BOOK REVIEW – U.S. Navy Codebreakers, Linguists, and Intelligence Officers Against Japan 1910-1941: A Biographical Dictionary

By Captain Steven E. Maffeo, USNR, (Ret.), Rowan & Littlefield, Lanham, MD (2016) Reviewed by Michael F. Solecki Any leader worth his salt will tell you that the acquisition, interpretation, and proper dissemination of intelligence is arguably the most important key to solving any problem; from identifying what is in front of you to winning

BOOK REVIEW – Haze Grey and Underway: A Memoir of U.S. Navy Surface Operations in the Western Pacific Supporting the Vietnam War, 1965 to 1975 (Vols. 1 and 2)

By Capt. Barry Nelson Kaye USN (Ret.), Self-published, Miami, FL (2016) Reviewed by Charles H. Bogart Captain Kaye provides an excellent account on his service in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War in the first volume of his memoir. He states that the reason he wrote this self-published book is that almost all of

Nuclear Engineering Pioneer David T. Leighton: A proponent of Naval History who made History

It is with sadness that we report the passing of David Trent Leighton on January 6, 2017 in Savannah, GA due to complications from pneumonia just a few days short of his 92nd birthday.  He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. In his retrospective Aircraft Carriers at War, Admiral James L. Holloway

Commercial Use of Marine Gas Turbines

By Captain George W. Stewart, USN (Ret.) I originally wrote this in response to questions raised by a member of the Steamship Historical Society concerning the lack of use in marine gas turbines in the commercial shipping world. This fact is true, even though they have been the standard application all new surface combatant vessels

BOOK REVIEW – Silent and Unseen: On Patrol in Three Cold War Attack Submarines

By Alfred S. McLaren, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD (2015) Reviewed by Timothy S. Wolters, Ph.D. In the fall of 1964, USS Skipjack (SSN 585) participated in in anti-submarine warfare (ASW) exercises in the Atlantic Ocean. Skipjack’s engineer, Lt. Alfred “Fred” McLaren, was in good spirits, both because the ASW exercises afforded a chance to

BOOK REVIEW – A History of the Royal Navy: The Seven Years War

By Martin Robson.  I.B. Tauris, London, (2016) Reviewed by John R. Satterfield, DBA Martin Robson, a lecturer in Strategic Studies at the University of Exeter, has written a fine book that summarizes the Royal Navy’s role in the Seven Years War with balanced treatment of the British government’s strategic framework for the conduct of the

BOOK REVIEW – Gulf Security and the U.S. Military: Regime Survival and the Politics of Basing

By Geoffrey F. Gresh, Stanford Security Press, Stanford, CA (2015) Reviewed by Junyuan Rao To aid the understanding of the security of the Gulf region, Geoffrey F. Gresh published Gulf Security and the U.S. Military: Regime Survival and the Politics of Basing. In this book, he explores the reasons that contribute to the giving or

BOOK REVIEW – Playing War: Wargaming and U.S. Navy Preparations for World War II

By John M. Lillard, Potomac Books, An Imprint of the University of Nebraska Press, (2016) Reviewed by Phillip G. Pattee, Ph.D. John M. Lillard, Ph.D., the author of Playing War: Wargaming and U.S. Navy Preparations for World War II has worked in the field of wargaming, modeling, and simulation since 1995. He served as a

BOOK REVIEW – Defenseless Under the Night: The Roosevelt Years and the Origins of Homeland Security

By Matthew Dallek, Oxford, New York, NY (2016) Reviewed by Capt. Jourden Travis Moger, CHC, USN Matthew Dallek tells the fascinating story of the rise and fall of the Office of Civilian Defense (OCD), America’s first federal office of homeland security. FDR created the OCD less than six months before the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.

BOOK REVIEW – Steering to Freedom: From Slave to Civil War Hero

By Patrick Gabridge, Penmore Press, Tucson AZ, (2015) Reviewed by Robert P. Largess Robert Smalls was a black slave at the beginning of the long blockade and siege of Charleston during the Civil War. He was also a skilled waterman and harbor pilot, as well as a man of remarkable charisma and intelligence, and on

BOOK REVIEW – Hunters and Killers: Volume 2: Anti-Submarine Warfare from 1943

By Norman Polmar and Edward C. Whitman, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD (2016) Reviewed by Larry A. Grant Hunters and Killers, Volume 2: Anti-Submarine Warfare from 1943 is the second volume of a sweeping survey of submarine and antisubmarine warfare written by two very well-informed authors. During his forty-year career as a Navy civilian employee,

BOOK REVIEW – The Conquering Tide: War in the Pacific Islands, 1942-1944

By Ian W. Toll, W.W. Norton, New York, NY (2016) Reviewed by John Grady Ian Toll’s Conquering Tide is the middle piece of his Pacific War history, and it is a superb fit with the first volume, Pacific Crucible. Now available in paperback, Conquering Tide tells the story of the fight after the Battle of

BOOK REVIEW – Brewers Luck: Hornblower’s Legacy

By James Keffer, Penmore Press, Tucson, AZ (2015) Reviewed by Rick Elkin When reading fiction, I tend to enjoy science fiction more than any genre. My taste in maritime and naval books tends to lean heavily toward non-fiction books. I enjoy “real” history. That said, I remember as a young boy watching “Horatio Hornblower” with

BOOK REVIEW – Seventeen Fathoms Deep: The Saga of the S-4 Disaster

By Joseph A. Williams, Chicago Review Press, Chicago, Il (2015) Reviewed by Rick Elkin As followers of naval history, most of us have, at least, a small amount of knowledge regarding submarine disasters that have occurred since just after World War I, when submarines became major weapons thanks to the German use of U-Boats. However,

BOOK REVIEW – Battleships: WWII Evolution of the Big Guns

By Philip Kaplan, Pen & Sword Maritime, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England (2015) Reviewed by Ed Calouro Devotees of big-gun battleships apparently cannot get their fill.  In Battleships: WWII Evolution of the Big Guns, prolific author Philip Kaplan has completed his third volume in the “Images of War” series about these warships.  In 2004, Kaplan wrote