Target, Hiroshima: Witnesses to the Dawn of the Nuclear Age

By Kyle Nappi Sporting a brown jacket and a light checkered dress shirt, the bespectacled grey-haired gentleman shuffled several books and photos while seated in his electric wheelchair. Then sixteen years old, I approached the fellow Buckeye State resident who, at ninety-one years of age, spoke rather succinctly but with the trademark gruff of a

Fighting the Great War at Sea: Strategy, Tactics and Technology

Reviewed by Joseph Moretz, PhD. Members of this forum will know and appreciate the many previous offerings of Dr. Norman Friedman in the field of naval technology and strategy. With several serving as standard reference works, readers of Friedman are invariably treated to a reasoned discourse anchored in primary research that never fails to inform.

Lincoln Takes Command: The Campaign to Seize Norfolk and the Destruction of the CSS Virginia

Reviewed by John Grady. If it’s a clear day and you stand on Fort Monroe’s  ramparts,  you can see the edge of the “carrier piers” at the Norfolk Naval Station.  There, a few miles away across Hampton Roads, are usually two of the nation’s largest warships — either ready for deployment or just returned. If

The Battle of Leyte Gulf at 75: A Retrospective

Reviewed by Ed Calouro. LCDR Thomas J. Cutler, USN (Ret.) is perhaps the leading authority on the Battle of Leyte Gulf.  He has been reading, analyzing, and writing about this epic encounter for many decades.  In 1994, to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary, he authored The Battle of Leyte Gulf, 23-26 October 1944.            During his

Second Saturday Webinar – The Mustin Family and the Navy Reserve: A Thirteen Decade Legacy

On the occasion of Vice Admiral John Mustin’s promotion and assumption of Command of the Navy Reserve, the Naval Historical Foundation is pleased to host another ‘Second Saturday’ Webinar at 11:00am (EDT) August 8:  “The Mustin Family and the Navy Reserve: A Thirteen Decade Legacy” This webinar will feature dueling authors with NHF’s Dave Winkler

Images of War: MacArthur’s Papua New Guinea Offensive 1942-1943

Review By Lynne Marie Marx A kidney specialist and author, Jon Diamond penned Images of War: MacArthur’s Papua New Guinea Offensive 1942-1943, and he has had several military history books published, such as Stilwell and the Chindits, War in the South Pacific, and The Rhine River Valley Crossing.  His love of history and collection of

From Sun Tzu to Hyperwar – A Strategic Encyclopaedia

Reviewed by Chuck Steele, PhD. Lars Wedin, an accomplished author on strategic studies and retired surface warfare officer of the Royal Swedish Navy, has composed a noteworthy encyclopedia of military thought and strategy that, in some regards, might also be considered a series of personal meditations on those subjects. Citing heightening tensions between great powers

U.S. Marines in Afghanistan, 2010-2014: Anthology and Annotated Bibliography

Reviewed by LTC Victor O. McGee, USA. In October 2014, NATO and the U.S ended combat operations in Afghanistan; however the insurgency reformed and malign forces again were mounting stronger insurrections. Marines redeployed to Afghanistan to continue training Afghan Soldiers and Police Forces to counter act the rebellion. This 6-part collection of 21 commentaries and

Second Saturday – Horatio Hornblower vs Jack Aubrey Webinar

The Naval Historical Foundation’s new monthly Naval history program featuring presenters and topics you will want to make time for! Following in the wake of the Annual Meeting’s Leighton Lecture, “Hollywood and History in the Battle of the Atlantic,” (link to youtube site) we were heartened not only by Dr. Craig Symonds’ quality presentation, but

2020 Teachers of Distinction and National History Day

By CAPT Jim Noone, USNR (Ret.) Seven middle and high school teachers from five states were recognized as winners of the Naval Historical Foundation’s (NHF) “Teacher of Distinction” award at the National History Day (NHD) virtual awards recognition announcements on Saturday, June 20.  It was the third consecutive year for NHF’s Teacher of Distinction awards,

They Were Soldiers: The Sacrifices and Contributions of Our Vietnam Veterans

Reviewed by Captain William H. Peerenboom, USN (Ret.) Many Americans, perhaps including the authors, look back on the Viet Nam war as a misguided and mis managed effort. Not only that, these Americans believe that the disdain for the war  caused those who fought there – ordinary soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen to suffer loss

The Battalion Artist: A Navy Seabee’s Sketchbook of War in the South Pacific, 1943–1945

Reviewed by CAPT Charles “Herb” Gilliland, USN (Ret.) For any artist—perhaps for any human being–life and art are inseparable. That was certainly the case for Natale (“Nat”) Bellantoni. This strikingly attractive book filled with fine watercolors offers his story as a young artist serving in the 78th Naval Construction Battalion in World War II. Two