Perhaps he is already at work on a sequel about the perils of honor, which are at least as real as its benefits. The best man that ever lived couldn't do better than that. We also learn about another character by the name of Captain Ted Lenahan who mentors his midshipmen who has made his return to Annapolis as a tactical officer, after receiving injuries during the Vietnam War. He is also an author and a former Secretary of the Navy under President Ronald Reagan. A person does not get that kind of training through a liberal humanistic education! They tend to use their rank to lord it over others and that is not leadership.
During his four years with the Reagan administration, Webb served as the first Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs, then as Secretary of the Navy. To be honorable is to be brave, committed, and self-sacrificing. Amazing that it can take 20 years almost to learn these lessons. James Webb has written a book of questions, has created earthy and humanly flawed characters to grapple imperfectly with the questions, to muddle through. He's actually done better: Secretary of the Navy, and now Senator.
He is also an author and a former Secretary of the Navy under President Ronald Reagan. In honor-based cultures, he emphasizes, the victim of a crime is responsible for avenging it, because he or she has been personally injured. But Webb learned many crucial lessons under the gun and his call rings true. Their lives and the lives of those they lead will depend on it. The high sense of honor was thus developed which is so essential to a successful career. A few obvious answers come to mind: honesty, to counteract the corruption ; compassion, to spur action to help the poor and powerless; patience, to deal with an increasingly toxic public discourse. He's actually done better: Secretary of the Navy, and now Senator.
After having read The Nightingale's Song, which profiled James Webb's life along with the lives of four of his Naval Academy classmates Oliver North, John McCain, Bud McFarland and John Poindexter it is easy to project those men into the characters in Webb's novel. Twelve students died and 27 were injured that morning in the 1999 Bonfire Collapse. On the other hand, if you ask me what you are to do, in the event of her recovering her sight, I can answer you unreservedly in the plainest terms. I first read this book as a 19 year old Marine. The same story could probably be told about any of the elite Officer training establishments in any western idustrialized country at the same time. Will Hurd watched the Leonid meteor shower with a group of friends on a chilly November night in 1999 before going to bed around 2 a. For Hurd, Class of 1999 and student body president during the collapse, the following days and weeks would define his campus legacy and follow him for the rest of his life.
The mollycoddlers and do gooders just don't get it. Webb won the Democratic nomination for the 2006 Virginia Senate race by defeating Harris Miller in the primary, then won the general election by defeating the Republican incumbent George Allen. Search sense of honor and thousands of other words in English Cobuild dictionary from Reverso. Yet the very fact that lions seem honorable and dogs do not suggests that there is a stubborn persistence to the concept of honor: We are supposed to know it when we see it. When you look at it in this way, most of the moral advances of modern society—from the abolition of slavery to the emancipation of women—start to look like victories over an antiquated ideal of honor.
The only difficulty was this, that he was too susceptible. I figured James Webb could write prose as good as Jimmy Webb could write songs. We had a system of light gymnastics which, with military drill, gave grace and erectness to the carriage, and every Friday afternoon, the large hall was crowded with the parents to enjoy the singing, declamations, gymnastics, dramatics, and drawing exercises, and all went merry as a marriage bell. Combat is all of the above, irrational, pressured, humiliating and dehumaizing. The unfortunate side of this though is that while all of that is true, there are fewer checks and balances in place to rein in cruelty and bullying than necessary. They were without doubt brutal places and the hoops through which cadets have to jump were always irrational, pressured, humiliating and dehumanising. In a time when fiction seems to find it harder and harder to address moral issues, that makes him a valuable man at the typewriter.
I actually went to the Naval Academy, so I recognized all the places, names, and pageantry this book brings up. I don't really remember what I liked about it back then, but it was probably the hard core nature of guys like Fogarty. The snowman wore a midshipman Dixie cup hat, properly rolled and boxed, properly faced forward on its head, just above its head, just above its nonexistent eyebrows. Many a gentleman of good breeding and fine feelings has told deliberate lies and perjured himself under oath, in order to shield the reputation of a lady. I didn't expect to like this as much as I did, but it's an interesting story about the Naval Academy. Indeed, Sommers finds the decline of honor responsible for many social problems. I think this is one of the best military novels ever written.
But then a person needs to r Well this one doesn't pull any punches about the vagaries and the intensity of life at Anapolis. Set in the late 60s with Vietnam looming in young men's lives. The Marines and the National Hockey League care about honor, but so do street gangs or the Mafia, who feel compelled to defend their honor even when this involves killing their rivals. Well written and great look into military academy culture. He had then, and still has a sense of honor. We learn about hazing in that time period that was always evident and well-hidden. What Americans ought to cultivate, he writes, is a sense of honor.