SpouseBuzz Book Club: The Real Stars

As a military spouse, I really must say I was proud when Ben Stein wrote a piece titled The Real Stars, for his Monday Night At Morton’s gig. 

I recall it being sent to me via e-mail, I read the piece online and I never did get tired of reading it.  Heck I think I might have sent it to every military service member I knew.  It really was refreshing to read. 

I copied part of his essay for those of you that have not read it below the fold. 


stars are not riding around in the backs of limousines or in Porsches
or getting trained in yoga or Pilates and eating only raw fruit while
they have Vietnamese girls do their nails. They can be interesting,
nice people, but they are not heroes to me any longer.

A real star is the soldier of the 4th Infantry Division who poked
his head into a hole on a farm near Tikrit, Iraq. He could have been
met by a bomb or a hail of AK-47 bullets. Instead, he faced an abject
Saddam Hussein and the gratitude of all of the decent people of the

You can read the entire piece HERE

You are able to purchase the book HERE


We have discussed many times here at SpouseBuzz, about our all volunteer Service in the United States.  We are very proud to be able to call these brave men and women our spouses.  Or children, parents, brothers, whatever the case may be.  We are proud.  And knowing less than 1% of the population serves in the Armed Forces inspires me. 

And I know, each of us cherishes the integrity that our spouses show when they perform their duties.  I know many of us are amazed by them. 

So I think we will enjoy reading Ben Steins book, The Real Stars.  It is a compilation of his essays and articles about what is good and right in America. 

About the Author


Rachelle began her Military Spouse career when her future husband proposed to her in a letter during Desert Shield. Mail took over a month to arrive back then, and they only had three phone calls with each other in the ten months they were separated. They were married at a small ceremony a week after he returned home. Rachelle's husband moved her to Ft. Bragg, NC, all of their combined possessions filling her small, two-door car. In 1992, they left active duty and moved back to their home state where she went to nursing school and he joined the Army National Guard as a traditional Soldier as he went to school. In 1999, Rachelle's husband was offered a full-time National Guard position in Arkansas, where they lived for eight years.

In 2002, their son was born (MFO Deployment) and in 2003, their daughter was born (OIF2). In 2008, they moved back to their home state to live close to family. Rachelle has been an active contributor with SpouseBUZZ since 2005. She currently works full-time at a physician’s office, and is active with her church and school's PTO. Her son has recently been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, a subject that she is exhaustingly studying and learning to work with day-by-day. In 2010, Rachelle's mother-in-law moved in with the family, and they added a German shorthaired pointer named "Poncho" to the tribe as well. Rachelle enjoys spending as much "down time" with her family as possible - usually something outdoors or movie nights. Her favorite foods are sushi, steak, chocolate, and coffee. Her special skills include being an awesome cook, identifying odd accents by state or country, having an incredible sense of smell (almost bloodhound-like), and watching people at airports during long, unexpected layovers.

  • I can’t wait to read it.

  • Sarah

    I wrote a blog post about that Real Stars article. Ben Stein himself actually came and left me a comment. He really does care about the miliary; he’s such a wonderful man.

  • Less than 1%? Really? I had no idea. I like Ben Stein. I will put his book on my “to read” list.

  • semper fi wife

    I remember that column.
    I thought it was great!!
    I’m sure the book will be too.

  • HH7

    Oooh! Looks like I need to make a B&N run this weekend.

  • Andi

    I love, love, love Ben Stein. Can’t wait to read this book!