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 G. E. Beyer, U.S. Navy (Ret.)
A collection of stories and tales about a WWII era and Cold War participant destroyer that served the US Navy from 1945 until 1980. While she was one of many, the tales told about this ship are unique and told by the officers and sailors that served on her.
Mr. Beyer is also the author of Tin Can: An Incomplete History of the USS Fiske. He served aboard the Fiske from 1960-1963 and retired from the Navy in 1980. He resides in Sandpoint, Idaho. "My time aboard the Fiske was what made me decide to make a career of the Navy. The Med Cruises and our prolonged stay off the coast of Cuba in '62 are memory highlights in my Navy career. She was a great old lady, crewed by some of the best I ever served with."
Ordering Info: Amazon
by James D. Hornfischer
The extraordinary story of the World War II air, land, and sea campaign that brought the U.S. Navy to the apex of its strength and marked the rise of the United States as a global superpower. Drawing on new primary sources and personal accounts by Americans and Japanese alike, here is a thrilling narrative of the climactic end stage of the Pacific War, focusing on the U.S. invasion of the Mariana Islands in June 1944 and the momentous events that it triggered. With its thunderous assault into Japan's inner defensive perimeter, America crossed the threshold of total war. From the seaborne invasion of Saipan to the stunning aerial battles of the Great Marianas Turkey Shoot, to the largest banzai attack of the war and the strategic bombing effort that led to Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Marianas became the fulcrum of the drive to compel Tokyo to surrender with consequences that forever changed modern war.
James D. Hornfischer is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Neptune's Inferno, Ship of Ghosts, and The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors, winner of the Samuel Eliot Morison Award.
Publisher: Bantam, 2016
by Dennis Koller
Winner 2017 Silver Medal, Mystery/Thriller, Military Writers Society of America
"I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith . . . So help me God."
A lifetime ago, two young Naval aviators took that Oath. Both were shot down over North Vietnam and together endured years of brutal torture as prisoners of war in the infamous Hanoi Hilton. Four decades later, one is a San Francisco Homicide Inspector. The other has decided it’s payback time and has begun killing selected Americans who went to North Vietnam to aid the enemy's cause. The Oath, that once made them brothers-in-arms, now threatens to destroy their lives.
"An exciting and well written story with a plot that could have been a real life biography, or dream, of many Vietnam Veterans during and since Jane Fonda’s visit to Hanoi." LCDR Richard Pariseau, USN (Ret.) USNA ’60, PhD
Publisher: Pen Books, 2016
by William S. Dudley with J. Scott Harmon
This book is both a history of the major events of the naval war and a catalog of the remarkable exhibit now (4/20/2013) on display at the Naval Academy’s Mahan Hall. The exhibit combines the Naval Academy’s extraordinary trove of War of 1812 art and artifacts and William I. Koch’s unique personal collection of art and artifacts pertaining to the career of Captain James Lawrence whom Koch claims as an ancestor. Dr. William S. Dudley, a former Director of Naval History, wrote the text with Dr. J. Scott Harmon, former Director of the Naval Academy Museum, who collaborated as curator of the exhibit which will be on display at Mahan Hall until November 2013. The book displays beautifully reproduced images of portraits, weapons, documents, maps, track charts, and ship models from the combined collections.
Publisher: The Donning Company Publishers, Virginia Beach, VA, 2013
by Vance H. Morrison, Bruce Swanson, Don H. McDowell and Nancy Norton Tomasko
This biography recounts the extraordinary life of I. V. Gillis, both as an officer in the U. S. Navy from 1994 to 1919 and as a collector of rare Chinese books. The book provides rare insight into little known aspects of the Spanish-American War, the Russo-Japanese War, and the enormous changes in China from 2011 until 1948. CDR Gillis, a Naval Academy graduate, commanded several U. S. Navy ships, was the first U. S. Naval Attaché in China, and remained in China until his death, marrying a Chinese princess and collecting books now housed at Princeton University’s East Asian Library. The original author, CDR Bruce Swanson, was unable to complete the book before his death in 2007 and asked Captain Vance Morrison, a former U. S. Naval Attaché in China himself, to finish and publish the book.
Publisher: Naval Institute Press, 2012
Ordering Info: Amazon
by Zsolt Stockinger
"From February 2005 to March 2006, Navy trauma surgeon Zsolt T. Stockinger served on a forward operating base in Iraq's Sunni Triangle, where he treated more than a thousand casualties and performed hundreds of surgeries. Throughout his deployment, he penned his more introspective thoughts and frustrations about his experiences in a journal that he occasionally sent to his wife as a way to stay connected. Stockinger's diary comprises a compendium of daily military life in Iraq from a surgeon's perspective, from the intense action of rocket attacks and emergency procedures to the creative and often lighthearted ways soldiers fill tedious stretches of down time. Illustrated with more than 50 photographs, this work provides a realistic portrait of life on base and a powerful perspective on the human carnage of war."
Publisher: McFarland and Co., 2012
Ordering Info: Amazon or other on-line bookstores
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