Good Books?

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  1. atanglejwoodg

    atanglejwoodg New Member

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    Hello,

    I was wondering if anyone has recommendations for good books that focus on the lives/combat/leadership of USNA alumni? I am, as of recently, most interested in anything about WW1 or the more recent War on Terror.

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  2. Capt MJ

    Capt MJ 10-Year Member

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    Anything by ADM James Stavridis or VADM James Stockdale.

    Other USNA grads who have written a few books:
    - Senator John McCain
    - former President Jimmy Carter

    - RADM Eugene Fluckey, “Thunder Below” - read some of the books about him too

    There are several threads on book lists that are worth searching for. There is a very recent thread with good suggestions for leadership books, but isn’t limited as to where the authors went to college.
     
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    OldRetSWO USNA 78/parent 11/BGO for >25yrs 5-Year Member

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    The Nightingale's Song by Robert Timberg - 1995 .
     
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  4. Devil Doc

    Devil Doc Teufel Doc

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    https://www.amazon.com/Bob-Branco/e/B00ERBT3WO?ref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share

    Bob is a friend of mine. We coached high school baseball together and coincidentally, the USS Forrest Sherman was our first ship. His out of the USNA and mine out of boot camp but 10 years apart. The linked book is a work of fiction based on Bob’s experiences as a naval officer including two commands at sea.
     
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  5. Just Dad

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    DEVIL DOC : Doesn't check the WW1 or War on Terror boxes Devil Doc, but:

    'Last Stand Of the Tin Can Sailor'
    Covers the battle of Samar WW2.
    USNA Grad CDR Ernest Evans was the most notable figure, (although a local Tacoma Lawyer, The Lt Cdr Robert Copper gave Evans a run for his money that day).
    Evans won the Medal of Honor for his actions at Samar, he has a small poster at the USNA Naval Museum. Good chance you've already read this one, but it bears mentioning for others looking at this thread.

    BTW: Chasing information on Evans I found that the USNA Archives are friendly and generous to people looking into the records and history of USNA grads. located on 3rd(?) floor of the library; fill in a simple request and they will bring you what information they have on graduates. In my case I learned some stuff about CDR Evans that wasn't in the stuff I could find on the internet.

    One more, again not precisely on point.
    If WW1 is an interest, a guy named Dan Carlin does an absolutely AMAZING series of History Pod Casts called "Hard Core History". Carlin is a writer and military history buff. His pod casts are 1/2 grad-level history lecture and 1/2 TED talk/interpretive reading. Full of stuff you didn't know related in an entertaining way, (he does a great job of looking behind the events and decisions we all are familiar with). Absolutely the best pod-casts I've found. My highest recommendation; if you've never tried a pod-cast, try these!

    Carlin did a series of pod casts titled "Blueprint for Armageddon" dealing with WW1. Its broken into 6 segments, each 4hrs long. Listen for 15mins and I promise you will learn something new and have a smile on your face.

    PS: my favorite Carlin pod-cast "Supernova in the East Part 1" deals with Japan's path to WW2. Begins with Japans opening to the west, (Perrys Black Ships); and focuses on the internal forces/relationships that drove Japan's policy decisions through WW2. Writing this note, I just found that Carlin just publish part 2 of Supernova East. I am going to save it for my next cross country flight in Feb.
     
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  6. Devil Doc

    Devil Doc Teufel Doc

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    @Just Dad love tin cans. Three of my four ships were small boys.