My Nuclear Family: A Coming-of-Age in America’s 21st Century Military
Christopher Brownfield. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2010. 320 pp. Intro. Appens. Notes. Bib. Index. $26.95.
Reviewed by Lieutenant Joel I. Holwitt, U.S. Navy
Christopher Brownfield graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2001 with a degree in English and then entered the submarine force. He reported to the USS Hartford (SSN-768) around the same time as the invasion of Iraq and was on board when she went aground off La Maddalena, Italy. Brownfield subsequently volunteered for an individual augmentation to Iraq, serving there from 2006 to 2007 in a civil-military unit tasked to fix Iraq’s energy infrastructure. He converted his experiences into My Nuclear Family, which has already achieved a fair amount of attention.