Geoff Dyer applied to be a writer in residence on board an American aircraft carrier in 2011, his carrier of destination the U.S.S. George H.W. Bush stationed off the coast of Bahrain. In two weeks on the carrier, Dyer interviews the occupants, observes daily life on board and muses on the unique qualities of the American military and indeed the American way of life, which Dyer reflects on with delight and a kind of humorous appreciation, (see: "there was something very American about this ability to dwell constantly in the realm of the improvable superlative"). This is a witty, insightful and sometimes quite beautifully observed journey to a strange, industrial, military landscape.
Another Great Day at Sea: Life Aboard the USS George H.W. Bush - Geoff Dyer