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 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
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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.
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
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