This memoir of James Stavridis' two years in command of the destroyer USS Barry (DDG-52) reveals the human side of what it is like to be in charge of a warship for the first time and in the midst of international crisis. From Haiti to the Balkans to the Arabian Gulf, the Barry was involved in operations throughout the world during his 1993-1995 tour. Drawing on daily 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.
With all the joy, doubt, self-examination, hope, and fear of a first command, he offers an honest examination of his experience from the bridge to help listeners grasp the true nature of command at sea. The window he provides into the personal lives of the crew illuminates not only their hard work in a ship that spent more than 70 percent of its time underway, but also the sacrifices of their families ashore. Stavridis credits his able crew for the many awards the Barry won while he was captain, including the Battenberg Cup for top ship in the Atlantic Fleet. Naval aficionados who like seagoing fiction will be attracted to the book, as will those fascinated by life 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.
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“With his insider details about the real worries and triumphs of command, James Stavridis' 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)
“This is a stirring tale of leadership challenge and the responsibility of command.” (Sean O'Keefe, Secretary of the Navy, 1992-93)
The fact that this man ended his Navy career as a Four Star Admiral gave me the idea that what he wrote down during his first tour as CO of a ship would be a valuable lesson in Management. I was not dissapointed. Great ideas on Leadership and fascinating stories.
This book is primarily a story about leadership and how one man led the crew of a front line Navy destroyer to achieve exceptional results. I found the book to be far more than that because it gave an introspective look into the mind of a commander. Because of the macho image of military leaders we seldom get insight into their fears, their self doubt, their love of their families and their loneliness and yet Jim Stavridis provides the reader with an unusually candid insight into the mind and heart of this exceptional leader. This would be a good read for anyone in the Navy or any branch of the armed service or a student of the mind of successful leaders.
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