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Little Erroll Book

Little Erroll: The Story of Admiral Erroll M. Brown, First Black Coast Guard Admiral, by Shameen Anthanio-Williams. (ISBN-978-1501028250)


Little Erroll is an inspiring children’s biography of Admiral Erroll Brown who despite many challenges growing up, always found a way to prevail.  Examples include scenarios from his childhood as a schoolboy living in a small town, as an adolescent of the Civil Rights Movement and as a Cadet at the Coast Guard Academy. The book not only provides a simple lesson on responsibility but It reminds young readers that they can achieve anything with faith, determination and hard work. CG core values of Honor, Respect and Devotion to Duty emanate across each page and illustration; both the young and mature reader will find this book refreshing.

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Guardian of Guadalcanal: The World War II Story of Douglas A. Munro, United States Coast Guard, by Gary Williams. (ISBN-978-09848351-4-0)


In Guardian of Guadalcanal, Gary Williams, with the complete cooperation of the Munro/Sheehan  family and the Coast Guard Historian’s Office, has penned  the biography of the Coast Guard’s only Medal of Honor recipient who personified the Coast Guard Core Values of Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty.

Pendleton Disaster Book Cover  The Pendleton Disaster Off Cape Cod: The Greatest Small Boast Rescue in Coast Guard History (MA), by Theresa Mitchel Barbo & Captain W. Russell Webster, USCG (Ret.) (ISBN: 978-1-60949-050-8).  “Pendleton” (3rd ed.) recounts, first-hand, the daring rescue of 32 merchant seamen from the stricken tanker using the words of the four crewmen as interviewed by the authors.  The book has also formed the basis for the author’s to provide associated leadership lessons to over 5,000 cadets, midshipmen and mariners over the past five years.
Daring Rescue Book Cover The Daring Coast Guard Rescue of the Pendleton Crew, by Theresa Mitchel Barbo & Captain W. Russell Webster, USCG (Ret.)  (ISBN: 978-1-62619-095-5).  “Daring” provides a child’s eye view of the 1952 rescue of 32 seamen from the SS Pendleton as seen by 10 year-old Jack Nickerson.  The story of Jack’s friendship w Coxswain Bernie Webber is formulated around the true-life rescue; the greatest small boat rescue in CG History.
Until the Sea Shall Free Them, by Robert Frump (ISBN: 978-1591142843).  Frump captures both the cruel sea and the determination of a group of dedicated individuals who worked together trying to fix a converted World War II vessel riddled with problems that had not been addressed by its owner.  Until the Sea Shall Free Them recounts in compelling detail the wreck of the Marine Electric and the legal drama that unfolded in its wake—a lawsuit that led to vital reforms in the laws regarding the safety of ships.  (VADM Brice-O’Hara’s choice)
Bloodstained Sea, by Michael G. Walling (ISBN: 978-0578012902).  The story of the Secretary Class cutters at the dawn of WWII and the Battle of the Atlantic against the U-Boat threat.  (VADM Currier’s choice)

Heroic Leadership: Best Practices from a 450-Year-Old Company That Changed the World , by Chris Lowney (ISBN: 978-0829421156).  Author Chris Lowney offers leadership lessons from the Jesuits, the renowned religious order whose originality and expertise have stirred admiration for nearly five centuries. (RADM Salerno’s choice)

Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships, by Daniel Goleman (ISBN: 978-0553384499).  A critique of society's creeping disconnection in the age of the iPod, constant digital connectivity, and multitasking. Goleman discusses the "toxicity" of insult and unpleasant social experience as he warns of the dangers of self-absorption and poor attention. Drawing on numerous studies, Goleman illuminates new theories about attachment, bonding, and the making and remaking of memory as he examines how our brains are wired for altruism, compassion, concern, and rapport. (VADM Brown’s choice)

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration, by Isabel Wilkerson (ISBN: 978-0679444329).  Stories of migration in America that will enrich the context of any immigration debate. (VADM Parker’s choice)

Successful Leadership Today, by Douglas L. Drewry (ISBN: 978-1879123076).  A collection of time-tested common sense leadership skills for today’s successful leader.  Personal traits and habits, like the manner and style in which you talk and listen, are as important to leadership as the way you direct and lead others.  Leadership principles and concepts are interwoven with management and personal practices in this book.  (MCPO-CG Leavitt’s choice)

Ask the Chief: Backbone of the Navy, by J. F. Leahy (ISBN: 978-1591144601).  A compilation of leadership experiences by Navy Chiefs from the aviation, surface, submarine, and special warfare communities, this book provides words of wisdom to guide the Coast Guard and Navy Chief alike.  A Chief can enjoy just one story about another Chief’s daily life, or she/he can consume the entire book based on interviews of nearly 100 Chiefs.  (MCPO-CGRF Allen’s choice)

Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership, by Ruth Haley Barton (ISBN: 978-0830835133).  This is a book that gets to the heart of the difficulties and struggles that leaders face.  Ruth's insights will, at the very least, strengthen the soul of your leadership.  (CAPT Weeden’s Chaplain of the Coast Guard choice)

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