The Defenders of Taffy 3: Analysis and Retelling of the Battle of Leyte Gulf

The Defenders of Taffy 3: Analysis and Retelling of the Battle of Leyte Gulf by Byron G. Como. (2018.)   Reviewed by Charles H. Bogart   This print-on-demand paperback book is destined to be the benchmark against which all future accounts of the struggle of Taffy 3 to survive its encounter with the Japanese Navy

Soviet Destroyers of World War II

Osprey’s Soviet Destroyers of World War II (New Vanguard #256) by Alexander Hill; illustrated by Felipe Rodriguez Reviewed by Jeff Schultz   Alexander Hill’s Soviet Destroyers of World War II fills an important gap in the neglected story of the tragedy and triumph of Soviet naval operations in World War II. Hill’s background in Soviet

Island of the Blue Foxes

Island of the Blue Foxes: Disaster and Triumph on the World’s Greatest Scientific Expedition By Stephen R. Bown Reviewed by Charles C. Kolb, Independent Scholar Island of the Blue Foxes tells a gripping story that holds the reader’s attention while remaining a well-documented piece of nonfiction.  Bown tells the story of two Russian Arctic treks: the unsuccessful

US Navy F-4 Phantom II Units of the Vietnam War 1969 – 1973

Davies, Peter E. US Navy F-4 Phantom II Units of the Vietnam War 1969-1973. Osprey Publishing, UK. 2018. 96 pages. Ill. $23. Peter Davies has written many Osprey books, including quite a few dealing with the F-4 in Vietnam. This new book, no. 125 in Osprey’s Combat Aircraft series, continuing the story from No. 116

British Destroyers 1939-45: Wartime-built Classes

British Destroyers 1939-45: Wartime-built classes (New Vanguard #253) By Angus Konstam, Osprey, New York (2017).   Reviewed by Jeffrey Schultz   Angus Konstam, a naval historian and a prolific Osprey titles author, pens his second in the British destroyer series which follows up the earlier British Destroyers 1939-45: Pre-war Classes (New Vanguard #246). This work

U-Boats Off Bermuda: Patrol Summaries and Merchant Ship Survivors Landed in Bermuda 1940-1944

U-Boats Off Bermuda: Patrol Summaries and Merchant Ship Survivors Landed in Bermuda 1940-1944 By Eric Wiberg, Fonthill Media, Charleston, SC: (2017).   Reviewed by Timothy Heck   Eric Wiberg’s U-Boats Off Bermuda recounts a story of the western side of the War in the Atlantic.  With much of the scholarship focused on the combatants, and

Crucible of a Generation: How the Attack on Pearl Harbor Transformed America

Crucible of a Generation: How the Attack on Pearl Harbor Transformed America. By J. Kenneth Brody, Routledge, New York, (2017).   Reviewed by Charles C. Kolb, Ph.D., Independent Scholar   “All I know is what I read in the papers.” Will Rogers (Brody 2017:vi).  This is an often mentioned quote (with variations) cited by author

BOOK REVIEW – Incidents at Sea: American Confrontations and Cooperation with Russia and China, 1945 – 2016

Incidents at Sea: American Confrontations and Cooperation with Russia and China 1945-2016 by David F. Winkler, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD (2017).   Reviewed by Charles Bogart   The Cold War was exceptionally “cold” on land, as there were very few confrontations between Soviet and American ground forces along the land border between NATO and

BOOK REVIEW – In the Shadow of Greatness: The Voices of Leadership, Sacrifice, and Service from American’s Longest War

 In the Shadow of Greatness: The Voices of Leadership, Sacrifice, and Service from America’s Longest War By Joshua Welle, John Ennis, Katherine Kranz, and Graham Plaster, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD. (2012).   Reviewed by Capt. Lee Duckworth, USN (Ret.)   In the Shadow of Greatness:  Voices of Leadership, Sacrifice, and Service from America’s Longest

BOOK REVIEW – The Strategy of Victory: How George Washington Won the American Revolution

The Strategy of Victory: How George Washington Won the American Revolution   By Thomas Fleming. Da Capo Press, New York. (2017). Reviewed by David Curtis Skaggs, PhD   Few topics in American history have received more attention than the War for Independence and George Washington’s role in it. Into this crowded field Thomas Fleming (1927-2017) brings

BOOK REVIEW – Female Tars: Women Aboard Ship in the Age of Sail

Female Tars: Women Aboard Ship in the Age of Sail By Suzanne J. Stark, Naval Institute Press Annapolis, Md. (2017). Reviewed by Joseph-James Ahern   Female Tars: Women Aboard Ship in the Age of Sail is a reprint of the late Suzanne Stark’s 1996 study of women who went to sea aboard Royal Navy warships