Annapolis Autumn (Print)

Annapolis Autumn: Life, Death, and Literature at the U.S. Naval Academy.

New York: The New Press, 2005. A book of memoirs on the paradoxes of teaching English at a military college.

"Bruce Fleming should get down on his knees every evening and thank the Lord for the tenure system. [He writes:] "The war novels we read in class show the waste and pointlessness of war." . . . All this is absolutely accurate." –Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post

"Bruce Fleming initiates a no-holds-barred conversation about the task of teaching literature to Naval cadets. His anecdotes and analyses often speak to a plight that goes beyond an institution whose students are paid to attend class. Fleming elucidates aspects of the academy's culture with neither the hushed reverence nor snide cynicism that can accompany writing on the military. Wonderful Stand and Deliver-style scenes... What ties this book together are telling anecdotes that hit on the idiosyncratic nature of masculinity." –John Dicker, City Paper

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