In the Shadow of Greatness

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In the Shadow of Greatness
Editors Josh Welle, John Ennis, Katherine Kranz, Graham Plaster
Author United States Naval Academy Class of 2002
Country United States
Language English
Subject United States Naval Academy
Genre Biography
Publisher Naval Institute Press
Publication date
August 15, 2012
Media type Print (hardcover)
Pages 247
ISBN 9781612511382

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.[1] 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." [2] 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."[3]

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 foreword was written by David Gergen and the epilogue by Admiral Mike Mullen. General John AllenCommandant of Midshipmen in 2002—wrote for the book, as did his predecessor, Admiral Sam Locklear.

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.[4]


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