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My Incredible Journey: From Cadet to Command Hardcover – 1 May 2013
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I was, however, irritated by errors throughout the book. For example, he talks about a FOST work-up at Portland in DEVON, about the advent of closed bridges in 1966 and he calls the Royal Yacht HMRY Britannia. Closed bridges came in earlier than 1966 and Britannia has never been HMRY (I am an ex-Royal Yachtsman). He goes on to comment that the tot stopped in the 1950s when, in fact, it was 1970. Perhaps the biggest "howler" of all is the statement that the world record for a refuelling at sea is 52 hours 40 minutes !!!!!!!!!!! I have no idea what the world record is but it is certainly not 2 days+
Pedantic maybe, but his proof reader falls into the category "Could do better"
The book details his career, and many different appointments, in a clear and highly articulate style. It was interesting to read about his many experiences and how they effected his learning and contributed to his success. His narrative demonstrates how excellent training and leadership can be passed down and on to others. There are no prescriptive anecdotes, just lessons learned that empowered a sense of leadership and responsibility that instilled courage and conviction in those around him.
For anyone starting out in management or leadership, this book will give you an excellent insight to the working and social life of an officer in the Royal Navy, and leave you with a sense of direction in how to conduct yourself in such a way that gets the best out of those in your charge.
In the heat of battle in the Falklands War, I could here Peter commentating on the numerous air raids over the main broadcast. His style reminded me of the famous cricket commentator - Brian Johnstone. In amidst the description of the air raids, I was expecting his calm voice to announce that the Chief chef had baked a cake for all the action crews! He was cool as cucumber!
The sheer range of his many assignments, and the frequency of his job changes during his progression from Naval Cadet to Rear Admiral surprised me greatly.
In Peter's effervescent style these experiences make for easy and enjoyable reading. No doubt they were also excellent preparation for his role as Captain of HMS Intrepid during the Falklands Campaign.
The Campaign itself forms a riveting section of the book. The heroism of those involved, and the tremendous responsibility resting on the senior officers stand out very clearly.
All in all an absorbing read for layman and expert alike.
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