In the Shadow of Greatness
|Editors||Josh Welle, John Ennis, Katherine Kranz, Graham Plaster|
|Author||United States Naval Academy Class of 2002|
|Subject||United States Naval Academy|
|Publisher||Naval Institute Press|
|August 15, 2012|
|Media type||Print (hardcover)|
In the Shadow of Greatness is a 2012 book written by 33 members of the United States Naval Academy Class of 2002 and published by the United States Naval Institute. The authors describe how their lives were shaped by their experiences at the Academy, the September 11 attacks, and events following graduation.
Released in August 2012, In the Shadow of Greatness achieved Los Angeles Times Bestseller status that October. John Nagl reviewed the book in the September 2012 issue of the Naval Institute's Proceedings Magazine, writing "All of these stories give voice to courage, sacrifice, and the nobility of living in the service of others."  Tom Brokaw provided this blurb: "This is a must read for all Americans - an up close and personal account of duty and sacrifice by graduates of the U.S. Naval Academy in Iraq and Afghanistan."
The contributors describe the impact of September 11 on their professional lives, and the many years of repeated deployments on their personal lives. Combat infantry Marines tell of losing men in combat. Pilots tell of the stress of their missions. There are homages to the fallen, including Navy Lieutenant Richard F. Anderson, Marine Corps Capt. Matthew C. Freeman, Navy Lieutenant John J. Houston, Marine Corps Lt. Col. Kevin Shea, and Marine Corps 2nd Lieutenant Andrew Torres. The stories include relief assignments to Haiti, diplomatic missions, and cross-service training and deployments. Gary C. Ross discusses his same-sex marriage following the repeal of DADT; others tell of harrowing rescues at sea and in the crater of Mount St. Helens. Other topics include two-career couples and the long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The authors' proceeds go to veterans' organizations, including Luke's Wings, the Semper Fi Fund, The Mission Continues, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, The Travis Manion Foundation, and the Matthew Freeman Project.
- Book's website
- Book recounts USNA Class of 2002's post-Sept. 11 careers, Alex Jackson, Annapolis Capital, August 9, 2012
- Co-author/publicist's account of publicity tour: Backstage at the Book Tour Anita Brenner, La Canada Valley Sun, July 31, 2012