Pearl: The 7th of December 1941

Reviewed by Charles C. Kolb, Ph.D.  The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor is one of the most written about military events in the history of the United States. For example, WorldCat lists 11,700 items in various formats, among these, as of February 2021, are 8,821 books and e-books, 2,604,articles and book chapters, and 1,759 videos

Encyclopedia of Armed Forces Football: The Complete History of the Glory Years

Reviewed by LCDR Brian Hayes, USNR In 2017, New York Times sports reporter Victor Mather wrote an article entitled “The Best College Football Team You’ve Probably Never Heard Of.” He was referring to Iowa Pre-Flight, one of dozens of armed forces football programs that competed against collegiate teams (and each other) during the world wars and

Touring the Antebellum South with an English Opera Company: Anton Reiff’s Riverboat Travel Journal

Reviewed by Charles H. Bogart Anyone who has studied the United States’ Antebellum period has, during the course of one’s reading, encountered snippets or lengthy excerpts from the Diary of Anton Reiff. Until now, if you wanted to read Reiff’s complete diary, you had to travel to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and make arrangements to visit

The Boats of Cherbourg: The Navy That Stole Its Own Boats and Revolutionized Naval Warfare

Reviewed by Jeff Schultz Abraham Rabinovich’s The Boats of Cherbourg: The Navy That Stole Its Own Boats and Revolutionized Naval Warfare takes the reader on a rollicking ride through an early Cold War techno-thriller which does not disappoint. A mixture of diplomacy, desperation, rank skullduggery, and above all clever statecraft; this timely nonfiction account sheds

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

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

Normandy 1944: German Military Organization, Combat Power and Organizational Effectiveness

Reviewed by Col Jody Owens. The Allied forces began Operation Overlord on June 6, 1944. The battle continued until late August with the escape of German forces through the Falaise Gap. This roughly three-month clash became one of military history’s most famous battles. In the 76 years since the pitched battle occurred, countless historians, military

From the Sea to C Suite: Lessons Learned from the Bridge to the Corner Office

Reviewed by LTC Trey Guy, USA. From the Sea to C Suite: Lessons Learned from the Bridge to the Corner Office is the first book from Cutler Dawson, a retired Navy Vice Admiral and former Navy Federal Credit Union (NFCU) CEO. His co-author, Taylor Kiland, has authored, co-authored, ghost-written, or edited a number of military