Bathtub Admirals by Jeff Huber

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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 "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.

About Jeff Huber

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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.
Published April 1, 2008 by Kunati Inc.. 320 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, War, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Daily Kos

From his "friend," Buzz, who more is more than willing to throw Hogan under the bus to further his own career to USNA grads with the connections and influence that Hogan, an AOCS (Aviation Officer Candidate School) officer, doesn't have, to officers who are just flat-out idiots and/or criminals, ...

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Scholars And Rogues

But, the unnamed State official said, unnamed American Embassy officials wouldn’t verify the story, nor would unnamed Pakistani officials in Islamabad, who were presumably different unnamed Pakistani officials from the unnamed Pakistani authorities who told the story to the unnamed State official...

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