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In the Shadow of Greatness: Voices of Leadership, Sacrifice, and Service from America's Longest War Hardcover – October 15, 2012
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To the Class of 2002, I thank you for sharing your stories and opening America's eyes to the challenges faced by your generation, which in my view really is the next 'greatest generation'...My advice to you is simple: Continue to listen, learn, and lead in the decades ahead. Your families and your fellow citizens are counting on you. --Admiral Mike Mullen, USN (Ret.), 17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs
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The editors spent three years inviting their classmates to open up their hearts to share what they endured on the frontlines. The end product is a superb collection of experiences that depict what Admiral Mike Mullen, USN (Ret.), 17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, calls "the next greatest generation." Serving as a virtual podium for the voices of those unlikely to write about war, these first-person accounts of real-world operations are written with humility and respect for those they served with, bringing deserved recognition to all veterans of this so called "Long War." With a foreword by David Gergen.
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Full disclosure: I am also a graduate of the Naval Academy, class of 1975. A month after I retired from active duty, the class of 2002 was commissioned. In their stories, you witness young leaders applying the lessons from the "Leadership Laboratory" in Annapolis to the real world problems of their ships, aircraft squadrons, and Marine platoons. They make you proud!
Some Americans are concerned that the millennial generation is made up of shallow, selfish, materialistic kids who think of nothing deeper than the latest tweet from their favorite vampire actor. This book will convince you otherwise. With a wide range of authors telling their individual stories, the writing is uneven--but every contributor successfully tells of the dedication and character that are common denominators of our latest generation of warriors. When they step into leadership roles--in uniform and in civilian life--our Navy, Marine Corps, and country will be better for their service.
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Great lessons on leadership under fire from the Naval Academy class of 2002.Published 12 days ago by Kindle Customer
Some stories were touching and most were boring. There was significant bias towards the stakeholders of this book during publication, where their stories (no matter how mundane,... Read morePublished 15 months ago by JR
Great stories from the first graduating class from the Naval Academy to face life after 9/11.Published on July 24, 2014 by Amazon Customer
I did not read the book but I gave it to my son. He is a naval Academy Grad and he really like the book. A great read in his words.Published on February 11, 2014 by Pappy
Service beyond the duty. Thank you for sharing your stories. Proud USNA mom and sponsor mom ! Thank you to all.Published on January 20, 2014 by Kim McCarthy
Very interesting book that was hard to put down once I started. The editors did well blending the many stories of sacrifice, leadership, and service. Read morePublished on November 24, 2013 by S. Hanson
I bought the book because I'd received a Superintendent's Appointment to the US Naval Academy Class of 2002 after completing a course of study with the Naval Academy Foundation. Read morePublished on October 12, 2013 by Robert Kroeger
The quality of the men and women who serve in the military, and the sacrifices they make, is brought to light in this new era of terror. Read morePublished on August 25, 2013 by John Herzfeld