- Paperback: 350 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (September 25, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781975747541
- ISBN-13: 978-1975747541
- ASIN: 1975747542
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 30 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Reuben Keith Green is a retired naval officer who rose from seaman to lieutenant commander is the surface warrior Navy. His unique career path and insight, as well as a lifetime of personal study, make him exceptionally well qualified to tell the story of black officers, particularly Mustang officers, in the era of documented widespread backlash to affirmative action and subsequent resistance to black social gains in the Reagan and first George Bush eras. He stresses the importance of cogent leadership within the military, starting with the Commander in Chief. He graduated from the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, Patrick AFB, Florida, in 1980, and taught leadership and substance abuse prevention classes, as well as interpersonal and intercultural communications for several years while in the Navy. His close working relationships within the military justice system, with accused and those dispensing justice, gives him important perspectives on why the punishment rates for minority sailors continues to be higher than is statistically appropriate, despite decades of futile attempts by the department of defense to remedy this disturbing phenomenon.
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For me, the underlying value of this book was the voice of a black man speaking openly and honestly about matters of race and racial pain. This is uncommon today, and it is of worth. It is told through the (admittedly large) microcosm of our navy, which serves as a point-of-detail example of our society, and these two worlds are consistently tied back and forth with examples from all over America. This pain was Green's, but it was, and is, everywhere.
Lest this bog you down, the story is told with humor and grace, and is lacking in the kind of hostility or resentment that might well be expected from any person who had undergone these sorts of experiences. This buoys up the telling and keeps the pages turning. It may be a hard subject for some, but it was a harder book to put down.
I've known Keith for many years, and I'm proud he's sharing his experiences in the navy for everyone to read. This book should be an inspiration to all young people who are interested in pursuing a career in the military. As I continued to read, I was taken aback by the blatant abuse he endured; however, he never gave up or complained. I know his adversaries thought they could wear him down, but I'm proud to say.....they had the wrong man. Keith was a force to be reckoned with....and they found it out. His career meant the world to him, and he was not going to allow those who opposed diversity scare him away. Thank you for your service to our country; I'm honored to be your friend.