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The Mother of All Hooks: Story of the U.S.Navy's Tailhooks Scandal (Hardback)
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The Mother of All Hooks: Story of the U.S.Navy's Tailhooks Scandal (Hardback)

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Hardback 377 Pages / Published: 28/02/1997
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The Mother of All Hooks is a richly detailed description of the United States government's attempts to punish naval officers for sexual misconduct committed at the 1991 Tailhook Association convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. Journalist William H. McMichael describes the institutionalized mind-set that led to that misconduct and, in the face of an oppressive, politically charged investigation, to a large-scale failure to cooperate with government agents. This failure led to further investigative and prosecutorial excesses that ultimately doomed the effort to bring the guilty to justice; many of the guiltiest, hi fact, were given immunity to testify, and escaped severe punishment. At the same time, McMichael makes clear that Tailhook misconduct had been largely condoned for decades, but that senior officials failed to take responsibility for allowing such an atmosphere to flourish. This powerful expose is a shocking, eye-opening read for psychologists, criminologists, criminal justice professionals, and members of the U.S. military.

The Tailhook Association convention had become infamous in naval circles for heavy drinking, hard partying, and sexual promiscuity. The most notable such ac-tivity was the "gauntlet"-a hallway lined by men through which selected women were forced to pass, only to be fondled. McMichael provides a rich narrative ac-count of how the United States Navy and the Pentagon mishandled investigation of events at the 1991 convention and subsequent hearings. In addition to exposing that approach's dramatic shortcomings, McMichael also provides insight into the Navy's history of open sexuality by its members while overseas, the fighter pilot psyche, and the larger issue of whether the Navy should be permitted to investigate its own transgressions. While more than thirty admirals eventually received what amounted to a hand slap, more than twenty junior officers received career-killing punitive letters of reprimand in closed-door administrative hearings. The Mother of All Hooks provides absorbing new details for all who think they "know" what hap-pened because of Tailhook-and why.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
ISBN: 9781560002932
Number of pages: 377
Weight: 816 g
Dimensions: 248 x 165 x 37 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"In The Mother of All Hooks, journalist William McMichael provides . . . an explicit account of the Navy's Tailhook scandal and the often inept investigation that followed. McMichael describes what happened in careful, well-documented detail. . . . Anyone interested in the details of the Tailhook scandal should read this book. Its detailed account . . . is also a good case study about how the failure of leadership to recognize and detail with a problem can snowball into something terribly out of control."

--Patricia M. Shields, Armed Forces and Society

"When you finish reading McMichael's book, you will have an understanding of Tailhook and the mendacious culture in the Navy. . . . [I]f you want to understand the Tailhook affair, there is only one book, and this is it."

--James P. Stevenson, Daily Press

"The volume's lessons should be treasured by all. . . . It's a priceless tale of the dos and don'ts of containing crises and managing change progressively and intelligently. It also is a telling analysis of the relationship between the military world and the civilians to whom it reports. The Mother of All Hooks is an intricate, extremely detailed and thoroughly researched narration of the investigations and judicial proceedings connected to Tailhook."

--Sybil Fix, The Post and Courier

"[A] genuinely compelling read. . . . The book unfolds like the best kind of detective fiction, weaving a credible picture of an almost incredible scandal. . . . McMichael's thoughtful reporting and assessment come through loud and clear. . . . Finally, after years of angry and heated debate, The Mother of All Hooks puts the Tailhook scandal into considerably sharper focus."

--Kate Melhuish, The Virginian-Pilot

"The book is written in a nonacademic, easy-to-read style. . . . [T]he author's writing style . . . accentuate[s] the various human aspects of this amazing story. Through a careful telling of the Tailhook story, McMichael has painted a very compelling picture of a regrettable aspect of the US Navy's history."

--Major Kirk Davies, Airpower Journal

"Bill McMichael has written a superlative analysis of why it has been so difficult for the Navy to learn the correct lessons from the Tailhook tragedy. Must reading for anyone concerned with how the Navy handled Tailhook and its aftermath, and the long-term impact of tailhook on civil-military relations in this country."

--Lawrence J. Korb, former assistant secretary of defense in the Reagan administration and senior fellow, The Brookings Institution


"In The Mother of All Hooks, journalist William McMichael provides . . . an explicit account of the Navy's Tailhook scandal and the often inept investigation that followed. McMichael describes what happened in careful, well-documented detail. . . . Anyone interested in the details of the Tailhook scandal should read this book. Its detailed account . . . is also a good case study about how the failure of leadership to recognize and detail with a problem can snowball into something terribly out of control."

--Patricia M. Shields, Armed Forces and Society

"When you finish reading McMichael's book, you will have an understanding of Tailhook and the mendacious culture in the Navy. . . . [I]f you want to understand the Tailhook affair, there is only one book, and this is it."

--James P. Stevenson, Daily Press

"The volume's lessons should be treasured by all. . . . It's a priceless tale of the dos and don'ts of containing crises and managing change progressively and intelligently. It also is a telling analysis of the relationship between the military world and the civilians to whom it reports. The Mother of All Hooks is an intricate, extremely detailed and thoroughly researched narration of the investigations and judicial proceedings connected to Tailhook."

--Sybil Fix, The Post and Courier

"[A] genuinely compelling read. . . . The book unfolds like the best kind of detective fiction, weaving a credible picture of an almost incredible scandal. . . . McMichael's thoughtful reporting and assessment come through loud and clear. . . . Finally, after years of angry and heated debate, The Mother of All Hooks puts the Tailhook scandal into considerably sharper focus."

--Kate Melhuish, The Virginian-Pilot

"The book is written in a nonacademic, easy-to-read style. . . . [T]he author's writing style . . . accentuate[s] the various human aspects of this amazing story. Through a careful telling of the Tailhook story, McMichael has painted a very compelling picture of a regrettable aspect of the US Navy's history."

--Major Kirk Davies, Airpower Journal

"Bill McMichael has written a superlative analysis of why it has been so difficult for the Navy to learn the correct lessons from the Tailhook tragedy. Must reading for anyone concerned with how the Navy handled Tailhook and its aftermath, and the long-term impact of tailhook on civil-military relations in this country."

--Lawrence J. Korb, former assistant secretary of defense in the Reagan administration and senior fellow, The Brookings Institution


-In The Mother of All Hooks, journalist William McMichael provides . . . an explicit account of the Navy's Tailhook scandal and the often inept investigation that followed. McMichael describes what happened in careful, well-documented detail. . . . Anyone interested in the details of the Tailhook scandal should read this book. Its detailed account . . . is also a good case study about how the failure of leadership to recognize and detail with a problem can snowball into something terribly out of control.-

--Patricia M. Shields, Armed Forces and Society

-When you finish reading McMichael's book, you will have an understanding of Tailhook and the mendacious culture in the Navy. . . . [I]f you want to understand the Tailhook affair, there is only one book, and this is it.-

--James P. Stevenson, Daily Press

-The volume's lessons should be treasured by all. . . . It's a priceless tale of the dos and don'ts of containing crises and managing change progressively and intelligently. It also is a telling analysis of the relationship between the military world and the civilians to whom it reports. The Mother of All Hooks is an intricate, extremely detailed and thoroughly researched narration of the investigations and judicial proceedings connected to Tailhook.-

--Sybil Fix, The Post and Courier

-[A] genuinely compelling read. . . . The book unfolds like the best kind of detective fiction, weaving a credible picture of an almost incredible scandal. . . . McMichael's thoughtful reporting and assessment come through loud and clear. . . . Finally, after years of angry and heated debate, The Mother of All Hooks puts the Tailhook scandal into considerably sharper focus.-

--Kate Melhuish, The Virginian-Pilot

-The book is written in a nonacademic, easy-to-read style. . . . [T]he author's writing style . . . accentuate[s] the various human aspects of this amazing story. Through a careful telling of the Tailhook story, McMichael has painted a very compelling picture of a regrettable aspect of the US Navy's history.-

--Major Kirk Davies, Airpower Journal

-Bill McMichael has written a superlative analysis of why it has been so difficult for the Navy to learn the correct lessons from the Tailhook tragedy. Must reading for anyone concerned with how the Navy handled Tailhook and its aftermath, and the long-term impact of tailhook on civil-military relations in this country.-

--Lawrence J. Korb, former assistant secretary of defense in the Reagan administration and senior fellow, The Brookings Institution

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