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BOOK REVIEW – The Royal Navy in the Age of Austerity 1919-22: Naval and Foreign Policy under Lloyd George

By G. H. Bennett, Bloomsbury, London, UK (2016) Reviewed by Joseph Moretz, Ph.D. Having successfully met the greatest threat to British maritime dominance since the Napoleonic era, the Royal Navy emerging victorious from the World War still faced an uncertain … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Ironclad: The Monitor and the Merrimac

By Arthur Mokin, Amazon Digital Services LLC, Original Publisher, Presidio Press, Novato CA, (1991) Reviewed by Robert P. Largess Searching “Monitor and Merrimac” on Amazon brought up twenty-five books of popular history or historical fiction, seventeen of which were in … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Nazi Saboteurs on the Bayou

By Steven Burgauer,  Battleground Press, Oxford, FL, (2016) Reviewed by John Bud Cunnally, Chief Electronics Technician Submarines, U.S. Navy (Retired) In 1941, the United States was in a “let’s stay out of the European and Asia Wars” mindset; Fortress America … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Battle Stars for the “Cactus Navy”: America’s Fishing Vessels and Yachts in World War II

By David D. Bruhn, Heritage Books, Inc., Berwyn Heights, MD (2014) Reviewed by Cdr. Larry Grant USN (Ret.) The title advertises David Bruhn’s Battle Stars as a history of the yachts and fishing boats commandeered by the U.S. Navy to … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – China’s Quest For Great Power: Ships, Oil, and Foreign Policy

By Bernard D. Cole, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD (2016) Reviewed by Nathan Albright China’s Quest for Great Power, the latest from Bernard D. Cole, is a combination of a high degree of knowledge about Chinese military and political strategy … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – The Fleet at Flood Tide: America at Total War in the Pacific, 1944-1945

By James D. Hornfischer, Bantam, New York, (2016) Reviewed by Rear Admiral W. J. Holland, Jr. USN (Retired) Hornfischer has done it again! Crafting a historical narrative that is a “page turner” featuring personalities and decisions as well as crisp … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – U.S. Navy Codebreakers, Linguists, and Intelligence Officers Against Japan 1910-1941: A Biographical Dictionary

By Captain Steven E. Maffeo, USNR, (Ret.), Rowan & Littlefield, Lanham, MD (2016) Reviewed by Michael F. Solecki Any leader worth his salt will tell you that the acquisition, interpretation, and proper dissemination of intelligence is arguably the most important … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Haze Grey and Underway: A Memoir of U.S. Navy Surface Operations in the Western Pacific Supporting the Vietnam War, 1965 to 1975 (Vols. 1 and 2)

By Capt. Barry Nelson Kaye USN (Ret.), Self-published, Miami, FL (2016) Reviewed by Charles H. Bogart Captain Kaye provides an excellent account on his service in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War in the first volume of his memoir. … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Silent and Unseen: On Patrol in Three Cold War Attack Submarines

By Alfred S. McLaren, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD (2015) Reviewed by Timothy S. Wolters, Ph.D. In the fall of 1964, USS Skipjack (SSN 585) participated in in anti-submarine warfare (ASW) exercises in the Atlantic Ocean. Skipjack’s engineer, Lt. Alfred … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – A History of the Royal Navy: The Seven Years War

By Martin Robson.  I.B. Tauris, London, (2016) Reviewed by John R. Satterfield, DBA Martin Robson, a lecturer in Strategic Studies at the University of Exeter, has written a fine book that summarizes the Royal Navy’s role in the Seven Years … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Gulf Security and the U.S. Military: Regime Survival and the Politics of Basing

By Geoffrey F. Gresh, Stanford Security Press, Stanford, CA (2015) Reviewed by Junyuan Rao To aid the understanding of the security of the Gulf region, Geoffrey F. Gresh published Gulf Security and the U.S. Military: Regime Survival and the Politics … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Playing War: Wargaming and U.S. Navy Preparations for World War II

By John M. Lillard, Potomac Books, An Imprint of the University of Nebraska Press, (2016) Reviewed by Phillip G. Pattee, Ph.D. John M. Lillard, Ph.D., the author of Playing War: Wargaming and U.S. Navy Preparations for World War II has … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Defenseless Under the Night: The Roosevelt Years and the Origins of Homeland Security

By Matthew Dallek, Oxford, New York, NY (2016) Reviewed by Capt. Jourden Travis Moger, CHC, USN Matthew Dallek tells the fascinating story of the rise and fall of the Office of Civilian Defense (OCD), America’s first federal office of homeland … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Steering to Freedom: From Slave to Civil War Hero

By Patrick Gabridge, Penmore Press, Tucson AZ, (2015) Reviewed by Robert P. Largess Robert Smalls was a black slave at the beginning of the long blockade and siege of Charleston during the Civil War. He was also a skilled waterman … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Hunters and Killers: Volume 2: Anti-Submarine Warfare from 1943

By Norman Polmar and Edward C. Whitman, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD (2016) Reviewed by Larry A. Grant Hunters and Killers, Volume 2: Anti-Submarine Warfare from 1943 is the second volume of a sweeping survey of submarine and antisubmarine warfare … Continue reading

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