Against the Tide: Rickover’s Leadership Principles and the Rise of the Nuclear Navy. By Rear Adm. Dave Oliver, USN (Ret), Life Member. Naval Institute Press. ISBN 978-1-61251-797-1. $19.25.
Against the Tide is
a leadership book that illustrates how Adm. Hyman Rickover made a
unique impact on American and Navy culture. Dave Oliver is the first
former nuclear submarine commander who sailed for the venerable admiral
to write about Rickover's management techniques. Oliver draws upon a
wealth of untold stories to show how one man changed American and Navy
culture while altering the course of history.
driving force behind America's nuclear submarine navy, Rickover
revolutionized naval warfare while concurrently proving to be a
wellspring of innovation that drove American technology in the latter
half of the twentieth-century. As a testament to his success, Rickover's
single-minded focus on safety protected both American citizens and
sailors from nuclear contamination, a record that is in stark contrast
to the dozens of nuclear reactor accidents suffered by the Russians.
Rickover has been the subject of a number of biographies, little has
been written about his unique management practices that changed the
culture of a two-hundred-year-old institution and affected the outcome
of the Cold War. Rickover's achievements have been obscured because they
were largely conducted in secret and because he possessed a demanding
and abrasive personality that alienated many potential supporters.
Nevertheless he was an extraordinary manager with significant lessons
for all those in decision-making positions.
author had the good fortune to know and to serve under Rickover during
much of his thirty-year career in the Navy and is singularly qualified
to demonstrate the management and leadership principles behind
The Best Man I Can Be.
By CW4 Leonard A. Dungey, USA (Ret). Dorrance Publishing Co. ISBN
978-1-4809-0914-4. 166 pp. $19.95. Mail check or money order to author:
103 Hillcrest Drive, Albion, IL 62806.
black chief warrant officer, on the ground during World War II and the
Korean Conflict, recounts informative and interesting events that shaped
his life from a teenager to a CW4 warrant officer in the Army and
beyond. His detailed stories are vivid testimony to the discrimination
and racism existing in the military and civilian life during that period
of American history.
Beyond O’Dark 30. By Capt. Edward M. Brittingham, USN (Ret), Richmond (Va.) Area Chapter. Rosedog Books. ISBN 978-1480961920. $16.95.
O' Dark 30 is the author's take on what is happening to this country.
This promised land has fallen apart due to our loss of foreign policy
and the degrading of our military. Our allies are laughing as our leader
is both weak and a failure. Our national debt has increased more than
ever and for what? Polls now show that a majority of people think Romney
would have made the better president. We are vulnerable to another
terrorist attack, Syria has already launched chemical weapons, and no
one understands Obamacare. Why does Benghazi go unnoticed in the White
House? The many scandals of the IRS and the National Security Agency
affect every American. Do you believe the President was really born in
America? Edward M. Brittingham Captain, U.S. Navy (RET.) addresses all
of these issues in his latest book. This is a must read. About the
Author Edward M. Brittingham Captain, U.S. Navy (RET.) served in the
Navy as a Naval Flight Officer, a Tactical Coordinator who detected
Soviet subs during the Cold War, and advanced to Commanding Officer of
VP-11. Upon orders to the Pentagon, he excelled in promoting
Surveillance Towed Array Sensor (SURTASS) and briefed 32 Admirals on ASW
techniques. In 1985 he suffered a stroke which ended his career. In
1995 Brittingham wrote his first book. Since then he has written five
books with a thrill-a-minute mix of submarine warfare, imminent danger,
terrorism, bravery, technological wonder, and an intriguing bit of
fiction. Brittingham is a member of ROMEO retired men, Military Officer
of America, and Commander Roanoke Valley Chapter 15 in Roanoke Rapids,
North Carolina. He is a dedicated member of First Baptist Church.
The Effects-Based Board: An Effects-Based Approach to the Joint Operations Planning Process. By Capt. Colin B. Marcum, USA. ISBN 978-1499739473. $5. Kindle: $0.99.
inherent difficulty in developing and executing military courses of
action to achieve the desired end-state comes from the complexities of
the operational environment. Each environment contains within it
different initial conditions that affect the nature of military
operations with relationships that are as complex as they are numerous.
This means that a similar course of action executed in a similar manner
in one environment may not produce similar effects in another. This
occurs due to the nature of those initial conditions, and how they alter
the effects produced within that operational environment.
Effects-Based Board (EBB) seeks to provide clarity to an otherwise
convoluted system of relationships by supporting the Combatant Command,
and their joint staff, with a board of professional military and
civilian personnel whose collective knowledge can help shape course of
action development. Subject matter experts and liaisons from the
Department of Defense, Department of State, national intelligence
agencies, intergovernmental/non-governmental organizations, and foreign
nations make up the membership of the board, and through their guidance
can shape the development and execution of deliberate and crisis action
plans. Identifying the initial conditions, determining the effects of
their linkages, and creating courses of action that target those links
in order to shape them can, in due course, shape the operational
environment towards the desired end-state.
Leveraging Your LinkedIn Profile for Success: Maximizing Your Exposure and Achieving Verified Results. By former Air Force Col. Matthew T. Fritz. Advanced Vectors. ISBN 978-1500818104. $7.77. E-book: $2.99.
has awesome capabilities to bring diverse individuals together around
common ideas and platforms. If you aren't taking full advantage of
LinkedIn, you're missing out. "Leveraging Your LinkedIn Profile For
Success" was written with the goal of helping you to maximize your
profile, gain your full potential of exposure, and achieve verified
results. My 10+ years working with this platform to gain insights,
knowledge and experience are now yours to leverage for your own benefit.
I will show you my tips, secrets, insights and techniques to understand
the LinkedIn platform and put your best social-foot forward.
Steely Eyed Killers of the Deep: A Collection of Sea Stories, Memories, Musings, and More. By CW4 Tommy Robinson, USN (Ret), Life Member. Friesen Press. ISBN 978-1460233252. $21.99. E-book: $2.99.
Steely Eyed Killers of the Deep is a joint effort between the author and many of his Nautilus shipmates.
It is written by submariners for submariners, and anyone interested in
submarines and the sailors who live beneath the sea. Any submariner will
relate to the stories and may even recognize a shipmate or two by name.
All proceeds from the sale of this book are donated to the Dolphin Scholarship Foundation.
Back from 44 — The Sacrifice and Courage of a Few: A Story of Heroism in the Skies Over Western Europe. By Col. Nick Cressy, USA (Ret). Xlibris. ISBN 978-1503514225.
from 44 - The Sacrifice and Courage of a Few. A B-26 crew struggle to
return back to base in a severely crippled plane. The story is fiction
based on a real person and events. The main character's 44th mission is
described with flashbacks to his enlistment in the U.S. Army Air Force
to joining the 320th Bomb Group at their Sardinia, Italy air base. He
recalls the memories of basic training, advanced flight engineer
training, gunnery school, saying goodbye to a new wife, and travel
across the Atlantic to Sardinia. Mission experiences are highlighted in
the Mediterranean and European Theaters of Operations. Missions were not
always "Milk Runs"; they included enemy flak, German fighter attacks
and the emotional impact of losing close friends.
The Third Watch. By Col. Roger H. Damon Jr., AUS (Ret). Railroad Street Press. ISBN 978-1-936711-38-3. 304 pp. $17.
becomes of ordinary people who, due to their own actions — or even
inadvertently — learn of the existence of objects of incredible value —
objects whose history is considered to be abhorrent? Will that ordinary
person become driven by greed to possess it, or equally driven to right
the horrendous wrongs that were involved in its creation? And, in either
case, how does it affect other people with whom he shares the
knowledge? These “what if” questions have remained in the author’s mind
ever since the early 1950s when, while serving in the US Army in
Austria, he first heard the stories of Nazi gold — “my grandmother
watched them put something in the lake one night in April 1945. Many
heavy pieces. They used crowbars to move rocks aside, I think making a
cavity. Then while one man stood in the water up to his shoulders, he
held the end of the tape while the others measured the distances to the
corner of the dock and to the top of the big rock that stuck out of the
water to the West. After my son came home, the old dock was gone and the
big rock was blasted to make way for the new dock. My son couldn’t see
if the lake bottom had ever been bothered.” Not just another story of
the “Nazi gold” — rather, we wondered how its form was changed from its
original bits and pieces … and how it could have hidden and what
happened to the people involved if it was eventually recovered. What
could have been if its effect on the lives of a succeeding generation —
people of action and principles — totally unaware of its existence? The
answers will capture the reader’s attention.
Korea: A Short Time in a Small War. By Maj. Charles W. Hinton, USAF (Ret). CreateSpace. ISBN 978-1-4953-3342-2. $22.49. Kindle: $5.49.
winter above North Korea. Your airplane has been hit, and the pilot is
unable to feather the prop. You are going down. The other three crewmen
are discussing when to jump. The new untrained 2nd lieutenant navigator
in the right seat with a borrowed and ill-fitting parachute knows he
will likely fall out of the chute when it opens.
isn’t an action movie. It’s what real people experienced as aviators
during the Korean War, spending countless missions flying through the
dark, risking life and limb to navigate the mountains and valleys of
For veteran navigator
Charles W. Hinton, his time in the war was short, but the memories of
what he and his squadron accomplished will last a lifetime. Pulled from
navigation school straight into a tour of duty, he had no previous
training to speak of and learned to fly combat in a B-26 attack while
literally in the line of fire.
Korea: A Short Time in a Small War is
a firsthand account of Hinton’s six months of experience during this
tumultuous period in history, along with the stories of a diverse
collection of friends and foes he interacted with along the way.
Mustang Colonel’s Journey. By Col. David B. “Brad” Hallock, USAF (Ret). Outskirts Press. ISBN 978-1-4787-2703-3. $9.95.
in Central Oregon, the author rose from humble “on his own” beginnings
to higher education and a 31-year military career. He forfeited two
4-year scholarships to marry his high schools weetheart and enlisted in
the Air Force. His lifetime lessons and “war stories” are summarized in
this book. He retired as a colonel at age 50 and eventually returned to
his hometown in Redmond, Oregon.
Out of Kalamazoo County. By Lt. Col. Richard F. Bishop, USAF (Ret). The Preservation Foundation. ISBN 978-1503031487. 126 pp. $9.
memories of a boyhood on a farm in southern Michigan and later of his
25 years in the U.S. Air Force as a Non-combatant (without deadly
force). From playing the strange game of Soccer at a one-room
schoolhouse beginning at the tender age of four to his graduation from
High School and entrance into College at the age of 16, there is never a
dull moment in his rural life on this farm. It covers work on the farm,
part-time employment at a Fishing Tackle plant while “working his way
through College” and all the mistakes in between; i.e., setting a
run-away grass fire, shooting a hole in a brand-spanking new
trailer-home, and bouncing an arrow off his sister. It was no different
in the Military. Paydays and unusual additional duties occupied his
life. Totin’ a .38 Special while classified as a Non-combatant just
muddied up the water as to what kind of a “Troop” he was supposed to be.
Within this book, there is an unabashed Homage to the unsung “Support
Personnel” of all kinds: “In all our Wars, when the perimeter defendants
at outposts faced the prospect of being overrun and reached for a
weapon to defend themselves, it made no difference if the words
‘Farrier’, ‘Quartermaster’, ‘Cook’, or ‘Disaster Control’ were tattooed
on their forehead, the shots ‘fired-in-anger’ at them were just as
devastating as if they were real Combat Troops. They were all ‘at risk.’
. . . . They were there and had been ready.” Finally, he muses over
hero worship at a young age and in memoriam of the Centennial of WW I ,
describes his Father’s service “over there” as an Automatic Rifleman
while a Doughboy in the U.S. Expeditionary Corps where he was gassed and
earned the Purple Heart medal.
The Prodigal Pilot: The End of the Hughes Empire. By Lt. Col. Robert F. Wearley, USAF (Ret), Life Member. FastPencil. ISBN 978-1-60-746186-9. $17.27.
F. (Bob) Wearley served as Chief Pilot of Howard Hughes' personal fleet
of aircraft, in addition to his long and distinguished flying career in
military, corporate, and commercial aviation. In his book he gives
readers a behind-the-scenes look at the often strange, always eccentric
inner workings of the Hughes Empire. Bob also details the connection
between the Hughes organization and the Nixon White House and reveals
the real reason why Nixon ordered the Watergate break-in that ultimately
forced his resignation. Along the way, he was exposed to challenges
that compromised his integrity, resulting in the title of Prodigal Pilot
he chose for the book.