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BOOK REVIEW: The US Navy and the War in Europe

By Robert C. Stern, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD: (2012) Reviewed by Richard P. Hallion, Ph.D. The vast scope, momentous operations, and drama inherent in the Pacific War—think Midway, Guadalcanal, the return to the Philippines, and Okinawa, for just a few examples—have always dominated the narrative of the U.S. Navy’s contribution to the Allied victory

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BOOK REVIEW: Talking about Naval History – A Collection of Essays

By John Hattendorf, Naval War College Press, 2011 Reviewed by Corbin Williamson Talking about Naval History is a collection of twenty essays and articles written by John Hattendorf, the Ernest King Professor of Maritime History at the Naval War College. Written between 2001 and 2009, these pieces complement the previous published collection of Hattendorf’s work,

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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

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BOOK REVIEW: Horatio Nelson

Angus Konstam, Osprey Publishing, (2011), 63 pages. Reviewed by Rear Admiral William J. Holland, Jr., USN, (Ret.) Angus Konstam’s description of Nelson’s advancement easily identifies why he was protected by his seniors and promoted by the Admiralty. He fought and won! Nevertheless this biography is too short to fully describe Nelson’s very complex personality. The

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Call for Papers: Naval Expertise and the Making of the Modern World

May 10-11 2013 Wolfson College, University of Oxford This conference examines the generation of expertise in naval contexts and trace how such developments helped shape the modern world. Expertise will be considered not only as knowledge but also as methods and practices central to the evolution of modern nation-states and empires. In the search for

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BOOK REVIEW: Potomac Fever, A Memoir of Politics and Public Service

By J. William Middendorf II, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD (2011), 213 pages. Reviewed by Captain Roger F. Jones, USN (Ret) J. William Middendorf II was an undergraduate at Harvard when World War II began; he soon signed up for the Navy V-12 program and then shifted to NROTC (which took him to Holy Cross).

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Call for Papers: 2013 McMullen Naval History Symposium

The History Department of the United States Naval Academy invites proposals for papers to be presented at its 2013 McMullen Naval History Symposium in Annapolis, Maryland, on 19-20 September 2013. The 2011 symposium was extremely successful, with over 250 in attendance, and over 125 papers presented. Proposals dealing with any aspect of naval and maritime

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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

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Group Hoping to Obtain Carrier ex-USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) Looking for Help of Veterans

The Rhode Island Aviation Hall of Fame is working to bring the decommissioned aircraft carrier ex-USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) to Rhode Island. The group hopes to open the carrier (the last non-nuclear carrier to be commissioned by the United States) as a museum and educational center on Narragansett Bay. At this early stage

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BOOK REVIEW: Pilot Error – A Naval Aviator’s Career – WWII Black Cats to Korean War PBYs to Annapolis Professor

By Capt. Vadym V. Utgoff., NRA Associates, Annapolis, MD. (2006). Reviewed by Charles Bogart This is the story of one man’s love affair with flying. We follow the author’s path from growing up as the child of an immigrant Russian naval officer; entrance into the Naval Academy; winning his naval wings; service in PBYs in