American Naval History: A Very Short Introduction

American Naval History: A Very Short Introduction By Craig Symonds, Oxford University Press, UK (2018).   Reviewed by Warrant Officer Darien J. Garland, USMC   Craig L. Symonds delivers a fast-paced narrative covering the history of change and advancements in the United States Navy. American Naval History: A Very Short Introduction gives the reader a broad

In the Warlords’ Shadow: Special Operations Forces, the Afghans, and Their Fight Against the Taliban

  In the Warlords’ Shadow: Special Operations Forces, the Afghans, and Their Fight Against the Taliban. By Daniel R. Green, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD. (2017). Reviewed by 1stLt Walker D. Mills, USMC   In his new book In the Warlords’ Shadow, Daniel Green describes the success of Village Stability Operations (VSO) and the Afghan

Striking Power: How Cyber, Robots, and Space Weapons Change the Rules of Law

Striking Power: How Cyber, Robots, and Space Weapons Change the Rules of Law By Jeremy Rabkin, John Yoo,: Encounter Books, New York, NY. (2017).   Reviewed by John Grady   Striking Power: How Cyber, Robots, and Space Weapons Change the Rules of Law is a thought-provoking and disturbing book. It fits well into the manner

Blue versus Purple: The U.S. Naval War College, the Soviet Union, and the New Enemy in the Pacific, 1946

Blue versus Purple: The U.S. Naval War College, the Soviet Union, and the New Enemy in the Pacific, 1946. By Hal Friedman, Naval War College Press, Newport, RI. 2017.   Reviewed by Corbin Williamson, Ph.D.   Hal Friedman likes trilogies.[1] His first three books (the American Lake series) examined the strategic, political, and administrative history

British Destroyers 1939-45: Wartime-built Classes

British Destroyers 1939-45: Wartime-built classes (New Vanguard #253) By Angus Konstam, Osprey, New York (2017).   Reviewed by Jeffrey Schultz   Angus Konstam, a naval historian and a prolific Osprey titles author, pens his second in the British destroyer series which follows up the earlier British Destroyers 1939-45: Pre-war Classes (New Vanguard #246). This work

U-Boats Off Bermuda: Patrol Summaries and Merchant Ship Survivors Landed in Bermuda 1940-1944

U-Boats Off Bermuda: Patrol Summaries and Merchant Ship Survivors Landed in Bermuda 1940-1944 By Eric Wiberg, Fonthill Media, Charleston, SC: (2017).   Reviewed by Timothy Heck   Eric Wiberg’s U-Boats Off Bermuda recounts a story of the western side of the War in the Atlantic.  With much of the scholarship focused on the combatants, and

Crucible of a Generation: How the Attack on Pearl Harbor Transformed America

Crucible of a Generation: How the Attack on Pearl Harbor Transformed America. By J. Kenneth Brody, Routledge, New York, (2017).   Reviewed by Charles C. Kolb, Ph.D., Independent Scholar   “All I know is what I read in the papers.” Will Rogers (Brody 2017:vi).  This is an often mentioned quote (with variations) cited by author

BOOK REVIEW – Incidents at Sea: American Confrontations and Cooperation with Russia and China, 1945 – 2016

Incidents at Sea: American Confrontations and Cooperation with Russia and China 1945-2016 by David F. Winkler, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD (2017).   Reviewed by Charles Bogart   The Cold War was exceptionally “cold” on land, as there were very few confrontations between Soviet and American ground forces along the land border between NATO and

BOOK REVIEW – In the Shadow of Greatness: The Voices of Leadership, Sacrifice, and Service from American’s Longest War

 In the Shadow of Greatness: The Voices of Leadership, Sacrifice, and Service from America’s Longest War By Joshua Welle, John Ennis, Katherine Kranz, and Graham Plaster, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD. (2012).   Reviewed by Capt. Lee Duckworth, USN (Ret.)   In the Shadow of Greatness:  Voices of Leadership, Sacrifice, and Service from America’s Longest

BOOK REVIEW – The Strategy of Victory: How George Washington Won the American Revolution

The Strategy of Victory: How George Washington Won the American Revolution   By Thomas Fleming. Da Capo Press, New York. (2017). Reviewed by David Curtis Skaggs, PhD   Few topics in American history have received more attention than the War for Independence and George Washington’s role in it. Into this crowded field Thomas Fleming (1927-2017) brings

BOOK REVIEW – Female Tars: Women Aboard Ship in the Age of Sail

Female Tars: Women Aboard Ship in the Age of Sail By Suzanne J. Stark, Naval Institute Press Annapolis, Md. (2017). Reviewed by Joseph-James Ahern   Female Tars: Women Aboard Ship in the Age of Sail is a reprint of the late Suzanne Stark’s 1996 study of women who went to sea aboard Royal Navy warships

BOOK REVIEW – Neglected Skies: The Demise of British Naval Power in the Far East, 1922-42

Neglected Skies: The Demise of British Naval Power in the Far East, 1922-42 Angus Britts. Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD (2017). Reviewed by Joseph Moretz, Ph D   Of the many years of fiscal stringency preceding the Second World War, Admiral Sir Herbert Richmond observed that a ‘two-ocean empire cannot be defended by a one-ocean

BOOK REVIEW – Defensive Positions: The Politics of Maritime Security in Tokugawa Japan

By Noell Wilson, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA (2015) Review by John M. Jennings, PhD Conventional wisdom among historians had long held that throughout most of the Tokugawa Period (1603-1868), Japan pursued a policy of self-imposed isolation from the outside world. Japanese historians even coined a term, sakoku, or “closed country,” to describe this paradigm.

BOOK REVIEW – Naval Families, War and Duty in Britain, 1740-1820

By Ellen Gill, The Boydell Press, Woodbridge, VA (2016) Reviewed by Joseph Moretz, PhD They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters may have been men in King George’s Navy, but they were not all bachelors. Those left behind—often for years at a time—did more than keep the

BOOK REVIEW – I Will Hold: The Story of USMC Legend Clifton B. Cates, From Belleau Wood to Victory in the Great War

By James Carl Nelson, Caliber, New York, NY (2016) Reviewed by Captain Kevin M. Boyce, USMC The annals of American military history reveal a breadth of scholarly writings, encompassing the stories of countless heroes of war and the battles in which they fought.  These legends are often remembered for acts of heroism that imbue the