Books & Videos
One of the primary purposes of NOUS is to encourage research and writing on naval and maritime subjects. Annually, NOUS gives the Samuel Eliot Morison Award for Naval Literature to the author of a published book of particular merit. The 2017 winner is Iron Dawn: The Monitor, the Merrimack, and the Civil War Sea Battle that Changed History by Richard Snow. Email us for more information at NYC.NOUS@NavalOrder.org
by Anthony Piscitelli
The Marine Corps Way of War: The Evolution of the U.S. Marine Corps from Attrition to Maneuver Warfare in the Post-Vietnam Era examines the evolving doctrine, weapons, and capability of the United States Marine Corps during the four decades since our last great conflict in Asia. As author Anthony Piscitelli demonstrates, the USMC has maintained its position as the nation's foremost striking force while shifting its thrust from a reliance upon attrition to a return to maneuver warfare. Piscitelli methodically explains the evolution by using traditional and first-person accounts by the prime movers of this paradigm shift.
In Indochina, for example, the Marines not only held territory but engaged in now-legendary confrontational battles at Hue and Khe Sanh. As a percentage of those engaged, the Marines suffered higher casualties than any other branch of the service. In the post-Vietnam assessment, however, the USMC absorbed Sun Tzu's aspects of Asian warfare and returned to its historical DNA in fighting "small wars" to evolve a superior alternative to the battlefield.
The institutionalization of maneuver philosophy began with the Marine Corps' educational system, analyzing the actual battlespace of warfare-be it humanitarian assistance, regular set-piece battles, or irregular guerrilla war-and the role that the leadership cadre of the Marine Corps played in this evolutionary transition from attrition to maneuver. This change has sometimes been incorrectly portrayed (including by the Congressional Military Reform Caucus) as a disruptive or forced evolution. Analysis from former commandants of the Marine Corps to junior officers on the ground in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere demonstrate otherwise. The ability of the Marines to impact the battlefield-and help achieve our strategic goals-has only increased during the post-Cold War era.
Throughout The Marine Corps Way of War, the voices of the Marines themselves, in action or through analysis, describe how "the few, the proud" will continue to be America's cutting-edge force in the future as we move through the 21st Century. This new work is must-reading for not only every Marine, but for everyone interested in the evolution of the world's finest military force.
Publisher: Savas Beatie, 2017
by Ken Brown
The "Second Happy Time" was the informal name given to the phase of the battle of the Atlantic when German U-boats attacked both merchant and U.S. naval vessels along America's east coast. With tankers burning and petrol rationing in New York City, the U.S. Navy seemed powerless to stop the deprivations of Hitler's marauding U-boats.
Ken Brown seeks to explain how the United States responded to these deadly assaults and looks at the steps that the Navy Department took to train the men, harness the scientists, and make the organizational changes that were required to defeat the German threat.
Publisher: Naval Institute Press, 2017
by William L. McGee
On 7 August 1942, eight months to the day after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. 1st Marine Division landed on the islands of Tulagi and Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands. Thus was the beginning of the bloody and brutal six month Battle for Guadalcanal. For those who were there, Guadalcanal was not only a name, it was an emotion… recalling desperate fights in the air, furious naval battles during the night, frantic work at supply or construction, savage fighting in the sodden jungle, and nights broken by screaming bombs and deafening explosions of naval shells.
Under one cover, WWII military historian William L. McGee details all the campaigns fought in the Southern, Central and Northern Solomons—from Guadalcanal to Bougainville—and then summarizes the valuable lessons learned from these bloody battles.
“There is enough gripping drama, heroism, and heartbreak in McGee’s almost encyclopedic The Solomons Campaigns to supply Hollywood with material for a century.” –Marine Corps League Magazine
“A World War II navy veteran and prolific author, McGee has written the second of a three-volume set that will form a definitive account of naval, sea, and land operations in the South Pacific.” –Library Journal
William L. McGee's (1925–) writing career has spanned six decades. He has written 22 books, including five World War II military histories. Pacific Express: The Critical Role of Military Logistics in World War II is on the Marine Corps Commandant’s Professional Reading List as required reading on Logistics. For a complete list of books by the author, visit www.WilliamMcGeeBooks.com.
Publisher: BMC Publications, 2001
Ordering Info: Amazon
by Rick Campbell
On a routine patrol, USS Kentucky, a Trident ballistic missile submarine carrying a full complement of nuclear warheads, receives a launch order. What Kentucky's crew doesn't know is that the order did not come from the U.S. government but from a rogue intelligence group - one with operatives secretly embedded within Western intelligence organizations who are intent on using Kentucky to carry out a devastating agenda.
Iran has completed its first nuclear weapon and, in ten days, will detonate it. The target is Israel. The rogue operatives penetrate the safeguards and send the submarine a nuclear launch order, which will destroy Iran before Iran can destroy Israel. The U.S. government quickly detects the launch order, but Kentucky does not respond to the termination order, and time is running out... Now it's up to a senior Navy officer - whose own son is aboard Kentucky - to find, intercept, and neutralize the submarine before it unleashes a nuclear attack. As the conspiracy slowly unfolds and the deception grows ever deeper, it's up to one man to somehow do the impossible: Save millions of lives - and the fate of the world itself.
Publisher: Macmillan / St. Martin's Press, 2014
Ordering Info: Amazon or wherever you buy your books (hardcover, paperback, eBook, and audiobook)
by John Rodgaard, Robert Moore
This is a ship biography of one of the 67 V & W Class destroyers built at the end of the Great War and scrapped at the end of World War II. After freezing in the forgotten war in the Baltic in 1919, Venomous spent the 1920s in the Mediterranean. She was in the front line when the German blitzkrieg swept across Europe and the V & Ws made high speed dashes across the Channel to bring troops (and civilians) back from Calais, Boulogne and Dunkirk.
Venomous and her sister ships escorted the Atlantic convoys which kept Britain fed and the Arctic convoys which supplied our Russian allies with the weapons to stop the German advance. She took part in Operation Pedestal which saved Malta and, as the allies prepared for the landings in North Africa, was ordered to escort the destroyer depot ship, HMS Hecla, to the invasion beaches. When Hecla was torpedoed off the coast of Morocco, Venomous fought the attacking U-Boat and rescued 500 survivors.
Venomous escorted convoys along the coast of north Africa including the first through convoy from Gibraltar to Alexandria and the invasion force to Sicily, Operation Husky. In October 1943 she returned to Britain and was converted to an Air Target ship for training Barracuda Torpedo Bomber aircrew based at Douglas in the Isle of Man. She was nearly lost in a hurricane off the east coast of Scotland before being sent to Kristiansand in Norway to accept the surrender of German naval forces.
This third revised edition contains dozens of photographs taken by the ship's company; most have never been seen before.
Publisher: Holywell House Publishing, UK, 2017
Ordering Info: Amazon, or directly from the author.
by Bob Stockton, Chief Petty Officer, USN (Ret.)
Many things may be said about Bob Stockton, but one of them can never be that he doesn't have a copious imagination. Throughout the pages of Fighting Bob, Stockton takes the reader on a nonstop, action-packed literary thrill ride rife with danger, suspense, and the all-too-familiar machinations of political intrigue.
Led by his great-great-great grandfather, Commodore "Fighting Bob", Stockton embarks on a daunting quest that takes him everywhere from the front lines of the War Of 1812 to the throes of battle with Barbary Pirates - all in the midst of an hallucinogenic, drug-induced state.
Readers should not be fooled, though: Fighting Bob features a host of eye-opening true-life accounts, highlighting the very real events that played a pivotal role in the birth and subsequent evolution of our very own United States. As such, Stockton's epic narrative paints a vivid, compelling picture of living, breathing history at it realest - and most raw. An enjoyable, adventure-laden read.
Reviewed by US History Files, 2012.
Publisher: AuthorHouse, 2011
Ordering Info: Amazon or contact the author for payment and shipping information.
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