Rome Rules the Waves: A Naval Staff Appreciation of Ancient Rome’s Maritime Strategy 300 BCE – 500 CE

Reviewed by Tyler Robinson In the decades since he worked as a consultant at the Historical Evaluation Research Organization under the esteemed military historian and theorist Colonel Trevor Dupuy (author of The Encyclopedia of Military History), James Bloom has contributed hundreds of shorter works to journals, encyclopedias, and books focused on ancient, maritime, and military

Hitler’s Attack U-Boats: The Kreigsmarine’s WW II Submarine Strike Force

Reviewed by Charles C. Kolb, Ph.D. During World War II,  Hamburg, Germany’s second  largest city – an industrial center with oil refineries, extensive shipyards, and U-boat pens — endured  115 British  Royal Air Force strategic bombing raids (1939-1945), one of which in July 1943, code named  Operation Gomorrah, created a huge firestorm  killing an estimated

A Marine Artist’s Portfolio: The Nautical Paintings of Susanne Fournais.

Reviewed by Ingo Heidbrink. While marine painting was a fairly common artistic genre up to the 19th and early 20th century, ships of the second half of the 20th and the early decades of the 21st century only rarely caught the attention of professional artists, and the profession of the marine painter needs to be

Warship Builders: An Industrial History of U.S. Naval Shipbuilding, 1922-1945

Reviewed by Charles C. Kolb, Ph.D. There has been a deluge of new books and recent articles focusing on American wartime shipbuilding, 1939-1945, witness Evan Mawdsley’s The War for the Seas: A Maritime History of World War II (New Haven, CT and London: Yale University Press, 2019) and Jamie McGrath ‘s  “Peacetime Naval Rearmament, 1933-39:

China as a Twenty First Century Naval Power

Reviewed by Admiral Walter F. Doran, USN (Ret.) Rear Admiral Michael McDevitt draws on his thirty-four year Naval career and a decades long involvement with National Security issues within the Department of Defense and with the Center for Naval Analysis to produce a timely and well written book. He chronicles  the evolution of the PLA

The Naval Historical Foundation Welcomes Admiral James G. “Jamie” Foggo, USN (Ret.) To its Board of Directors

At a December 8th meeting of the NHF Board of Directors, the nominating committee submitted recently retired Admiral James Foggo as a candidate for the Board of Directors. The Board voted unanimously to welcome him on board. Per the foundation’s by-laws, Admiral Foggo’s nomination will be affirmed by the membership at the annual meeting of

God and Sea Power: The Influence of Religion on Alfred Thayer Mahan

Reviewed by ENS Sean Bland, USNR (Chaplain Candidate) I first encountered Alfred Thayer Mahan as an undergraduate student in Professor Paul Kennedy’s “Military History of the West Since 1500” course at Yale. Mahan was studied in-depth and championed as the premier naval historian and strategist of the modern world. Mahan’s personal, religious convictions were, unsurprisingly,

Pearl Harbor Tactical Studies Series

Reviewed by Dr. Charles C. Kolb, Ph.D. This innovative series of well-researched, highly-illustrated hardcover volumes provides detailed combat narratives of the 7 December 1941 Japanese attacks on United States military bases in Hawaii which would, within days, lead to American declarations of war against Axis powers and entry into both the Pacific and European Theaters