Archive for the 'Books' Category

Dec 15

Some new titles at the Navy Department Library

Wednesday, December 15, 2010 2:17 PM


Come visit us at the Washington Navy Yard to check out these and many more books! Allah’s angels : Chechen women in war / by Paul J. Murphy An Army at the crossroads / by Andrew F. Krepinevich Attitudes aren’t free : thinking deeply about diversity in the US armed forces / [edited by] James E. Parco, David A. Levy The Battle of North Cape : the death ride of the Scharnhorst, 1943 / by Angus Konstam The Brusilov offensive / by Timothy C. Dowling Central Greece and the politics of power in the fourth century BC / by John… Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 3

Navy Ace Bill Davis and The Last Ship

Friday, December 3, 2010 8:48 AM


Naval History Blog is pleased to present a guest post by author Doug Keeney about his friend Bill Davis: In October of 1944, a young Navy lieutenant nosed over his F6F Hellcat and began a dive towards a Japanese aircraft carrier below. “I screamed down on the carrier which now completely filled my gunsights,” the pilot wrote in his memoir Sinking The Rising Sun. “I rested my finger on the bomb release button. I kept going.” And go he did. U.S. Navy fighter pilot William E. “Bill” Davis had no idea of it then but he was just seconds from taking… Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 22

Cordon of Steel, The U.S. Navy and the Cuban Missile Crisis

Friday, October 22, 2010 12:01 AM


“In the fall of 1962, the United States and the Soviet Union came as close as they ever would to global war.” So begins the monograph published by the Naval History & Heritage Command “Cordon of Steel, The U.S. Navy and the Cuban Missile Crisis” by Curtis A. Utz. First printed in 1993, this booklet was a yearlong effort by Utz to chronicle the Navy’s role in the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. Because this historic event was a dramatic example of how the U.S. Navy enabled the nation to protect its interests in one of the most serous confrontations… Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 16

Around the World With the Great White Fleet

Saturday, October 16, 2010 12:01 AM


Over at Government Book Talk Blog, there is a nice review of one of our books: Around the World With the Great White Fleet.  Government Book Talk writes, “…This handsome volume, subtitled “Honoring 100 Years of Global Partnerships and Security” commemorates the centennial of the voyage of Teddy Roosevelt’s U.S. Great White Fleet around the world. I was a bit chagrined to learn, despite my having read a book about U.S. sea power a couple of years ago, that the ostensible cause of the cruise was a war scare with Japan that died down almost immediately – that had totally… Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 3

Some New Titles from the the Navy Department Library

Friday, September 3, 2010 12:01 AM


Interested in reading any of these books? Come visit the Navy Department Library at the Washington Navy Yard.  America in Vietnam : the war that couldn’t be won / by Herbert Y. Schandler America’s captives : treatment of POWs from the Revolutionary War to the War on Terror / by Paul J. Springer The blocking of Zeebrugge : Operation Z.O. 1918 / by Stephen Prince Blood on the snow : the Carpathian winter war of 1915 / by Graydon A. Tunstall British aircraft carriers 1939-45 / by Angus Konstam ; illustrated by Tony Bryan The Cambridge companion to the Roman historians… Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 28

Remembering Operation Red Wings

Monday, June 28, 2010 12:35 PM


From Seal of Honor: “On 28 June 2005, Navy Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy led a four man special reconnaissance SEAL team consisting of Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class Danny Dietz, Sonar Technician 2nd Class Matthew Axelson and Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Marcus Luttrell to locate Ahmad Shah, a notorious Taliban leader in the remote Hindu Kush Mountains of eastern Afghanistan. After an initial infiltration to begin Operation Red Wings, local goat herders stumbled upon the team’s hiding place. Unable to verify any hostile intent from the herders, Murphy ordered them released. Shortly after the herders left, the team was surrounded by… Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 25

The United States Navy and the Korean War by Dr. Edward J. Marolda

Friday, June 25, 2010 12:05 AM


60 years ago today, North Korea invaded South Korea. Our very own Dr. Edward J. Marolda, author of The United States Navy and the Korean War, discusses on Naval History Blog the U.S. Navy’s role in the Korean War: What inspired you to first produce booklets commemorating the Korean War and then later compiling them into The U.S. Navy and the Korean War? One of my primary objectives during my time at Naval Historical Center (now Naval History and Heritage Command) was to stimulate interest in the vital history of the U.S. Navy in the Cold War era. As head of the Contemporary… Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 2

New Additions to the Navy Department Library

Wednesday, June 2, 2010 10:04 AM


Last week 230 volumes of nautical accident investigation reports from the National Transportation Safety Board were donated to the Navy Department Library. These reports detail the incidents and investigations into marine accidents for the period 1979-2006. Several of the reports focus on accidents involving US Navy vessels and other vessels. These reports detail such incidents as the sinking of small passenger vessels to groundings of large transport ships, to include the May 1989 grounding of the Exxon Valdez. The in-depth reports cover crew information, meteorological information, rescue efforts, and the testing and research done to investigate the incidents. These reports… Read the rest of this entry »

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