Category Archives: Book Reviews


Review – From Playing Field to Battlefield

From Playing Field to Battlefield: Great Athletes Who Served in World War II By Rob Newell 2006, Naval Institute Press, <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags” />Annapolis, MD 192 pages ISBN: 1-59114-620-8 List Price: $29.95 <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office” />    For some young Americans in the prime of their lives, […]

Book Review: The Battle for Leyte, 1944: Allied and Japanese Plans, Preparations, and Execution

In his book, The Battle for Leyte, 1944, Allied and Japanese Plans, Preparations, and Execution, published by the Naval Institute Press, Milan Vego details the decision of who did what, how decsions were reached and what information was available to make those decsions. Its a book about planning and execution, and more specifically about all the elements that lead up to a particlar execution and result.

Review – John Paul Jones: America’s First Sea Warrior

John Paul Jones’ victory changed course of a new nation <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office” />  John Paul Jones: <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags” />America’s First Sea Warrior By Joseph Callo Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD ISBN:  1-59114-102-8 $29.95 252 pages.   Reviewed by Edward Lundquist   Of course you know […]

Book Review: The Naval Institute Guide to World Naval Weapon Systems – Fifth Edition

As the world of naval warfare transforms, one book stands out in telling us how that world is changing. Norman Friedman’s compendium, the Naval Institute’s Guide to World Naval Weapon Systems, is much more than statistical data listing weapons, sensors and systems. It tells us about the critical relationships between components to make systems; how systems create networks; and what that means for the navy that employs them. And it does all that in a way that is very readable and understandable.

Review: No Higher Honor – Saving the USS Samuel B. Roberts in the Persian Gulf

This could happen to you Saving a ship is serious business <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office” />  “As darkness was falling, the ship was sinking, it was on fire, it had lost electrical power, it was dead in the water, alone in a minefield, forty miles off the coast of a hostile Iran, […]

Book Review: The Achille Lauro Hijacking – Lessons in the Politics and Prejudice of Terrorism

Michael K. Bohn’s The Achille Lauro Hijacking; Lessons in the Politics and Prejudice of Terrorism, is an accurate historical account of a forceful drama that held the world (including me) spellbound for several days in 1985.

Book Review – Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet

Ships and Aircraft of the <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags” />U.S. Fleet Eighteenth Edition by Norman Polmar U.S. Naval Institute (www.usni.org) <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office” />     Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet, offered by the U.S. Naval Institute, is an essential reference book for any military, naval or […]

Review – Dangerous Waters: Modern Piracy and Terror on the High Seas

Pirates often find their prey to be easy pickings These stories about Pirates are Fact, not Fiction <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office” />  Dangerous Waters Modern Piracy and Terror on the High Seas John S. Burnett Dutton <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags” />New York, New York   Reviewed By Captain E.H. […]

Picture this: The Army’s Fleet – A review of Sail Army by Stephen Harding

Picture this:  The Army’s Fleet <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office” />  Sail Army A Pictorial Guide to Current <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags” /><?xml:namespace prefix = u1 />U.S. Army Watercraft By Stephen Harding Pictorial Histories Publishing Company Missoula, Montana Reviewed by Edward Lundquist   On a cold day in 1776, General […]

Review – Combat Fleets of the World

Detailed Data for world’s warships <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office” />  The Naval Institute Guide to Combat Fleets of the World 2005-2006 Their Ships, Aircraft and Systems By Eric Wertheim   The Naval Institute Guide to Combat Fleets of the World” is an authoritative and thorough compendium about warships, aircraft and auxiliaries that […]