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BOOK REVIEW – 21st Century Sims: Innovation, Education, and Leadership for the Modern Era

Benjamin F. Armstrong, 21st Century Sims: Innovation, Education, and Leadership for the Modern Era. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2015. 162 pp. Review By Joseph Moretz, PhD British Commission for Military History Arguably, Admiral William Sims achieved greatness and professional success … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Australian Submarines: A History

The following review appears courtesy of the Australian Naval Institute (ANI). It originally appeared 1 May 2016 in the review section of its online journal HERE. Michael White, Australian Submarines: A History, Second edition. St Kilda West: Australian Teachers of … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – 21st Century Knox: Influence, Sea Power, and History for the Modern Era

David Kohnen, ed., 21st Century Knox: Influence, Sea Power, and History for the Modern Era. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2016. 161 pp. Review by, Joseph Moretz, PhD British Commission for Military History Historians are not usually feted by a biography, … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – China as a Sea Power 1127-1368

Lo Jung-pang, Edited and with Commentary by Bruce A. Elleman, China as a Sea Power 1127-1368: A Preliminary Survey of the Maritime Expansion and Naval Exploits of the Chinese People During the Southern Song and Yuan Periods. Singapore: National University … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Storm Over Leyte: The Philippine Invasion and the Destruction of the Japanese Navy

John Prados, Storm Over Leyte: The Philippine Invasion and the Destruction of the Japanese Navy. New York: NAL Caliber, 2016. 400 pp. Review By Lt. Col. Courtney Short USA, PhD Department of History, United States Air Force Academy   In … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Very Special Intelligence: The Story of the Admiralty’s Operational Intelligence Centre 1939-1945

Patrick Beesly, Very Special Intelligence: The Story of the Admiralty’s Operational Intelligence Centre 1939-1945. Barnsley: Seaforth, 2015. 328 pp.  Review by Charles C. Kolb Independent Scholar (National Endowment for the Humanities, Ret.) In June 1939, just before the outbreak of … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – A History of the Royal Navy: World War I

Mike Farquharson-Roberts, A History of the Royal Navy: World War I. London: I.B. Taurus, 2014.  236 pp. Review byJohn Abbatiello, PhD Rocky Mountain Military Affairs Society This is a delightful overview of the Royal Navy’s wartime experience during the First … Continue reading

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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 – 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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