In Her Own Words: Carroll C. Brooks
The Naval Institute Press is a pearl. I come from a family of writers and am very aware of the power of the printed word. The Institute, with its emphasis on writing and history, appeals to me. The books the Press publishes, and those the Institute reviews, educate, inform, and entertain—but most important, they teach. I appreciate what the Institute offers to young naval professionals. I think it’s fair to say that your education truly begins when you graduate. There is so much to learn and too few opportunities and resources available to do so.
Unfortunately this is, by and large, a country with a very limited sense of history. The British still commemorate the Battle of Waterloo after nearly 200 years, but I’ve seen TV reporters around Times Square on December 7th asking passersby what the date means to them—and many haven’t a clue. Who was it who said that if you do not learn from the past you are condemned to repeat it? Giant though our country is and borders notwithstanding, we are an island nation—which makes a strong Navy imperative. It is from the seas that we will defend our borders.