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BOOK REVIEW – Admiral Gorshkov – The Man Who Challenged the U.S. Navy

Norman Polmar and Thomas A. Brooks, Admiral Gorshkov, The Man Who Challenged U.S.Navy. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2019. 264 pp. Reviewed by Hans Christian BjergDenmark Naval Historian Today, probably very few are familiar with the armament and the dominant role … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – War in the American Pacific and East Asia, 1941-1972

Hal M. Friedman, ed. War in the American Pacific and East Asia, 1941-1972. Lexington KY: University Press of Kentucky, 2018. 264 pp.  Review by John M. Jennings, PhDUnited States Air Force Academy War in the American Pacific and East Asia, … Continue reading

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

Winkler, David F., Incidents at Sea: American Confrontations and Cooperation with Russia and China, 1945-2016. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 2017. 320 pp.  Review by LT Anthony Rush, USN  Senior Instructor, Department of History, USAF Academy  In Incidents at Sea: … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Towards a Wider War: British Strategic Decision-Making and Military Effectiveness in Scandinavia, 1939-1940

Joseph Moretz, Towards a Wider War: British Strategic Decision-Making and Military Effectiveness in Scandinavia, 1939-1940. West Midlands, UK: Helion & Company, 2017. 593 pp. Review by Capt Jason Naaktgeboren, Instructor, Department of History, USAF Academy In Towards a Wider War: … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Victory at Midway: The Battle that Changed the Course of World War II

James M. D’Angelo, Victory at Midway: The Battle that Changed the Course of World War II. Jefferson NC: McFarland & Co., 2018. Pp. v-vii & 198. Review by Galen Roger Perras, PhD Associate Professor of History, University of Ottawa Do … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – In All Respects Ready: Australia’s Navy in World War One

David Stevens, In All Respects Ready: Australia’s Navy in World War One. Victoria: Oxford University Press, 2014. 378 pp. Review by Chuck Steele, PhD International Journal of Naval History If one is looking for a comprehensive history of the Royal … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Nemesis: The First Iron Warship and Her World

Adrian G. Marshall, Nemesis: The First Iron Warship and Her World. Singapore: National University of Singapore Press, 2016. 325 pp. Review by John M. Jennings, PhD Norwich University Although the Nemesis was not really the “first iron warship” as the … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Thinking Wisely, Planning Boldly: The Higher Education and Training of Royal Navy Officers, 1919-39

Joseph Moretz, Thinking Wisely, Planning Boldly: The Higher Education and Training of Royal Navy Officers, 1919-39. West Midlands, UK: Helion & Company, 2014. 528 pp. Review by CDR Benjamin Armstrong, PhD United States Naval Academy The years following the Great … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Defensive Positions: The Politics of Maritime Security in Tokugawa Japan

Noell Wilson, Defensive Positions: The Politics of Maritime Security in Tokugawa Japan. Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press, 2015. 244 pp. Review by John M. Jennings, PhD United States Air Force Academy Conventional wisdom among historians had long held that throughout … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Letters of Seamen in the Wars with France 1793-1815

Helen Watt and Anne Hawkins, eds. Letters of Seamen in the Wars with France 1793-1815. Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 2014. 668 pp. Reviewed by Lisa Vandenbossche, PhD Candidate Department of English, University of Rochester Recent trends in contemporary criticism to recapture … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – The Sea in History

Christian Buchet, editor.  The Sea in History.  Suffolk, UK: Martlesham, Boydell & Brewer, Inc., 2017.  3424 pp (4 volumes, tables, maps; scholarly notes; bibliographies; photographs and line illustrations) Review By Dr. Timothy D. Walker Professor of History; University of Massachusetts … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – The U.S. Navy: A Concise History

Craig L. Symonds, The U.S. Navy: A Concise History. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016. 136 pp. Review by Jason W. Smith, PhD Southern Connecticut State University It is often a pleasure to read short books, and Craig Symonds’ The … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – The Silent Deep: The Royal Navy Submarine Service since 1945

Peter Hennessy and James Jinks, The Silent Deep. The Royal Navy Submarine Service since 1945. London: Allen Lane, 2015. xxxvii + 823 pp. Review by Sarandis Papadopoulos, Ph.D. Arlington, Virginia Submarines are the most beguiling aspect of the maritime Cold … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Naval Families, War and Duty in Britain, 1740-1820

Ellen Gill, Naval Families, War and Duty in Britain, 1740-1820. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 2016. 278 pp. Review by Joseph Moretz, PhD British Commission for Military History They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Where Divers Dare: The Hunt for the Last U-Boat

Randall Peffer, Where Divers Dare: The Hunt for the Last U-Boat. New York: Dutton Caliber, 2016. 320 pp. Review by Nicolas Russell, 2Lt United States Air Force  Where Divers Dare is an fascinating read for those interested in either World … Continue reading

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