Ungentle Goodnights

In Ungentle Goodnights (Naval Institute Press, 2018), Christopher McKee uses the records of the U.S. Naval Asylum (later the U.S. Naval Home), a residence for disabled and elderly sailors and Marines established by the U.S. government, to recover the lives of the 541 men who were admitted there as lifetime residents between 1831 and 1866. McKee, Samuel R. and Marie-Louise Rosenthal Professor Emeritus, seeks to discover the life experiences of real Marines and naval sailors, not a few of whom were misbehaving, crafty, and engaging individuals who feature prominently in the book.