Category Archives: Book Reviews

BOOK REVIEW – America’s First Frogman: The Draper Kauffman Story

By Elizabeth Kauffman Bush, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD (2004) Reviewed by Stephen Phillips There is a World War II American serviceman who fits the description of being the “right man at the right time.” Although he wanted to serve … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Sting of the Drone

By Richard A. Clarke, Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin’s Press, New York, NY (2014) Reviewed by Stephen Phillips Unmanned vehicles represent the most recent revolution in military technology, especially those capable of launching weapons. Like any paradigm shift, their entry … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Four Years Before the Mast: A History of New York’s Maritime College

By Joseph A. Williams, Fort Schuyler Press, Bronx, NY (2013) Reviewed by Suzanne Geissler,Suzanne Geissle Ph.D. The State University of New York Maritime College is the oldest maritime college in the United States.  A history of this college is long … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Hal’s Navy

By Cdr. Harold Sacks, USN (Ret.), Park Press, Norfolk, VA. (2013) Reviewed by Charles H. Bogart Cdr. Sacks has written a highly readable book about his service in the United States Navy from 1952 to 1972. He spent most of … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Images of Aviation: Naval Air Station Pensacola

By Maureen Smith Keillor and AMEC (AW/SW) Richard P. Keillor, MTS, Arcadia Publishing, Charleston, SC (2014) Review by Jason McHale The Images of Aviation series commemorates the history of flight through pictures. More than eighty books comprise this series focusing … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Images of Aviation: Naval Air Station Atlantic City

By Richard V. Porcelli, Arcadia Publishing, Charleston, South Carolina, (2012) Reviewed by John Galluzzo Authors choosing to work with Arcadia Publishing set themselves up with a challenge. With strict word counts accompanying each image size (small and large portraits and … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – The Lucky Few: The Fall of Saigon and the Rescue Mission of the USS Kirk

By Jan K. Herman, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD (2013) Reviewed by Nathan D. Wells The role that the United States Navy played in the Vietnam Conflict is well known, especially with regard to the beginning and escalation of the … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – To North Vietnam and Back Again: A Personal Account of Navy A-6 Intruder in Vietnam

By Ed Engle, Xlibris, Bloomington, IL (2013). Reviewed by Jan Churchill Edward C. Engle’s memoir offers a personal account of naval bombing operations and its dangers. Engle is a retired naval flight officer with engineering degrees from both Johns Hopkins … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Whips to Walls: Naval Discipline from Flogging to Progressive–Era Reform at Portsmouth Prison

By Rodney K. Watterson, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD (2014) Reviewed by Louis Arthur Norton, Ph.D. Casual readers of maritime history might be reluctant to pick up a book entitled Whips to Walls that features a photo of a grim … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights

By Steve Sheinkin, Roaring Book Press, New York, NY (2014) Review by: Aldona Sendzikas, Ph.D. How do you explain racism to teenagers—specifically, the existence of institutionalized racism and segregation in the U.S. Navy during most of its history? This is … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Ambushed Under the Southern Cross

By Captain George Duffy, Xlibris Corp., Bloomington (2008) Reviewed by Captain J.A. Peschka, Jr. If you still get excited and riveted to your chair when you read a good sea story, then Ambushed under the Southern Cross is for you. … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World

By Lincoln Paine, Alfred A. Knopf, New York, NY (2013) Reviewed by Sam Craghead This book could easily be titled, “The Greatest Sea Story Ever Told.”  The subtitle proffers the scope of the work, which Lincoln Paine delivers in grand … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – The Port of Houston

By Mark Lardas, Arcadia Publishing, Mt. Pleasant, SC (2013) Reviewed by Terry Miller Mark Lardas takes the reader through the history of the Port of Houston from its earliest days in the new Republic of Texas in 1836 to the … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Naval Air Station Jacksonville

By Ronald M.Williamson and Emily Savoca, Arcadia Publishing, Mt. Pleasant, SC, (2013). Reviewed By: Rodney Carlisle, Ph. D. This short photographic collection is one of more than 8,000 volumes produced by Arcadia Publishing in its “Images of America” series on … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – SUBIC: A Sailor’s Memoir

By Barbara Perkins-Brown, Self Published Reviewed By Lori Bogle. Ph.D. Barbara Perkins-Brown’s Subic: A Sailor’s Memoir is a tribute to her father Bobby Earl Perkins.  Perkins joined the Navy in the late 1960s to escape the segregated South only to become a … Continue reading

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