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Another Great Day at Sea: Life Aboard the USS George H.W. Bush Audible – Unabridged

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As a sailor currently deployed on the Bush, it's a novel and welcomed experience to get an outsider's view of what our life is like, so after being sent a New Yorker article written by Mr. Dyer that was essentially a summary of the book, I knew that I had to buy the book itself. Although I wasn't here for the deployment he is writing about, I still recognize a few of the names he mentions, and it's great to know that even if he wasn't impressed with the food or accommodations (and let's face it, our food can be pretty bad), we Avengers left an overall good impression on the author.
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It is important to understand that Another Great Day at Sea: Life Aboard the USS George H. W. Bush is not a short version of Norman Polmar’s history of aircraft carriers or a repeat of Tom Wolfe’s “The Truest Sport: Jousting with Sam and Charlie,” both of which Dyer acknowledges in his book, the latter in particular as a source of great professional angst. The book is instead the very personal musings of an Oxford educated Brit by way of a scholarship who sometimes appears overly fond of fine food, accommodations, alcohol, drugs and women, none of which are readily available onboard. He is also a self-professed atheist, a superb writer and someone who believed spending time observing life on an American aircraft carrier was worth his while. As he put it: “Sitting in on a US ship . . . would be like staying in a small town in America (albeit one organized along unusually clear hierarchical lines), surrounded by American voices, American friendliness, American politeness, American Americans. That, I knew, would be a source of pleasure and happiness.” Dyer considers himself a lousy reporter because he can never keep the facts straight, but his descriptions of the various Americans he meets onboard, from the Admiral and Captain on down, work perfectly. His greatest day on board was a steel beach party on the flight deck where a promotion speech brought him to tears, the crew danced together and he heard Cooperhead Road for the first time blasting from speakers over the calm blue sea. He closes the book praying for those who go to sea in ships.
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Another great story written by a man who could never understand the military mindset as to duty, honor, courage and sacrifice as he was incapable of understanding the concepts of those criteria. He did however write a great story of our men in uniform and what an outstanding job they do every day with out too many complaints..
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This book is just about as terrible as it gets when it comes to first hand reporting from a war zone/ship at sea. I was deployed on the BUSH and I thought it would be interesting to read a book from an outsiders perspective about something I lived through and about people I know personally, boy was that a mistake. Overall this is a quick read (took me a little over 3 hours one evening) but all I really took away was:

1. Mr. Dyer is high maintenance!!! He was absolutely appalled at the ideal of sleeping in a room with someone else (seriously, you are crammed on a ship with 5,500 people, a two man stateroom is a luxury) let alone going to he head (bathroom) with someone else.
2. Mr. Dyer has no clue about the military (he actually thought the ship had a bar, places to play ping pong or Badminton). While this may seem trivial to me it shows how he really did not prepare at all for this assignment, basically all he cared about was getting a single man stateroom and I guess he would figure out everything else when he landed. If he actually cared to know what he was getting himself into a quick google or youtube search would have answered all his questions.
3. The food is terrible and apparently he complained enough to where he finally got to eat with the Captain and have the CO's chief make him some food.
4. Apparently he was quasi stalking a married enlisted mechanic, he mentions her numerous times in the book, the be honest its a little creepy to read and seems more like page filler (I hope to god she never reads this book)

Overall Mr. Dyer did nothing for this great ship or its crew by writing this book. From an insiders perspective (I actually helped host a few Distinguished Visitors (DV'S) during my tour) Mr.
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This is my very first review of a book purchased from Amazon even though I have purchased hundreds of such books over the years; however, I feel that potential readers deserve a warning about this book. I am avid reader of books about military life and equipment, and was looking forward to this book as a current first person account of the operations of a modern aircraft carrier; however, amazingly, even though the author was able to spend two weeks aboard the carrier as observer with apparently rather complete access to the ship and its crew, there is very little specific information about the ship, its operations or its crew; instead, the book mainly focuses on his adjustments and problems to living on the ship, e.g., need for his own cabin, need for his own private bathroom, complaints about the food and his inability to get a good meal until invited to the captain's table, etc. I learned little of great interest about the ship and its operations that I didn't already generally know from other books. The author even makes a point that while he carries a notebook with him, he seldom writes anything in the notebook and doesn't have a good memory for details. By the end of the book, I knew a great deal about him and rather quite a bit less about the ship and its crew that I would have anticipated from experienced journalist spending two weeks aboard the carrier.
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