Bathtub Admirals

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Kunati Incorporated, 2008 - Fiction - 311 pages
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In the wicked satirical tradition of Joseph Heller and Kurt Vonnegut, the adventures of two naval men follow America’s rise to global dominance as its military burns off excess testosterone, connives to justify its bloated budget, and prepares for the ultimate challenge—the War on Evil. Buddies Jack Hogan and Buzz Rucci joined the U.S. Navy to defend their country, but they soon find themselves serving in a time of "play" war. Jack's rise in the Navy is at first rapid as he dazzles the entire Navy with his brilliant strategy in the Great Big Backfire Raid against the Russians, and single-handedly saves the fleet in the Almost Great Big Train Wreck. But his brilliance and competence foster resentment, and his naval career is soon in the doldrums. Buzz is no match for Jack’s intellect, but he plays the game and knows the folly of embarrassing his superiors. Inevitably Jack alienates one too many of the bathtub admirals, his career takes a dive, and his second marriage goes into a skid. Fed up, he takes early retirement at the rank of commander, and in a final irony, watches newly installed Admiral Rucci sail into the sunset in command of his own fleet. An insider's eye for detail and authenticity delivers a scathingly funny indictment of incompetence at the highest ranks of the armed forces.

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User Review  - davedonelson - LibraryThing

You definitely don't need to have spent any time in the military to appreciate Bathtub Admirals. Anyone who has worked in corporate America will recognize the self-serving incompetents who blunder ... Read full review


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\Jeff Huber is a 20-year naval veteran who sailed aboard 10 different aircraft carriers, commanded an E-2C Hawkeye aircraft squadron, and served as operations officer of a carrier air wing and an aircraft carrier. His satires and analyses of military and foreign policy affairs have appeared in Proceedings, The Navy, Aviation Week, Reuters, and Uruknet. Several of his essays have been required student reading at the U.S. Naval War College. He is a contributing editor of ePluribus Media and writes a weekly op-ed column for He lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

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