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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 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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BOOK REVIEW – I Will Hold: The Story of USMC Legend Clifton B. Cates, From Belleau Wood to Victory in the Great War

James Carl Nelson, I Will Hold: The Story of USMC Legend Clifton B. Cates, From Belleau Wood to Victory in the Great War. New York: Caliber, 2016. 340 pp. Review By Captain Kevin M. Boyce, USMC United States Naval Academy … Continue reading

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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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