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BOOK REVIEW – Invading America: The British Assault on the New World, 1497-1630

By David Childs, Seaforth Publishing, South Yorkshire, UK, (2012). Reviewed by Thomas Sheppard The arrival of British settlers in the so-called “New World” has been characterized at various times as a discovery, an encounter, or even a clash of civilizations. All these descriptions have merit, but David Childs contends that perhaps the century of English

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BOOK REVIEW – Captured: The Forgotten Men of Guam

By Roger Mansell, Edited by Linda Goetz Holmes, Naval Institute Press, 2012. Reviewed by Nathan Albright A labor of love for Roger Mansell that extended ten years, edited after his death by historian Linda Goetz (known for her writings on the POW experience in the Pacific War), this book stands as a harrowing tale of

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BOOK REVIEW – George Washington’s Military Genius

By Dave R. Palmer, Regnery Publishing, Washington, DC. (2012). Reviewed by Captain Roger F. Jones, U.S.Navy (Retired) This small book (only 230 pages of text) is a gem, in that it takes a brief premise which is developed simply, elegantly, and completely. One of the most enjoyable aspects is General Palmer’s masterly writing style, which

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BOOK REVIEW – John Barry: An American Hero in the Age of Sail

By Tim MacGrath, Westholme Publishing, Yardley, PA, (2010). Reviewed by Mark Lardas John Barry and John Paul Jones are the twin pillars underpinning the foundations of the United States Navy. Their naval careers created a heritage used by the Navy to the present. Jones’s life and exploits have inspired hundreds of books. Sadly, Barry’s appeal

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USS Sterett Flag From World War II Finds Its Way Home

We were contacted last month by the Commanding Officer of the destroyer USS Sterett (DDG 104) about an historic artifact that once belonged to the Naval Historical Foundation. Commander Stewart L. Bateshansky, USN, recently assumed command of the Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer, homeported in San Diego. He was shown a tattered 5 foot

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Call for Proposals: Sessions, Panels, Papers on Sea Literature, History, and Culture

National Popular Culture & American Culture Associations 2013 Conference pcaaca.org/conference/national.php March 27-30, 2013 Washington, DC Sessions are scheduled in 1½ hour slots, with four papers or speakers each. You may propose individual papers, special panels, or sessions organized around a theme. Possible sea-related topics include, but are not limited to: Film, art, music, and television