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BOOK REVIEW – The German Fleet at War, 1939-1945

By Vincent P. O’Hara. Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD, (2011). Reviewed by Simone C. De Santiago Ramos Much has been written about the German warships Bismarck, Graf Spee, and Scharnhorst and their mêlées while overlooking the lesser known battles during World War II. Vincent O’Hara, an independent scholar tries with his text The German Fleet

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BOOK REVIEW – A Bridge of Ships: Canadian Shipbuilding during the Second World War

By James Pritchard, McGill-Queen’s University Press, Montreal & Kingston, (2011) Reviewed by Phillip G. Pattee, Ph.D. Prize winning scholar James Pritchard, professor emeritus of history, Queens University, has published his third book. His previous works, Anatomy of a Naval Disaster: The 1746 French Expedition to North America, and Louis XV’s Navy, 1748-1762, both deal with

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BOOK REVIEW – Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942

By Ian W. Toll, W.W. Norton Company, New York, London, (2011). Reviewed by Rear Adm. Richard Gentz, USN (Ret.) Do not expect an objective review to follow! I was an immediate fan of Ian Toll when I found his first book Six Frigates in a gift shop on the Newport, Rhode Island waterfront. The continued

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BOOK REVIEW – Admiral Insubordinate: The Life and Times of Lord Beresford

By Richard Freeman, Self-Published, Great Britain, (2012) Reviewed by Nathan Albright Richard Freeman is a historian of several (mostly self-published) books, including The Great Edwardian Naval Feud, Britain’s Greatest Naval Battle, and A Close Run Thing: the Navy and the Falklands War. It is clear that much of the research for this book flowed out

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BOOK REVIEW – Able Seamen, The Lower Deck of the Royal Navy 1850-1939

By Brian Lavery, Naval Institute Press, (2012) Reviewed by Capt. Winn Price, USNR (Ret.) The book jacket informs us that Brian Lavery is a Curator Emeritus of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England. Able Seamen is the second in a series of three studies of enlisted life or ‘the lower deck’ in the Royal

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BOOK REVIEW – Hacks, Sycophants, Adventurers, and Heroes: Madison’s Commanders in the War of 1812

By David Fitz-Enz, Taylor Trade Publishing, New York, (2012). Reviewed by Thomas Sheppard While the literature on the War of 1812 is extensive – and growing rapidly amid bicentennial celebrations – David Fitz-Enz laments that few have the time or inclination to wade through most of the books published on the conflict, leading to widespread

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BOOK REVIEW – John Barry: An American Hero in the Age of Sail

By Tim MacGrath, Westholme Publishing, Yardley, PA, (2010). Reviewed by Mark Lardas John Barry and John Paul Jones are the twin pillars underpinning the foundations of the United States Navy. Their naval careers created a heritage used by the Navy to the present. Jones’s life and exploits have inspired hundreds of books. Sadly, Barry’s appeal

NHF Historian Addresses US and Russian Navies During Incidents at Sea Agreement Review

On Thursday 25 October, NHF Historian Dr. David Winkler addressed the U.S. and Russian Navy delegations during concluding ceremonies of the 40th Annual Incidents at Sea Agreement Review that was held at the Naval Observatory. Dr. Winkler’s 1998 dissertation at American University covered the history of the Incidents at Sea Agreement that was negotiated between

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BOOK REVIEW – Italian Battleships of World War II

By Mark Stille, illustrated by Paul Wright, Osprey Publishing, UK, (2011) Reviewed by Alberto R Savoretti, MD Mark Stille’s latest installment is a delightfully refreshing work far and above what its easy reading Osprey/Vanguard primer format suggests: you can’t judge a book by its cover! This work brings new or largely undiscovered material to the

USS Enterprise Commemorative Coin Now on Sale

This week, the legendary aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) completes her final journey. Her return to her Norfolk, VA homeport this weekend will mark the end of 51 years of active service with the United States Navy, and 25 overseas deployments. Enterprise, the world’s first nuclear powered aircraft carrier, was commissioned in 1961. She

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BOOK REVIEW – Kamikaze: Japanese Special Attack Weapons 1944-45

By Steven J. Zaloga, Osprey Publishing, Oxford, UK, (2011) Reviewed by Rear Admiral Ed Keats, U.S. Navy (Retired) In 1944, the Japanese high command realized they had been defeated in the war against the United States. Their efforts then concentrated on procuring the best post-war terms they could gain. They believed the optimum way was

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Call for Papers: Decision in the Atlantic

Friday and Saturday 17 – 18 May 2013 Department of War Studies, King’s College London In the history of warfare few campaigns have been as long, as complex or covered as large an area as the Battle of the Atlantic did in the Second World War. The contest for allied maritime communications began on the

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BOOK REVIEW – The Day the World Was Shocked: The Lusitania Disaster and Its Influence on the Course of World War I

By John Protasio, Casemate Publishing, Havertown, PA (2011),239 pp. Reviewed by Charles H. Bogart The author has crafted a well-written book that covers the sinking of the British flagged passenger liner Lusitania on 7 May 1914, by the German submarine U-20. The book is divided into three sections that consider 1) the events leading up