Category Archives: Book Reviews

BOOK REVIEW – Voyage to Gallipoli

By Peter Plowman, Rosenberg Publishing/Transpress, Australia (2013) Reviewed by Michael Wynd Just in time for the beginning of the First World War centennial commemoration in Australia and New Zealand, Peter Plowman has produced a work on the transports that took … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – A History of the Royal Navy: The Napoleonic Wars

By Martin Robson, I. B. Tauris, London, England (2014) Reviewed by Mark Lardas Every century or so, the British write a quasi-official, multi-volume, comprehensive history of the Royal Navy. The turn of the twentieth century saw publication of the seven-volume … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – World War I for Kids: A History with 21 Activities

By R. Kent Rasmussen, Chicago Review Press, Inc., Chicago, IL (2014) Reviewed by Jim McClelland Kent Rasmussen, a well-known author who has written or edited more than twenty books, recently produced World War I for Kids. He is best known … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Ready Seapower: a History of the U.S. Seventh Fleet

By Edward J. Marolda, Naval History & Heritage Command, Washington, DC (2012) Reviewed by Paul W. Murphey, Ph.D., CDR, CHC, USN (Retired) Ready Seapower is an attractive book. Its coffee table format and design make it appealing for guests to … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Legends in Sail

By Olaf T. Engvig, Themo Publishing, Los Angeles, CA (2013) Reviewed by Mark Lardas Norway has a long maritime tradition. While it is still among the world’s major shipping nations, it used sailing vessels much later than the rest of … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – The Great Ocean: Pacific Worlds from Captain Cook to the Gold Rush

By David Igler, Oxford University Press, New York, NY (2013) Reviewed by Nathan D. Wells Professor David Igler recently won the North American Society for Oceanic History John Lyman Book award for the category of U.S. Maritime History, and rightly … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Rebalancing U.S. Forces: Basing and Forward Presence in the Asia-Pacific

Edited By Carnes Lord and Andrew S. Erickson, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD (2014) Reviewed by Nathan Albright For those readers who have an interest in reading the plans of the U.S. Navy in addressing the complicated concerns of logistics, … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – War Letters 1914-1918, Vol. 2: From a Midshipman at Sea with the Royal Navy During the First World War

Edited by Mark Tanner, Self Published, (2013) Reviewed by Capt. Winn Price, USNR (Ret.) In 1911, 13 year-old Philip M. de Carteret received an appointment to the Royal Naval College in Osborne. His letters form the second of nine volumes, … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Render Harmless

By Marc Liebman, Fireship Press Tucson, (2014) Reviewed by Charles H. Bogart This is the second book in the author’s Lt. Josh Haman USN series. The first book, Big Mother 40, was set in Vietnam. In that book, Lt. Haman … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – The Republic Afloat

By Matthew Taylor Raffety, The University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL (2013) Review by Sam Craghead With the rise of the American merchant fleet to a position rivaling that of Great Britain, the lives of American seamen (from the end … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – The British Raid on Essex: The Forgotten Battle of the War of 1812

By Jerry Roberts, Wesleyan University Press, Middletown, CT (2014) Reviewed by David Curtis Skaggs, Ph.D, COL USAR (Ret.) On the night of April 7, 1814, Cmdr. Richard Coote and a party of 136 Royal Navy sailors and Royal Marines began … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – South Pacific Cauldron: World War II’s Great Forgotten Battlegrounds

By Alan Rems, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD (2014) Reviewed by John R. Satterfield, DBA Although an amateur historian, author Rems has produced a very professional volume.  His book is the only recent one-volume account of World War II’s Southwest … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – The Liberty Incident Revealed: The Definitive Account of the 1967 Israeli Attack on the U.S. Navy Spy Ship

By A. Jay Cristol, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD (2013) Reviewed by Stephen Phillips On June 8, 1967, Israeli air and naval forces engaged in the Arab-Israeli Six Day War      attacked USS Liberty (AGTR 5), killing 34 and wounding 171 … Continue reading

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Victor Delano, Naval Hero and Friend of NHF, Passes

The Naval Historical Foundation lost a good friend and dedicated member last week. Victor Delano, U.S. Navy Captain (retired) and Pearl Harbor survivor, died on Monday, August 25th, at Casey House in Rockville, Maryland. Delano was 94 years old. Delano … Continue reading

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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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