Dal Grad’s Book Earns Praise From Senior U.S. Officers

Professor Roger Thompson (BA’89, BAHC’91, MA’94) has received kudos from retired senior U.S. military officers for his book, Lessons Not Learned: The U.S. Navy’s Status Quo Culture. “Roger Thompson is a man of utmost character and moral courage,” said award-winning author Major Don Vandergriff, U.S. Army (Ret’d). “His students are very fortunate to have him as their teacher. Roger has also done great work on the military reform issues, particularly with the U.S. Navy. This takes a man of extreme moral courage, as such efforts ensure that you will not get any work with the U.S. government, as they do not like the academic supported truth.” In addition, Commander Kerry F. Gentry, U.S. Navy (Ret’d), former captain of a nuclear submarine, said “I thank Roger Thompson for producing a book that should be required reading for all those incumbents from the Secretary of Defense down to Navy Junior Officers.”

Furthermore, the late Captain Daniel Appleton, U.S. Navy (Ret’d), a World War II veteran, called the book “compelling”. Lessons Not Learned was also endorsed by Lieutenant Colonel David Evans, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret’d), former defense correspondent with The Chicago Tribune. His work has been recognized by Pentagon reformer Chuck Spinney as well, who appeared on the cover of Time magazine in 1983. Finally, he has been interviewed by Stars & Stripes, Thomson Reuters, and Radio Sputnik Moscow, and was just interviewed about his Star Trek class by the best-selling author and Hollywood producer Mark A. Altman, who was described by the LA Times as “The World’s Foremost Trekspert”.