British and German Battlecruisers: Their Development and Operations

British & German Battlecruisers:  Their Development and Operations By Michele Cosentino and Ruggero Stanglini. Annapolis, MD:  Naval Institute Press, 2016.       HMS Dreadnought and the Invincible-class battlecruisers transformed naval warfare when they were laid down in 1905 and 1906.  Dreadnought, the first all-big-gun battleship, made previous ships of the line obsolescent if not

Churchill’s Thin Grey Line: British Merchant Ships at War, 1939 – 1945

Churchill’s Thin Grey Line: British Merchant Ships at War 1939 -1945 by Bernard Edwards 2018, Pen & Sword, Havertown, PA. 248 pp., $34.95.     The United Kingdom has always considered its Merchant Marine to be part of its armed forces during wartime. Since time immortal, the White Ensign of the Royal Navy and the

Adrift: A True Story of Tragedy on the Icy Atlantic and the One Who Lived to Tell About It

Adrift: A True Story of Tragedy on the Icy Atlantic and the One Who Lived to Tell About It   Brian Murphy with Toula Vlahou New York: Da Capo Press, 2018 240 pp., Bibliography, Map, and Illustrations   If in the mid-19th century an ocean crossing wasn’t the blind leap into the unknown that it

Controlled Delivery: Covert Operations in the War on Drugs

Controlled Delivery: Covert Operations in the War on Drugs: Volume 1 & Volume 2, Nick Jacobellis, Senior Special Agent U.S. Customs Service (Ret.). 2018, www.badgepublishing.com. Volume 1, 328 pp. and Volume 2, 347 pp., $13.99 per volume. Within the pages of these two self-published volumes, the author provides a firsthand look at the interdiction by

Inspiring Innovation

Inspiring Innovation by LCDR Robert Crosby, USN is the first in what is intended to be The John A. van Buren Studies in Leadership and Ethics published by the Naval War College Press. 209 pp., $30.00 “The John A. van Buren studies was established to advance scholarship and publish thought-provoking works of analysis in the

The Shadow Tiger: Billy McDonald, Wingman to Chennault

The Shadow Tiger: Billy McDonald, Wingman to Chennault. by William C. McDonald, III and Barbara L. Evenson Shadow Tiger Press, Birmingham, Alabama, 2016. 313 pp. Ill.  $39.95 Special Hardback Edition, $24.95 Soft-Cover Edition. This new book is one of the most unusually conceived and designed books on any military aviation subject I have seen in

The Defenders of Taffy 3: Analysis and Retelling of the Battle of Leyte Gulf

The Defenders of Taffy 3: Analysis and Retelling of the Battle of Leyte Gulf by Byron G. Como. (2018.)   Reviewed by Charles H. Bogart   This print-on-demand paperback book is destined to be the benchmark against which all future accounts of the struggle of Taffy 3 to survive its encounter with the Japanese Navy

Soviet Destroyers of World War II

Osprey’s Soviet Destroyers of World War II (New Vanguard #256) by Alexander Hill; illustrated by Felipe Rodriguez Reviewed by Jeff Schultz   Alexander Hill’s Soviet Destroyers of World War II fills an important gap in the neglected story of the tragedy and triumph of Soviet naval operations in World War II. Hill’s background in Soviet

Island of the Blue Foxes

Island of the Blue Foxes: Disaster and Triumph on the World’s Greatest Scientific Expedition By Stephen R. Bown Reviewed by Charles C. Kolb, Independent Scholar Island of the Blue Foxes tells a gripping story that holds the reader’s attention while remaining a well-documented piece of nonfiction.  Bown tells the story of two Russian Arctic treks: the unsuccessful