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Sherman Baldwin joined Accenture in September 2004 and is currently the Global Client Executive managing one of Accenture's strategic clients.Prior to that he served as Vice President of Strategy & Development at Pratt & Whitney, a leading designer and manufacturer of jet engines and industrial gas turbines.
Previously he was the...
It has been 10 years since Sherman Baldwin wrote his first book, "Ironclaw: A Navy Carrier Pilot's War Experience."With that story, Mr. Baldwin turned his personal recollections of flying an attack jet during the Persian Gulf War in 1991 into a representative voice for naval aviators.His impetus for telling the story was "Tailhook '91," the infamous scandal in which 83 women and seven men accused Naval and Marine officers of sexually molesting and/or assaulting them during the annual aviators' symposium in Las Vegas, according to PBS.org."I think the media went overboard," he said.
Much was at stake when Mr. Baldwin, a senior executive at Accenture in Hartford and a Darien resident who spent summers in Roxbury, set pen to paper and published "Ironclaw" in 1997.The institution to which he had devoted his early professional life was under attack by the media and he wanted to present what he felt was the true character of the naval aviators with whom he served.Mr. Baldwin writes when he has something to say."You have to write about the things you are passionate about," he said.When he was in his 30s, you could say his career was his muse.Now in his 40s, married for 14 years and the father of three children with his wife, Alice, family values are of interest to him.The result is a nearly completed work entitled "Growing Up with Harry; Stories of Character," to be published in September through iUniverse at Barnes&Noble.com."It seems like so many things are under attack-literally and metaphorically.What are the stable and bedrock things you can hold onto? [My son] Henry is very much a post-9/11 child and understands very intimately that there are evil people in the world who can do harm," he said.The book of more than 50 short stories about Mr. Baldwin's now-deceased father, Harry, a lawyer, reveal how the elder Mr. Baldwin lived his life and the guiding principles that he passed on to his son.Above all else, character and honesty were valued.It is Mr. Baldwin's response to a shifting family unit and parents' anxieties about what the world will look like when they are gone and their children are left to navigate through uncertainty.Mr. Baldwin never had the chance to get to know his grandfather and namesake, and when his father died before having the chance to impart his wisdom to his grandchildren, Mr. Baldwin felt a loss.If there was one wish for Henry, his daughter, Lucy, and younger son Shane, it would be that they understood that "the key to life is to get wise before you get old."Mr. Baldwin put the quote in his dedication, thinking, "Wouldn't it be great if kids could listen to their grandparents and parents."Using his characteristic pointed language, Mr. Baldwin recounts stories of playing baseball with Henry and chopping wood at the family's Roxbury home.Chapter titles are simply named-"Marriage," "Junkyard"-speaking to a sort of essential experience and building block of life lessons.Mr. Baldwin employs a narrative style that allows enough room in the words for a wide variety of readers to feel as if the story is they're own.He attributes his writing ability to his parents and his education background.Mr. Baldwin graduated from Yale University in 1986, earned a master's degree in telecommunications from George Washington University and graduated from Harvard Business School in 1997.
"I don't know if I consider myself wise now," Mr. Baldwin said, but he hopes this will have an impact on the future generations.When the book in complete, it will include space for families to write their own stories, thus memorializing them."These stories about Harry are a gift from me to each of you," he writes in the dedication to his family." ...
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