Looking for books to read this spring and summer? If you are a Midshipman parent, alum, veteran or just interested in attending the Academy, we have the reading list for you. No matter your preference, you are sure to find something in the following reading list to spark your interest:
Naval Academy Annapolis
(2015) by Ginny Pearce; photographed by Roger Miller. Foreword by Jimmy Carter (class of 1947).
This is the ultimate “coffee table” book featuring beautiful, colorful graphics. Readers can learn from the visual depictions of sea trials, Army-Navy games, commissioning ceremonies, yard patrol boats and sailboats. Miller also gives the viewer a glimpse inside the Academy classrooms and dorm rooms. Training sessions where midshipmen are taught sea and air combat techniques are also pictured.
(2018) by Susan WeisbergIn this work of young adult fiction, Bancroft Hall (the U.S.N.A. dorm which houses 4,000 Midshipmen) is also home to Chester, a mouse who lives in the hidden nooks and crannies. This adorable story follows Chester and his friends modeling their behavior as “midshipmice” after the Midshipmen they observe in the dormitory.
Weisberg cleverly humanizes her rodent characters, making her story naturally enjoyable. But at the same time, they face challenges, evade disaster, and emphasize virtues of friendship, loyalty, teamwork, leadership, courage, responsibility, honor and serving others.
Navy Football: Return to Glory
(2017) by T. C. Cameron. Foreword by Bill Belichick.
Everyone has heard the rallying cry: “Go Navy, Beat Army!” The Army-Navy rivalry goes back many years before football buffs ranked the military academy teams in the same class with other well-known collegiate gridiron gangs. Cameron takes the readers back to the “Camelot” years of Navy football in the ‘50s and early ‘60s. This is the time period when they were led by Heisman Trophy winners Roger Staubach and the late Joe Bellino. Navy was even ranked No. 2 in the country in 1963. Then, eerily, after the assassination of Navy vet JFK, the Annapolis football program sank into obscurity. But as the book’s title asserts, there has been a return to success for the Midshipmen.
This is the annual handbook of the Naval Academy Brigade of Midshipmen. Reef Points contains comprehensive information on curricula, faculty, living quarters, rules, regulations, anecdotes, hymns, songs, jargon and outlines the core values and mission of the U.S. Naval Academy. It is given to all plebes on Induction Day, and it is also a good resource and military cultural touchstone for parents or others interested in knowing about the day-to-day life at USNA.
A Walk in the Yard: A Self-Guided Tour of the U.S. Naval Academy
(2007) by Taylor Baldwin Kiland
The grounds of the U.S. Naval Academy are commonly referred to as “the Yard.” This book contains quotes from famous graduates, descriptions of historic events which took place on campus from the perspective of people who were actually there, notes on the architectural style of the campus buildings, and guides on where to stand on campus to compare historic images to the modern day skyline.
(2006) by David R. Dixon
The best-selling Marine Corps Children's book, Goodnight Marines makes the perfect gift for baby showers, birthdays, or during the holiday season. Brilliantly illustrated by former Disney Artist, Phil Jones (Tarzan, Mulan, Lilo&Stitch), and written by an award-winning poet and active-duty Marine, this hardcover children's book will warm the hearts of both young and old as the audience is taken on an imaginative adventure that teaches about the culture&traditions of the USMC.
Are you ready to add some of these books to your personal library? Start by purchasing the most current edition of Reef Points from Navyonline.com. 100% of proceeds goes back to the Brigade of Midshipmen.