BOOK REVIEW: The Great Expedition – Sir Francis Drake on the Spanish Main, 1585-86

By Angus Konstam, Osprey Publishing, Oxford, England, (2011). Reviewed by Charles Bogart For the past decade, Osprey Publishing has been producing high quality, well illustrated books on various military affairs. This book is part of their Raid Series and tells the story of Sir Francis Drake’s raid on Spanish possessions in the Caribbean Sea. With

BOOK REVIEW: Digesting History – The U.S. Naval War College, The Lessons of World War II, and the Future of Naval Warfare, 1945-47

By Hal M. Friedman, Naval War College Press, Newport, RI (2010). Reviewed by Thomas P. Ostrom Hal M. Friedman brings a scholarly background to his naval history writing: associate chair and professor of modern history at Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn, Michigan, and an MA and Ph.D. in political science and international relations. Dr.

BOOK REVIEW: Where Do We Get Such Men – The Story of One Such Man, Charles (Gil) Erb, CDR USN (Ret)

By Steven Craig Reynolds, Authorhouse, Bloomington IN (2009) Reviewed by David F. Winkler Whereas a recent blog story featured a Curt Marsh review of David Sears Such Men as These, it is timely to review what could be called a companion book by Steven Craig Reynolds that attempts to answer the question “Where do We

BOOK REVIEW: How Britain won the War of 1812 – The Royal Navy’s Blockades of the United States, 1812-1815

By Brian Arthur (Woodbridge, Boydell Press, 2011) Review by NHF Director, Dr. William Dudley (Note: this review and the author’s response originally appeared in Reviews in History. We thank them for allowing this republication.) Among the new books that have emerged coincident with the commemoration of the bicentennial of the War of 1812, Brian Arthur’s

BOOK REVIEW: How History’s Greatest Pirates Pillaged, Plundered, and Got Away with It – The Stories, Techniques, and Tactics of the Most Feared Sea Rovers from 1500-1800

By Benerson Little, Fair Winds Press, Beverly, MA (2011). Reviewed by Capt. Roger F. Jones, USN (Ret.) From the cover, one might be forgiven for thinking that Little’s book could be an “ode to piracy,” but after reading a few pages, it is clear that the author has something very different in mind.  He has

BOOK REVIEW: Such Men as These – The Story of the Navy Pilots who Flew the Deadly Skies over Korea

By David Sears, Da Capo Press, New York, 2010. Reviewed by Col. Curt Marsh, USMC (Ret.) The author, David Sears who is a former U.S. Navy officer and Vietnam War veteran with service aboard destroyers, has presented a well researched book that chronicles the important contribution of naval aviation to the Korean War effort.  Sears’

BOOK REVIEW: The Lady Gangster – A Sailor’s Memoir

By Del Staecker, Cable Publishing, Brule, WI, (2009). Reviewed by Charles H. Bogart The author is the son of Irvin H. Staecker who served on board the Lady Gangster from 1941 to 1945. The Lady Gangster was the crew’s name for USS Fuller (APA 6). The ship’s nickname developed from the fact that many of

BOOK REVIEW: The True Story of a Destroyer Sailor’s Life at Sea During World War II

By Jerome S. Welna, Heritage Books, Westminster, MD, (2009). Reviewed by J. Wandres Jerome S. Welna makes a heroic effort to tell The True Story of a Destroyer Sailor’s Life at Sea During World War II. The first 90 pages give a pocket peek at events causing and leading to World War II. Welna relies

BOOK REVIEWS: Two Books on U.S. Fast Battleships, Reviewed by Norman Polmar

U.S. Fast Battleships 1936-47: The North Carolina and South Dakota Classes U.S. Fast Battleships 1938-1991: The Iowa Class By Lawrence Burr, Osprey Publishing, Leeds (UK) (2010).   Reviewed by Norman Polmar With hundreds of books having been written about battleships, the question must be asked: Can these two slim monographs make a contribution to the

BOOK REVIEW: Passport Not Required – U.S. Volunteers in the Royal Navy, 1939-1941

By Eric Dietrich-Berryman, Charlotte Hammond, and R. E. White, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD (2010) Reviewed by Captain Roger F. Jones, U.S. Navy (Retired) This book describes how twenty-two relatively unknown Americans initially fought beside the British by serving in the Royal Navy during the early years of World War II.  During this period, the

BOOK REVIEW: Manila and Santiago – The New Steel Navy in the Spanish-American War

by Jim Leeke, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD (2009). Reviewed by JJ Ahern Theodore Roosevelt referred to the Spanish-American War as a “splendid little war.” It is the shortest declared war in United States history – lasting only four months – and catapulted the nation to colonial power with the acquisition of territories in the

BOOK REVIEW: To Train the Fleet for War – The U.S. Navy Fleet Problems, 1923-1940

by Albert A. Nofi, Naval War College Press. Newport, RI (2010) Reviewed by Corbin Williamson Albert Nofi’s To Train the Fleet for War: The U.S. Navy Fleet Problems, 1923-1940 adds to the growing literature on the interwar United States Navy with a discussion of the organization and course of fleet problems. Nofi is an accomplished

BOOK REVIEW: Journey to Command – The Naval Career of Captain J.C. Smith

by Carol Smith, www.booksurge.com, Charleston, SC, (2009) 186 pp. Reviewed by Charles H. Bogart While this book focuses on the naval career of Captain John C. Smith U.S. Navy, the book is more than just a biography. Written by his wife Carol, using material gathered from her husband, the book, as written, is autobiographical in

BOOK REVIEW: Project AZORIAN – the CIA and the Raising of the K-129

by Norman Polmar and Michael White. Naval Institute Press, 2010. 173 pp. Reviewed by Captain James B. Bryant, U.S. Navy (Retired) The year 1968 was bad for submarines.  In January the Israelis and the French lost their diesel-electric powered submarines Dakar and Minerve at sea with all hands and a submerged grounding badly damaged the

BOOK REVIEW: Warriors and Wizards – The Development and Defeat of Radio Controlled Glide Bombs of the Third Reich

by Martin J. Bollinger, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD (2010), 269 pp Reviewed by Captain Roger F. Jones, U.S. Navy (Retired) This is a very interesting and superbly written book about German glide bombs, a relatively little-known weapon used against the Allied Navies in the Mediterranean and the littoral Atlantic waters of Europe during August