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BOOK REVIEW – Big Mother 40, A Vietnam War Novel

By Marc Liebman, Fireship Press, Tuscan, AZ, (2012) Reviewed by Thomas P. Ostrom It was my pleasure to review this magnificent book about U.S. Navy helicopter combat rescue operations for downed aviators and crews during the Vietnam War. Naval Historical Foundation Program Director Dr. David F. Winkler suggested I review this book because of my

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BOOK REVIEW – From the Revolution to the Cold War: A History of the Soviet Merchant Fleet from 1917 to 1950

By Martin J. Bollinger, World Ship Society Ltd, Windsor. UK. (2012). Reviewed by Ingo Heidbrink, Ph.D. Russian or to be more precise Soviet maritime history seems to be one of the most overlooked topics in global maritime history. Of course there is an explanation for this, the obvious language barrier many scholars are facing and

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BOOK REVIEW – Lessons From The Hanoi Hilton: Six Characteristics of High-Performance Teams

By Peter Fretwell and Taylor B. Kiland. 2013, U.S. Naval Institute, Annapolis, MD, (2013). Reviewed by Charles Bogart Never before have I had the privilege to read a book that within only 153 pages of text provides the reader with an outline of how to be a leader. I need to mention that there is

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BOOK REVIEW – Congo: The Miserable Expeditions and Dreadful Death of Lt. Emory Taunt, USN

By Andrew C. A. Jampoler, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD, (2013). Reviewed by Mark Lardas The nineteenth century United States Navy exploration efforts included the Exploring Expedition of 1838–1842 that circumnavigated the globe and discovered parts of Antarctica and the 1848-49 hydrographic expedition charting the Dead Sea. Both were notable successes. On the other end

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BOOK REVIEW – Misadventures of a Civil War Submarine: Iron, Guns, and Pearls

By James P. Delgado, Texas A&M University Press, College Station: TX, (2012) Reviewed by Phillip G. Pattee, Ph.D When I saw the title of James P. Delgado’s most recent book, I mistakenly believed it would chronicle the storied life of the CSS Hunley simply because this was the only Civil War submarine with which I

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BOOK REVIEW – War on the Waters: The Union and Confederate Navies, 1861-1865

By James M. McPherson, University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill NC, (2012). Reviewed by Kenneth J. Blume, Ph.D. Do we need yet another book about the naval side of the Civil War? When the book has been written by the nation’s preeminent scholar of the Civil War, the answer is certainly yes. James M.

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2013 Naval Historical Foundation STEM-H Teacher Fellowship Program a Success

  The summer 2013 Naval Historical Foundation STEM-H (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and History) Fellowship Program, conducted in coordination with Historic Ship Nautilus and the Submarine Force Library and Museum Association, in Groton, CT, came to a successful conclusion in the first week of August. Four Connecticut teachers, Ted Allen (science) and Greg Felber (math and

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Are Young Americans Into Mahan? Naval History Strongly Represented in 2013 National History Day Contest

By Christopher Eckardt The annual National History Day (NHD) concluded with the national awards ceremony on 13 June at the University of Maryland. Every year, the NHD contest invites historically minded students in all fifty states, the territories, and even internationally, to research a topic of interest to them and present their work in a

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BOOK REVIEW – Lost Colony: The Untold Story of China’s First Great Victory Over the West

By Tonio Andrade, Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, (2011). Reviewed by STCM James C. Bussert, U.S. Navy (Retired) The Chinese naval and land military defeats versus all foreign powers, including Japan, Russia, Britain and France from 1886 to 1947, are well known. What is not well known is the Chinese defeat of Dutch forces over

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BOOK REVIEW – The German and the Austrian Navies: Vol. I and II

By Marc E. Nonnenkamp, CreateSpace: Charleston, SC, (2011). Reviewed by Walter “Winn” Price My immediate interest in these two volume stems from the presence in my manuscript of three Imperial German Navy ships: S.M.S. Olga, Adler, and Eber. Longer term I anticipated that Marc Nonnenkamp’s research would under girt future writing leading up to the

BOOK REVIEW – Destroyerman

By John T. Pigott, (2006) Reviewed by Rear Admiral Peter B. Booth, U.S. Navy (Retired) The whaleboat was deep in the water, grossly overloaded with sailors hauled from the ocean. I grabbed the oil-soaked life jacket of the sailor who would have brought our total to thirty-five, and had started to heave him aboard when

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Navy Museum Store – August Blowout Sale!

For the entire month of August enjoy a 10% discount on all items, including marked down items. Check with the Navy Museum Store (202) 889-2212 (located in the Navy Museum, Building 76) or the Naval Historical Foundation (202) 678-4333 (located in Building 57) for further details. And be sure to check out the selection of

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Life on a Fletcher Class Destroyer in the 1950’s

  By Captain George Stewart, USN (Retired) This is the first of a series of articles describing life in the 1950s on a World War II built Fletcher Class Destroyer. My connection to these ships began as I was approaching graduation from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in August of 1956. Due to a change in

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Navy Museum and Cold War Gallery Accessible by Anacostia Riverwalk in August

  For the month of August, Naval History and Heritage Command along with the support of Naval District Washington, will offer free public access via the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail to the newly opened Cold War Gallery, the National Museum of the U.S. Navy and destroyer Display Ship Barry. The only day the museums will not

2013 Brigadier General James L. Collins Jr. Book Prize in Military History

The U.S. Commission on Military History announces the 2013 Brigadier General James L. Collins Jr. Book Prize in Military History. The prize entails a $1,000 award to the author of any nationality of the best book written in English on any field of military history published during 2012. The Book Prize Committee, chaired by Dr.