Category Archives: Book Review

BOOK REVIEW – Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War that Changed American History

Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger, Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War that Changed American History. New York: Sentinel, 2015. 238 pp. Review by Caitlin M. Gale, PhD Trinity College, Oxford Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates is … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – The Last Big Gun: At War and at Sea with HMS Belfast

Brian Lavery, The Last Big Gun: At War and at Sea with HMS Belfast. Oxford: Pool of London Press, 2015. 352 pp. Review by Joseph Moretz, PhD British Commission for Military History Readers of this forum familiar with London doubtless … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – The Second Pearl Harbor: The West Loch Disaster, May 21, 1944

Gene Salecker, The Second Pearl Harbor: The West Loch Disaster, May 21, 1944. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2014. 296 pp. Review by CPT Andrew Ziebell, USAResearch Assistant, National War College The Second Pearl Harbor is Gene Salecker’s commendable effort … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – 21st Century Ellis: Operational and Strategic Prophecy for the Modern Era

B.A. Friedman, ed. 21st Century Ellis: Operational and Strategic Prophecy for the Modern Era. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2015. 151 pp. Review by Brigadier Generals’ Julian “Dale” Alford and Austin “Sparky” Renforth, USMC It is often said that it is … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – American Naval History, 1607-1865: Overcoming the Colonial Legacy

Jonathan R. Dull, American Naval History, 1607-1865: Overcoming the Colonial Legacy. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2012. 194 pp. Review by Howard J. Fuller, PhD University of Wolverhampton This is one of the newest works from historian Johnathan R. Dull, carrying … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – My Incredible Journey: From Cadet to Command

Peter Dingemans, My Incredible Journey: From Cadet to Command. Studley: Brewin, 2013.  224 pp. Review by Chuck Steele, PhD United States Air Force Academy As the title suggests, My Incredible Journey is an autobiography detailing the career of Rear Admiral … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Fabled Fifteen: The Pacific War Saga of Carrier Air Group 15

Thomas McKelvey Cleaver, Fabled Fifteen: The Pacific War Saga of Carrier Air Group 15. Philadelphia: Casemate, 2014. 240 pp. Review by LCDR Ethan Williams, USN United States Air Force Academy The 1944 combat performance of the U.S. Navy’s Carrier Air … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – The Royal Navy: A History Since 1900

Duncan Redford and Philip D. Grove, The Royal Navy: A History Since 1900. London: I. B. Tauris, 2014. 363 pp. Review by Joseph Moretz, PhD British Commission for Military History Writing a single-volume history of the navy which can claim … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – The Sea and Civilization. A Maritime History of the World

Lincoln Paine, The Sea and Civilization.  A Maritime History of the World.  New York:  Alfred A. Knopf, 2013. 784 pp. Review by Kenneth J. Blume, PhD Dept. of Humanities and Communication Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Lincoln Paine … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Into the Dark Water: The Story of Three Officers and PT-109

John Domagalski, Into the Dark Water: The Story of Three Officers and PT-109. Philadelphia: Casemate, 2014. 280 pp. Review by CPT Andrew Ziebell, USA Into the Dark Water is purportedly about PT-109 and the three officers, including John F. Kennedy, … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Privateers of the Americas: Spanish American Privateering from the United States in the Early Republic

David Head, Privateers of the Americas: Spanish American Privateering from the United States in the Early Republic. Athens, GA: The University of Georgia Press, 2015. 201 pp. Review by Benjamin Armstrong King’s College, London The wars of the early American … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Black Sheep: The Life of Pappy Boyington

John F. Wukovits, Black Sheep: The Life of Pappy Boyington. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2013. 250 pp. Review by 2nd Lieutenant Jordan K.K. Bolster Research Assistant USAF Academy Pappy Boyington, the Marine Ace-of-Aces who earned his fame in World War II … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Empire, Technology and Seapower: Royal Navy crisis in the age of Palmerston

Howard J. Fuller, Empire, Technology and Seapower: Royal Navy crisis in the age of Palmerston. New York: Routledge, 2013. 297 pp. Review by Joseph Moretz, PhD British Commission for Military History Reassessment of the past invariably means reassessment of the … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – The Challenges of Command: The Royal Navy’s Executive Branch Officers, 1880-1919

Robert L. Davison. The Challenges of Command: The Royal Navy’s Executive Branch Officers, 1880-1919. Surrey: Ashgate, 2011. 288 pp. Review by Joseph Moretz, PhD British Commission for Military History  The Challenges of Command surveys the executive branch officer corps of … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – 21st Century Mahan: Sound Military Conclusions for the Modern Era

Benjamin F. Armstrong, Editor, 21st Century Mahan:  Sound Military Conclusions for the Modern Era.  Annapolis:  Naval Institute Press, 2013. Notes, 179 pp. Review by John J. Abbatiello, PhD Monument, Colorado 1914 was a momentous year for naval affairs.  One hundred … Continue reading

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