DESTROYER CAPTAIN

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DESTROYER CAPTAIN
Lessons of a First Command
  • ISBN/SKU: 9781591141853
  • Binding: Paperback & eBook
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  • Number of Pages: 224
  • Subject: Autobiography
  • Date Available: September 2014
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“The window into the thoughts and feelings of one of the Navy’s most successful officers of the era makes this a captivating read and is one of the most valuable aspects of the book. Every military officer and member of the joint and interagency warfighting team will gain precious insight into what it is really like commanding a U.S. Navy ship and leading sailors.” — Joint Force Quarterly

“Designed to be a good read for anyone fascinated with what life is like behind the doors of the captain’s cabin. Fortunately, Stavridis is a writer who is not only good with the small details of daily life but shares a sense of history and awe of the sea. Simply, he is in love with command at sea, and you feel it throughout the entire book.” — Naval War College Review

Destroyer Captain is a quick and enjoyable read. The writing flows like a good conversation with an old friend. This occurs in part because the chapters are short and succinct, enabling the reader to zip through the prose. Particularly valuable are transcripts of Stavridis’ speeches to his crew on Memorial Day and during the Change of Command at the end of his tour…It is recommended for anyone who is interested in or has fond memories of naval service.”  — Naval Historical Foundation

“With all the joy, doubt, self-examination, hope, and fear of a first command, Stavridis offers an honest assessment of his experiences from the bridge to help readers grasp the true nature of command at sea. Officers from all the services, especially surface warfare naval officers aspiring to command, will find these lessons of a first command by one of the Navy’s most respected admirals both entertaining and instructive.” — Sea Classics

“Ought to be read by those aspiring to leadership positions at sea (and land) from lead petty officers to future skippers.” — Great Lakes Bulletin

“With his insider details about the real worries and triumphs of command, Destroyer Captain is a must read for all naval officers and a fascinating adventure for everyone who loves the U.S. Navy.” — Robert N. Macomber, Award-winning author of the Honor Series

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James Stavridis' memoir of his two years in command of the destroyer USS Barry is an insightful story of a first-time naval command, told through the eyes of an officer undergoing the experience from the bridge of a destroyer, with all the joy, doubt, self-examination, hope, and fear that such a journey imparts. From Haiti to the Balkans to the Arabian Gulf, the Barry was involved in operations throughout the world during his 1993–1995 tour. Drawing upon they journals he kept for the entire period, the author reveals the complex nature of those deployments in a "real time" context and describes life on board the Barry and liberty ashore for sailors and officers alike. In his acclaimed account, Stavridis offers a well-written and candid examination of his experience from the bridge that captures the true nature of the challenges of command at sea.

Admiral James Stavridis, U.S. Navy (Ret.) is Dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, and Chairman of the U.S. Naval Insitute Board of Directors. He has served as Commander of European Command and as Supreme Allied Commander, Europe.

Stavridis is a 1976 distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and a native of South Florida.

A Surface Warfare Officer, he commanded the Destroyer USS Barry (DDG-52) from 1993-1995, completing UN/NATO deployments to Haiti and Bosnia, and a combat cruise to the Arabian Gulf. Barry won the Battenberg Cup as the top ship in the Atlantic Fleet under his command.

In 1998, he commanded Destroyer Squadron 21 and deployed to the Arabian Gulf, winning the Navy League's John Paul Jones Award for Inspirational Leadership.

From 2002-2004, he commanded Enterprise Carrier Strike Group, conducting combat operations in the Arabian Gulf in support of both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

From 2006-2009, he commanded U.S. Southern Command in Miami, focused on Latin America and the Caribbean.

Ashore, he has served as a strategic and long-range planner on the staffs of the Chief of Naval Operations and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He has also served as the Executive Assistant to the Secretary of the Navy and the Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense.

Stavridis earned a PhD and MALD from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in International Relations in 1984, where he won the Gullion Prize as outstanding student. He is also a distinguished graduate of both the National and Naval War Colleges.

He holds various decorations and awards, including two awards of the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, and five awards of the Legion of Merit. He is author or co-author of several books on naval ship handling and leadership, including Command at Sea, Destroyer Captain, Partnership for the Americas about Latin America, and his latest The Accidental Admiral.

He is happily married to Laura, and they have two daughters - one working at Google and the other an Ensign in the U.S. Navy.

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