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Uncommon Warriors: 200 Years of the Most Unusual American Naval Vessels
Thursday, 28 November 2013 16:31

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Author: Ken W. Sayers
Publisher: The Naval Institute Press

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The conventional image of navies, particularly large ones like the United States Navy is one of rigid, hide bound conservatism. Navies have little appetite for major innovation.

This book shows very clearly that beneath that very conservative skin the United States Navy has in fact a very long history of often quite radical innovation.


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The Aden Effect: A Connor Stark Novel
Tuesday, 26 November 2013 16:26

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Author: Claude Berube
Publisher: The Naval Institute Press

From Baird Maritime

We do not normally review novels here but given this one was published by the Naval Institute Press which is the former employer and, arguably, the incubator of Tom Clancy, it was decided to make an exception here.

Berube has excellent credentials for the creation of a very readable novel. He teaches at the US Naval Academy, is a former Office of Naval Intelligence operative and has deployed to the Persian Gulf as a Navy Reserve officer.


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To Crown The Waves: The Great Navies of the First World War
Friday, 22 November 2013 14:42

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Edited by: Vincent P. O’Hara, W. David Dickson and Richard Worth
Publisher: The Naval Institute Press

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A century later and with all the participants long dead it is hard to imagine the immensity and contemporary naval importance of World War One.

This excellent book is unusual in that it comprises contributions from nationals of six of the nations, or their predecessors, that were involved. This has ensured an unusual depth of first language research. All of this is presented in a useful, logical, standardised format.


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Spanish Gold: Captain Woodes Rogers & the True Story of the Pirates of the Caribbean
Tuesday, 19 November 2013 14:36

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Author: David Cordingly
Publisher: Bloomsberry

From Baird Maritime

David Cordingly is a first rate writer and historian – he makes history fascinating. His “Cochrane the Dauntless” is a classic.

Not quite as good but still excellent, this telling of a captivating story is both enjoyable and educational.


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Lessons From The Hanoi Hilton: Six Characteristics of High Performance Teams
Friday, 15 November 2013 14:31

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Authors: Peter Fretwell and Taylor Baldwin Kiland
Publisher: The Naval Institute Press

From Baird Maritime

Some sixteen years after the end of the Vietnam War your reviewer was driven past the “Hanoi Hilton” which was more properly known as the Hoa Lo Prison in Hanoi.

This followed a visit to the Army Museum as the guest of a local friend, a former officer in the Army of North Vietnam. While having heard a lot about the prison, I was far more moved by the museum.

Prisons are meant to be forbidding, escape proof places of punishment. Hoa Lo was no different. However, they can also be character building and have other positive effects. This is particularly the case in prisons of war.

It is well known that the survivors of the Axis prison camps in World War Two emerged as tougher, more resilient, more capable people than they generally were before. Much the same happened to the Americans who were incarcerated in Hoa Lo.

This very interesting book draws on their experience and analyses, very effectively, how the lessons learnt there can be usefully applied to modern military and corporate life.

Ordering information:

The Naval Institute Press
Annapolis, USA
Web: www.nip.org

 

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