Life Member Presents Paper at ICMH in China

Dr. Edward J. Marolda, a life member of the Naval Historical Foundation, participated in the annual Congress of the International Commission of Military History (ICMH) held in Beijing, China, during the first week of September. The theme of the conference, hosted by the Chinese Commission of Military History, was World War II and the Development

BOOK REVIEW – Fire On The Water: China, America, and the Future of the Pacific

By Robert Haddick, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD (2014) Reviewed by Nathan Albright This book is one of several (including the essay collection Rebalancing U.S. Forces) books published this year by the Naval Institute Press that encourages a greater awareness, interest, and focus on the serious strategic problems China presents to the security and well

BOOK REVIEW – Rebalancing U.S. Forces: Basing and Forward Presence in the Asia-Pacific

Edited By Carnes Lord and Andrew S. Erickson, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD (2014) Reviewed by Nathan Albright For those readers who have an interest in reading the plans of the U.S. Navy in addressing the complicated concerns of logistics, tactical and strategic concerns, and funding issues for operations in the Asia-Pacific region, as well

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Holloway Book on Aircraft Carriers Published in China

Admiral James L. Holloway, III, USN (Retired) served as President and later Chairman of the Naval Historical Foundation for 28 years. The retired Chief of Naval Operations is currently our Chairman Emeritus, and still drops in to say hello from time to time. This morning, we received new copies of his book, Aircraft Carriers at

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BOOK REVIEW – Lost Colony: The Untold Story of China’s First Great Victory Over the West

By Tonio Andrade, Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, (2011). Reviewed by STCM James C. Bussert, U.S. Navy (Retired) The Chinese naval and land military defeats versus all foreign powers, including Japan, Russia, Britain and France from 1886 to 1947, are well known. What is not well known is the Chinese defeat of Dutch forces over

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BOOK REVIEW – The Rice Paddy Navy: U.S. Sailors Undercover in China

By Linda Kush, Osprey Publishing, (2012) Reviewed by David Kronenfeld The Rice Paddy Navy relates the unique story of the Sino-American Cooperation Organization (SACO), an intelligence and special operations unit of the US Navy in China during World War II. Author Linda Kush has expended significant research in the writing of her first book length

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BOOK REVIEW – A Plain Sailorman in China: The Life and Times of Cdr. I. V. Gillis, USN, 1875-1948

By Bruce Swanson with Vance H. Morrison, Don H. McDowell, and Nancy N. Tomasko, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD. (2012) Reviewed by Diana L. Ahmad, Ph.D. A Plain Sailorman in China by Bruce Swanson discussed the life of I. V. Gillis, part of a multigenerational Navy family, who became the first United States naval attaché

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BOOK REVIEW: Yangtze River Gunboats 1900-49

By Angus Konstam, Illustrated by Tony Bryan, Osprey Publishing, Oxford, UK (2011) Reviewed by Captain Roger F. Jones, USN (Ret) This small gem is one of Osprey’s comprehensive series of books on military history, units, and warriors. Despite the date in the book’s title, the history of western nations’ gunboats patrolling the Yangtze River goes

BOOK REVIEW: The Great Wall at Sea, Second Edition – China’s Navy in the Twenty-First Century

By Bernard D. Cole, Naval Institute Press, 2010. Reviewed by Dr. David F. Winkler On the banner on the U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings reads “The Independent Forum of the Sea Services.” This certainly can be said of the Naval Institute Press which offers titles that can educate and influence policy makers. One example is my