire: How the Gay Ban Undermines the Military and Weakens America, a new book by Nathaniel Frank, can be summed up with one motto about gays in combat: “’Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Don’t Work.” Frank dedicates a chapter to the history of the subject, and addresses lingering fears about sexuality that exist in the military. He also measures the consequences of the gay ban in budget, recruitment and expulsion statistics, which The New York Times’ Janet Maslin calls “a sharp, vigorously framed analysis of this state of affairs.”