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Named a -Notable Naval Book of 2012- by Proceedings MagazineTheir stories needed to be told. And classmates working together, under a blanket of trust and friendship, was the only way to allow people to open up. It was a three year journey into the hearts and souls of America's youngest heroes to gather these important historical accounts, but it was worth every hour spentNamed a -Notable Naval Book of 2012- by Proceedings MagazineTheir stories needed to be told. And classmates working together, under a blanket of trust and friendship, was the only way to allow people to open up. It was a three year journey into the hearts and souls of America's youngest heroes to gather these important historical accounts, but it was worth every hour spent. Inside this book are the voices the first Annapolis graduates into a decade of war and they remind us that America is in good hands. They were walking to class on 9/11, wearing Naval Academy -summer working blues-, when the towers were struck. The campus went to general quarters, battle stations. They would be the first class after this attack to graduate into a nation at war and would be faced, like so many past graduates, of rising to the challenge to keeping America great. President Bush and Vice President Cheney articulated a world at the crossroads, and the U.S. would preemptively in seek enemies who threatened the national interest, America would not again be terrorized.In the Shadow of Greatness addresses issues that go beyond one USNA class, it explains the trials of most military veterans of this era. Understanding how a young person enlists to serve, deploys to the fight, and returns home is unknown to most Americans. Veterans pack up their uniforms, but never lose the call for service when the return to civilian society. The profiles in this book represent the -Next Great Generation- of American leaders. Men and women who lost their innocence in battle and their youths to a decade of deployments, throughout which they never gave up hope. In exchange for down range scars, they gained an unbreakable sense of purpose to America's ideals--freedom, equality, and democracy. The compilation is the most authentic and raw narrative to emerge from the Wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and beyond. The reader enjoys a spectrum of stories, each patriotic and honorable. The narratives are meant to inspire, educate, and reveal a world many don't understand. Its contents are readable and easy to appreciate.The Class of 2002--and more broadly, the one million veterans of the Long War--are America's leaders of tomorrow. Read this book to learn what they endured and why they are prepared....

Title : In the Shadow of Greatness: Voices of Leadership, Sacrifice, and Service from America's Longest War
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ISBN : 9781612511382
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Number of Pages : 247 Pages
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In the Shadow of Greatness: Voices of Leadership, Sacrifice, and Service from America's Longest War Reviews

  • Rebecca
    2019-01-25 18:26

    I may be a little bit biased, seeing that I'm part of the USNA class of 2002, but my story didn't make the print version of the book, so its OK.Seriously, this is a great compilation of stories by my classmates. Our class was the first to graduate from the Naval Academy after 9/11, and the first to enter the Navy and Marine Corps during a time of war in our lifetime. The stories contained in this book include that of the last female F-14 pilot, an explosive ordinance disposal officer who lived The Hurt Locker, a Navy-turned-Army officer who had the responsibility of delivering the worst possible news, and the story of the first military member to legally marry after the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell. It includes stories written by the parents of four of our classmates who have lost their lives since we graduated, and of classmates who took their training and experience into the civilian world to do great things.After getting through the book, I can't wait for the additional stories to show up on the books website in the next few weeks. I'm humbled and proud to be a part of this amazing group of people, and I highly recommend this book to anyone with any interest in the military, military history, and / or an unbiased, nonpolitical collection of stories describing life in the military since 9/11.

  • Anita Brenner
    2019-02-02 19:14

    As you may know, our son, 2LT Andrew Torres, USMC, died of cancer in 2004, at the age of 23. Andrew’s story is one of 33 stories in In the Shadow of Greatness. The editors are all classmates from the Class of 2002. There is a forward by David Gergen, and comments by Gen. John Allen and Adm. Mullen.You can read more at There is a trailer at

  • Tony Taylor
    2019-01-29 19:20

    As a graduate of the Naval Academy class of 1964, and one who served for 23 years, I was keenly interested in reading this book about those from the class of 2002 and their experiences at the Academy and where their careers took them upon graduation. They were the first class to graduate after 9-11, so as expected, most of them served directly or indirectly in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Most of their vignettes reflect on how the impact of having been midshipmen at the Academy affected their professional lives in the service. The book's intent is to reflect the "Voices of Leadership, Sacrifice, and Service from America's Longest War, " and they, the members of the class of 2002 have done a masterful job in pulling their stories together. I not only recommend this book to every graduate of the Naval Academy, whatever your class, but also to families and friends of those who have attended the Academy, as well as those young Americans in school or who have enlisted in the service who may be seriously considering attending the Naval Academy. Where else can you find a better educaton?

  • Christie
    2019-02-03 11:34

    I wonder what I would write about if I were asked to contribute a chapter. What I that was so amazing is many of the stories were my story.We often get so bogged down with the reputation of the task at hand, that we forget how amazing it is to be entrusted to drive a ship, start an engine, board foreign vessels, be sent as on OIC alone in countries, and lead sailors. It was nice to step back and think about the awesome opportunity/responsibility I have been given.

  • Jaclyn
    2019-02-03 19:22

    Inspiring and heartbreaking at the same time. The true accounts help to place you within their stories and share the hardships of the person, family and friends that make these sacrifices. A must read book for an insight into a single part of what our military does for our freedom.

  • Maria
    2019-02-17 18:11

    A collection of short stories from the US Naval Academy's Class of 2002, the first class to graduate after 9/11. The stories were gathered from a large group, highlighting the diverse stories and opportunities to serve and fight in the war on terror.Why I started this book: I was excited about the short story format, something that I could pick up and put down to fill in the spaces.Why I finished it: Several of these stories moved me to tears, but overall the book felt uneven. Maybe because the US military is serving all over the world, in all environments and in very different circumstances? I would be interesting in reading a similar collection of the first class who knew that they would be serving their nation at war.

  • Brian
    2019-02-07 17:26

    A collection of personal experiences from the Naval Academy's class of 2002, the first class that graduated into a nation at war since the Vietnam era. There is quite a variety of writing as well as experiences here, some better than others. From combat in Iraq to search and rescue in the US, the range is quite broad. Sadly, some were written by parents of deceased. Perhaps the most emotional experience in my reading was that of the officer assigned to notify wives that their husbands had been killed; how could anyone do that?

  • Angela
    2019-01-27 16:13

    In the Shadow of Greatness provides an opportunity for readers to better understand the roles and diversity of the military. With only 1% of our country in uniform, this read shines light on why servicemen are prepared to lead in uniform and out. It’s an insightful read and all profits go to veteran charities.

  • Ben Radford
    2019-02-02 19:12

    As a Midshipman in the Class of 2014, this collection of stories was a good source of inspiration from those who have graduated and been fighting the wars that will define their generation. I was fortunate enough to attend a panel discussion in Annapolis with the editors last year and would like to thank them and their classmates for their honesty and transparency in publishing this book.

  • Umberto
    2019-01-26 11:36

    Informative and well written. Engaged and enjoyed

  • Robert Devine
    2019-01-26 16:38

    Admittedly a biased reader (as I know a lot of the people who submitted stories), yet there were a few really interesting stories in the collection.

  • Jan Cotti
    2019-01-25 17:26

    A must read for every American. Learn what it is really like to be on active duty for the military at this time in our history.

  • Adam Cruz
    2019-02-18 18:28

    This is a great book for gaining perspective on a group of young people that had to go through a school year after 9/11 and their impact/ contribution to our country.

  • Jack
    2019-01-22 13:31

    This one was ok. I enjoyed the reading and the recognition of some of the places I was at, but overall not the impact I wanted.

  • Frank Burder
    2019-02-06 14:16

    My granddaughter is. Graduate of the 2002 class of the academy and sent me this book. I found it very informative,especially the description of the Academy experience.

  • Keith A. Henderson
    2019-02-15 12:17

    full of stories of leadership and sacrifice, many of them very moving. a worthwhile read, it makes you appreciate what people like this have done.

  • Bob Van Winter
    2019-02-20 11:37

    Outstanding book. Excellent look into the lives and thoughts of the first class of USNA to graduate into war since VietNam.