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  1. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    This enormously long book is an unforgettable true account of the author under the Executive Officer of her Navy destroyer, Holly Graf, (later referred to as the female Captain Bligh). The sheer amount of nastiness--screaming, throwing things, and spitting on people--make this a hard book to read at times. The author's discovery of her true self, which was not to be a naval officer, is an intriguing and heartfelt story. I have never done anything connected to military service, and in fact, the lo This enormously long book is an unforgettable true account of the author under the Executive Officer of her Navy destroyer, Holly Graf, (later referred to as the female Captain Bligh). The sheer amount of nastiness--screaming, throwing things, and spitting on people--make this a hard book to read at times. The author's discovery of her true self, which was not to be a naval officer, is an intriguing and heartfelt story. I have never done anything connected to military service, and in fact, the lowest score I got on a vocational preference assessment was "naval officer," so most of the terminology and expected behavior vs. the actual behavior was a complete shock to me. I have tremendous admiration for the author and how she transcended this crisis and actually grew from it. I would have given this book five stars except for the difficulty for me of seeing people referred to by their title acronyms, such as WEPS, GUNNO, EO, and hosts of others. It made it difficult for me to remember which character was which, and even knowing the gender of the character. The narrative is strong and intuitive, and the protagonist is not only a sympathetic character, but a fearless and compassionate one. I literally would have killed myself if I had had to suffer what she went through and her descriptions of what other Junior Officers went through. The book left me in speechless admiration. I'd highly recommend it for anyone who wanted to know what Navy life was like, and especially what it was like at its worst.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kit Donner

    Very Interesting "True" Story Minor point in terms of the book, but a big point in current affairs: the author states near the end of the book that the custom of thanking service men and women for their service tends to blunt criticism of our national involvement in unnecessary and counterproductive wars. My feelings and observations on this subject are exactly the opposite. Because I appreciate these people, I want the politicians to do the best possible job of keeping our country OUT OF WAR! Th Very Interesting "True" Story Minor point in terms of the book, but a big point in current affairs: the author states near the end of the book that the custom of thanking service men and women for their service tends to blunt criticism of our national involvement in unnecessary and counterproductive wars. My feelings and observations on this subject are exactly the opposite. Because I appreciate these people, I want the politicians to do the best possible job of keeping our country OUT OF WAR! There is no good enough excuse for putting our service men and women in harm's way if we can accomplish essential national objectives any other way. World WAR II was a good example of necessary military action. Invading Iraq? Are you kidding? I am no fan of Sadam Hussein but I doubt that he would have ever managed to attack the United States, or kill as many Americans as died in that war. Sanctions and possibly UN action if sanctions were ineffective, sure. The first Gulf War stopping his aggression against neighboring countries, possibly, maybe probably, but not the only possible way to handle that situation. War is always an admission of failure, just as shooting a home invader is an admission of failure to deter the home invasion. But of course shooting a home invader is sometimes necessary, when all else fails. So we need a strong military and a plan to deploy them quickly and decisively when all else fails. And I will thank every man and woman who trains and prepares to be part of that response. I would even support training every citizen to be part of that response, possibly as an extra year of high school. But maybe if we were that prepared we could go for a few generations without actually going to war! .

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lynn Ballard

    interesting in psychological way having been in the Service, AirForce, during the late seventies and early eighties, where it was still an essentially a man's world, I anticipated a more readable book, touching on her experiences but felt she repeated herself continuously making the reading hard going. While her st poo st was authentic to her, it characteristically from the hardships of just one of two decades earlier. It had worthwhile moments but mostly tired me out and depressed me. interesting in psychological way having been in the Service, AirForce, during the late seventies and early eighties, where it was still an essentially a man's world, I anticipated a more readable book, touching on her experiences but felt she repeated herself continuously making the reading hard going. While her st poo st was authentic to her, it characteristically from the hardships of just one of two decades earlier. It had worthwhile moments but mostly tired me out and depressed me.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    Interesting personal journey The author blends a story of the life of a reluctant female Naval officer suffering from a severe case of Impostor’s Syndrome aboard a ship with historically abusive leadership with the story of inner self-discovery. It was thought-provoking, yet I became impatient with the detours into Jungian psychology and inner monologues. Still a worthwhile read even if I found myself skimming through some of the aforementioned detours.

  5. 5 out of 5

    FRED DIADDEZZIO

    To its credit, this book reveals an important perspective of a female naval officer who tries very hard to live up to standards and sometimes struggles. It's insightful. On the other hand, the narrative is repetitive and sometimes whiny. For those interested in militaria, I can recommend it. For the general reading public, not so much. To its credit, this book reveals an important perspective of a female naval officer who tries very hard to live up to standards and sometimes struggles. It's insightful. On the other hand, the narrative is repetitive and sometimes whiny. For those interested in militaria, I can recommend it. For the general reading public, not so much.

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  30. 5 out of 5

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