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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Sea Stories: A Memoir of a Naval Officer (1956-1967)

By Gary Slaughter, Fletcher House, Nashville, TN (2016) Reviewed by Charles Bogart Gary Slaughter has crafted a fascinating book about his service in the U.S. Navy. The narrative starts with his life as a small town boy seeking greater opportunity … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – The War of Numbers 1914-1916: The Kaiser’s Navy Gone Rogue

By Hans Joachim Koerver, Dr. Cynthia Dyre-Moellenhoff (ed.), LIS Reinisch Verlag, Steinbach, (2016) Reviewed by Eric Dietrich-Berryman, Ph.D. War of Numbers is not a long book but packs impressive, relevant detail, much of it original from the author’s searches through … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Another Great Day at Sea: Life Aboard The USS George H.W. Bush

By Geoff Dyer, Vintage Books, New York, NY (2014) Reviewed by Nathan Albright Whether or not a reader appreciates this book will greatly depend on their mindset. If someone comes to this book looking for someone who is serious about … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – The Battle of Jutland

By Geoffrey Bennett (originally published B.T. Batsford Ltd., London, UK 1964), Pan & Sword Books Ltd. Barnsley, UK (2015) Reviewed by Tim McGrath Few historians, on land or sea, can match the depth and breadth of the work of Captain … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Ice Station Nautilus

By Rick Campbell, St. Martin’s Press, New York, NY (2016) Reviewed by William H. White A gripping, action-packed novel that is just plausible enough to be pulled from the headlines of today’s paper. Commander Campbell, a former submariner, knows his … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – World War II As Seen Through the Eyes of United States Navy Cruisers

By Senior Chief George J. Chambers, U.S. Navy (Retired), Heritage Books, Berwyn Heights (2015) Reviewed by Captain Howard R. Portnoy, U.S. Navy (Retired) George J. Chambers, the author of this book, served twenty years in the US Navy, retiring as … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – End of Empire – 100 Days in 1945 that Changed Asia and the World

By David P. Chandler, Robert Cribb and Li Narangoa, NIAS Press, Copenhagen, Denmark (2016) Reviewed by Charles H Bogart The hundred days that this book is concerned with are the days between 5 August and 12 November 1945. The book … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – The Battle of the Atlantic: How the Allies Won the War

By Jonathan Dimbleby, Oxford University Press, New York, NY (2016) Reviewed by Captain J. F. “Bookie” Boland, U.S. Navy (Ret.) The long campaign between the Western Allies and Germany’s U-boat force during the Second World War is the subject of … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – In Pursuit of the Essex; Mad For Glory

Reviewed by John Grady David Porter remains one of the most fascinating personalities in the early American Navy.  His quickly written, often self-serving but surprisingly candid Journal about his wartime activities in the Pacific set a standard for naval writing … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Apache Over Libya

By Will Laidlaw, Pen and Sword, South Yorkshire (2016) Reviewed by Adam Kline Lt. Col. Will Laidlaw, who served as commander of the UK’s 656 attack helicopter squadron during NATO’s 2011 intervention in Libya, personally flew night strike missions in … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – The Sea Mark: Captain John Smith’s Voyage to New England

By Russel M. Lawson, University Press of New England, Lebanon (2015) Reviewed by Warren Riess, Ph.D. This book has the feel of two different works. One is John Smith in the last two decades of his life. The other is … Continue reading

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