Awards & Mentions

Los Angeles Times Best Seller List - #13 Hardcover Non-Fiction

Chief of Naval Operations Reading List for 2013

Praise for the book

"In the Shadow of Greatness is a powerful set of stories from gifted young men and women serving on the front lines of America's most important wars. Their combination of raw heroism, bravery, and sacrifice make it a gripping and deeply moving book."

Seth G. Jones
Author of Hunting in the Shadows: The Pursuit of Al Qa'ida since 9/11,
former senior advisor at U.S. Special Operations Command


"All of these stories give voice to courage, sacrifice, and the nobility of living in the service of others."

Dr. John Nagl
Center for a New American Security
from the September 2012 issue of "Proceedings"  

"I thank you for sharing your stories and opening America’s eyes to the challenges faced by your generation, which in my view really is the next 'greatest generation.' . . .  My advice to you is simple: Continue to listen, learn, and lead in the decades ahead. Your families and your fellow citizens are counting on you."

Adm. Mike Mullen, USN (Ret.)
17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
from the epilogue

"This is a must read for all Americans - an up close and personal account of duty and sacrifice by graduates of the U.S. Naval Academy in Iraq and Afghanistan. You'll stand a little straighter when you mingle with these remarkable fellow citizens."

Tom Brokaw
Author of The Greatest Generation

"This powerful book captures the bravery and sacrifice of a decade of war, and its lessons apply to the boardroom as well as the battlefield. Read it and take heart in a new generation of proven leaders." 

Nathaniel Fick
U.S. Marine Corps veteran
Best-selling author of One Bullet Away 

"The men and women of the U.S. Naval Academy class of 2002 now have a dual legacy of service: first, their leadership around the world during wartime, and now their well-told consideration of what it all meant. In the Shadow of Greatness is an inspiring book."

Bill Murphy Jr.
Author of In a Time of War:
The Proud & Perilous Journey of West Point's Class of 2002.

"Most may never wear a uniform in defense of our country’s values.  What we owe those who do is to listen and honor their stories. Captured so well within these pages are vivid and diverse accounts of courage, quiet competence, and integrity—values forged within the hearts of a new generation of leaders. All Americans can learn, and emulate, their credo: Not for self, but for country."

Craig Mullaney
U.S. Army veteran
Best-selling author of The Unforgiving Minute