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Discussion in 'Naval Academy - USNA' started by mom3boys, Nov 27, 2007.

  1. mom3boys

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    Several people suggested movies and books that tell the USMA story; can anyone suggest something similar for USNA?
     
  2. Just_A_Mom

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    There aren't any.

    Oh wait yeah there is that movie - "Annapolis" -
    and that other movie about the two teens from Texas, one went to Navy and the other Air Force but murdered their classmate in their senior year of high school - the honor code got them
    and there is another movie - Disney - I think about the kid from the "wrong" section of LA who fell in love with the Congressman's daughter and got to USNA......

    hmmmmmmmmmmmmm
     
  3. Zaphod

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    Please excuse the misguided Woop mom. They can't help themselves from babbling. :biggrin:

    The first one that comes to mind is "The Nightingale's Song", which tells the story of McCain, North, Webb, and others from that era.

    A great piece of fiction (written before his brain fried) is "A Sense of Honor" by James Webb.

    The only movie in recent memory that portrays USNA in anything resembling a realistic, let alone positive, light is "Patriot Games", and then only for a short scene. "Annapolis" is so bad that USNA should be able to sue for libel and defamation. :mad:

    A search for "Naval Academy" on Amazon yielded this. Hope that helps. :smile:
     
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  4. mom3boys

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    Thanks...any kind of documentary stuff? I ordered :
    National Geographic - Surviving West Point by Surviving West Point (DVD - May 20, 2003) Was hoping there was something similar...

    Thanks to Just A Mom for her suggestions...was looking for something more reality based!:shake:
     
  5. Just_A_Mom

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    The movie about the teenagers from Texas IS reality based. No kidding. Just can't make this stuff up! :wink:
     
  6. Just_A_Mom

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    sorry, there is not a lot of Navy books. We're too busy living history to have time to write about it.
     
  8. Zaphod

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    You mean MAKING it. :biggrin:



    There is a series that runs on the Military Channel every now and again, and it's something along the lines of "America's Military Academies" or something. It covers all of them, and is very well done.
     
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    Nah, just kind of back handingly referring to JAMs coed shower video.

    The A-6 community used to have a saying, "The fighters make movies, we make history." So i guess I could paraphrase that for the current discussion.
     
  10. mom3boys

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    ha! look what I found!

    Our Century: U.S. Naval Academy: 150 Years in Annapolis (DVD - April 8, 1995)
    :rolleyes:
     
  11. Aronson

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    An AWESOME book about USMA is "Absolutely American" by David Lipsky. It got me interested in the service academy life in middle school. DEFINATELY get that book, it's very very good. The military channel has a three part series called America's Military Academies. It's pretty solid
     
  12. USNA69

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    I can't seem to locate it at the moment but I saw a recent survey where the Army football team's number one selection of reading material that helped them make the decision to enter WP was GI Joe comic books. One player, an offensive tackle, I think, went so far as to say that these comic books have "made me what I am today." For you Woopsters to be, I highly recommend them.
     
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    Wow, USNA69, please take your unsubstantiated (and funny) stabs to the Army-Navy football game thread... I have to say that envy does strange things to nice people...now back to good sources of info on the Naval Academy.

    "Navy Seals" by Navy Seals is a good book about one choice for training after the Naval Academy. Check out your local library for books about the Navy. It is a good idea to explore what life in the Navy (or any Armed Service) will be like after commissioning.
     
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    Hey, this week the whole world is the "Army-Navy football game thread". It is all I can do not to post "envious" remarks on the AFA Yearbook thread.
     
  15. Just_A_Mom

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    Antionette - :thumb: Good job..... keep him in line. But what do you expect ???
    Really - I mean - I read once that most Naval Aviators claim that watching the movie "Top Gun" "made me what I am". Wow.

    Back to our regularly scheduled program -

    mom3boys - I agree with Antoinette - go beyond the Naval Academy - look for books about the Navy and navy life. Have your son read "Navy Times" online - "Army Times" as well, for that matter...
     
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    Actually, it was the greatest recruiting effort of all time with which the Navy has ever been associated. Talking about envy. Oh, never mind. I guess Top Tank would never hack it, unless they were making a comedy.
     
  17. Zaphod

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    You're not kidding. I went in as part of that wave.

    If they could do movies like that about SWO and subs, it would REALLY be cool. Unfortunately, having CPA's of 5 miles in three hours just isn't as exciting. :frown:
     
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    Here are some we have and some I had to order online from used stores all over the country...

    1) The Naval Academy Candidate Book by Smallwood
    2) Sea Change at Annapolis - 1949-2000 by Gelfand
    3) Letters from Annapolis - Drew ( this is an AMAZING book with alot of insight into life at USNA throughout it's history)
    4) A Civil War - Feinsten (This is about the Army/Navy football tradition)
    5)The U.S. Naval Academy, an Illustrated History-Jack Sweetman
    6)First Class - Disher ( this is about the 1st graduating class of women
    7) Brigade Seats - Gibson (this is really a cookbook but has lots of history information about USNA in it)

    There are lots more books - here is one link to see 3 pages of possibilities
    http://www.alibris.co.uk/booksearch?qsort=&matches=55&browse=1&subject=United+States+Naval+Academy

    enjoy your reading!
     
  19. heartcross

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    A good video

    Tha A&E series Horatio Hornblower has a good "Extra" on the episode called The Mutiny. It is all about sailing, at USNA, USMMA and CGA. It was quite the nice surprise this evening.
     
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    A lot of people think that "Hunt for Red October" did good things for the submarine force. But most submariners, myself included, thought it was a lousy movie.
     

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