The Fleet at Flood Tide: America at Total War in the Pacific, 1944-1945
The Fleet at Flood Tide: America at Total War in the Pacific, 1944-1945

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.

Email: jh@hornfischerlit.com
Publisher: Bantam, 2016

Ordering Info: Amazon, and can be ordered online at book website jameshornfischer.com

The Oath
The Oath

by Dennis Koller

Received the 2016 BAIPA Book Award for Fiction from the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association

"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

Email: denniskollerauthor@gmail.com
Publisher: Pen Books, 2016

Ordering Info: AmazonBarnes & Noble,  and can be ordered online at book website www.denniskoller.com 

The Naval War of 1812: America’s Second War of Independence
The Naval War of 1812: America’s Second War of Independence

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.

Email: billdudley@starband.net

Publisher: The Donning Company Publishers, Virginia Beach, VA, 2013

Ordering Info: www.navyonline.com    Amazon

A Plain Sailorman in China: The Life and Times of Cdr. I. V. Gillis, USN, 1875-1948
A Plain Sailorman in China: The Life and Times of Cdr. I. V. Gillis, USN, 1875-1948

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

Fragments from Iraq: Diary of a Navy Trauma Surgeon
Fragments from Iraq: Diary of a Navy Trauma Surgeon

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."

Author: ztstockinger@gmail.com  

Publisher: McFarland and Co., 2012

Ordering Info: Amazon or other on-line bookstores

¡El Capitán! The Making of an American Naval Officer
¡El Capitán! The Making of an American Naval Officer

by John Frank Gamboa, Captain, U.S. Navy (Ret.)

¡El Capitán! The Making of an American Naval Officer, is a remembrance my midshipman life at the U.S. Naval Academy and my service in the Navy’s naval surface warfare profession. A brief family sketch provides an ethnic and cultural context and my Mexican-immigrant parents’ pursuit of the American Dream in Owens Valley, California, where my six siblings and I were born and raised. The book portrays how I overcame educational, financial, ethnic and cultural barriers to enter the academy in July 1954, graduate in June 1958 and was commissioned a Navy Line Ensign. It describes my professional development of leadership, seamanship, surface warfare, technical and management skills in ranks from ensign to captain while serving in shipboard billets ranging from division officer to commanding officer and then squadron commander. The setting is primarily at sea—over 17 years of operational service during the Cold War aboard destroyers, a cruiser and six amphibious ships with extended forward deployments in the Sixth Fleet operating in the Mediterranean Sea, Indian Ocean and the Persian Gulf, and in the Pacific Ocean Far East with the Seventh Fleet. My sea command focus was amphibious warfare. The memoir highlights my performance as the first Mexican-American naval surface warfare officer in the history of the U.S. Navy to command a major warship as a commander, another major warship as a captain and a squadron of seven amphibious warships as a captain. The epilogue includes a synthesis of what worked for me as a successful warship captain—my values, beliefs and lessons learned. John McCain, one of my three Naval Academy roommates, provided a foreword.

Email: frank.gamboa@cox.net www.frankgamboa.com

Publisher: Fortis Publishing, 2011

Ordering Info: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and can be ordered on line at book website www.frankgamboa.com

A Hard Fought Ship: The Story of HMS Venomous
A Hard Fought Ship: The Story of HMS Venomous

by John Rodgaard, Robert Moore

HMS Venomous was a destroyer of the V & W Class, the most advanced in the world when built and arguably the most successful ever. Sixty-nine ships were built at the end of the Great War. By the end of World War II all had been sunk or scrapped but during those thirty years thousands of men served on them. This is possibly the most detailed study yet of the contribution made by a typical “old warrior” of this class to winning the war with end notes and citations plus a list of all its officers from 1919-46 and a list of known ratings. It begins with a comparative survey of the world’s destroyers in 1919 and ends with a list of all the V & Ws giving date of construction and ultimate fate. The story of HMS Venomous is told by its officers and crew and illustrated with their unique photographs taken in the heat of the action plus paintings, drawings and maps. In the prestigious Naval Review of August 2010, CDR Alastair Wilson, RN Ret wrote, " I would rate this as being up in the same class as ‘The Cruel Sea’ for a picture of small ship life in World War 2."

Email: john_rodgaard@yahoo.com

Publisher: Holywell Publishing, United Kingdom, 2010

Ordering Info: Amazon, or directly from the author. See www.holywellhousepublishing.co.uk

One Hundred Years of U.S. Navy Air Power
One Hundred Years of U.S. Navy Air Power

by Douglas V. Smith, Ph.D.

Published to coincide with the Centennial Celebration of U.S. Naval Aviation, this book details the history of U.S. Navy Aviation from its earliest days, before the Navy’s first aircraft carrier joined the Fleet, through the modern jet era marked by the introduction of the F-18 Hornet. It tells how Naval Aviation got its start, profiles its pioneers, and explains the early bureaucracy that fostered and sometimes inhibited its growth. The book then turns to the refinement of carrier aviation doctrine and tactics and the rapid development of aircraft and carriers, highlighting the transition from propeller-driven aircraft to swept-wing jets in the period after World War II. Land-based Navy aircraft, rotary-wing aircraft, rigid airships and balloons are also considered in this sweeping tribute. Foreword by Navy Lieutenant George Herbert Walker Bush, 43rd President of the United States, who fought gallantly wearing the Navy Wings of Gold in the Pacific in World War II.

Email: dvpj@cox.net

Publisher: U.S. Naval Institute Press, 2010

Ordering Info: Naval Institute Press, Barnes & Noble, any bookstore chain branch, Amazon

Passport not required: U.S. Volunteers in the Royal Navy 1939-1941
Passport not required: U.S. Volunteers in the Royal Navy 1939-1941

by Eric Dietrich-Berryman, Charlotte Hammond, R. E. White

This is the untold story of twenty-two U.S. citizens who came to fight for England by volunteering for the Royal Navy before America entered the war. They were commissioned between September 10, 1939 and November 10, 1941. Most of the men were sent for training to the Royal Naval College, Greenwich thus initiating what was to become the famous " over here" phenomenon as the two different cultures learnt to adapt to each other's ways. The faculty recognized the arrival of the first three men with a commemorative plaque placed in the floor of Painted Hall on June 15, 1941. Mindful of the possible legal consequences, since foreign military service is against U.S. law and can result in loss of citizenship, the names were omitted from the plaque. The search for their identity began over 30 years ago. Additional names were added as they became known, along with details of their lives and military service. What makes this tale compelling is that the men actually made a significant impact on the war effort. Showing up was just the start. Some achieved remarkable accomplishments. This is the story of who they were, what they did and why, and what become of them.

 Email: berryman2@earthlink.net

Publisher: Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, 2010

Ordering Info: Amazon, Naval Institute Press, any bookstore chain branch

Maritime Maryland: A History
Maritime Maryland: A History

by William S. Dudley

A rich, nuanced history of Maryland’s waterways which reveals how human enterprise has affected and been affected by Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. Commencing with a summary of the colonial era, this book traces activities on the water from the Revolutionary War and Maryland’s State Navy to the War of 1812, and the Civil War, as well as the growth of Baltimore through by virtue of wealth gained from privateering, and the expansion of trade to the Far East. The author places bay commerce, shipbuilding, steamboats, oystering, crabbing, and fishing in their proper context. With the industrialization of the maritime industries, changes accelerated, causing the decline of working sail, the rise of recreational boating, the proliferation of marinas, and the spread of population to remote areas of the Chesapeake region. The decline of the health of the Chesapeake’s waters and the diminution of the fisheries are covered, as are governmental efforts to halt and reverse these trends. The author emphasizes the educational efforts of maritime museums and underwater archaeologists to interpret the forgotten and hidden history of the bay. He describes the naval institutions around the bay, such as the Washington Navy Yard, Naval Research Laboratory, the U.S. Naval Academy, the Amphibious Training Base at Solomons Island, Bainbridge Naval Training Center, and other important Navy and Coast Guard installations.

 Email: billdudley@starband.net

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010

Ordering Info: www.jhupress.edu – click on featured books. List price $50. Or order from Amazon for discounts.

Scurvy Dogs, Green Water and Gunsmoke: Fifty Years in U.S. Navy Destroyers, Vol I
Scurvy Dogs, Green Water and Gunsmoke: Fifty Years in U.S. Navy Destroyers, Vol I

by Terry Miller, Editor

Eighteen members of the Secret Scurvy Dog Society writers group relate their own accounts, many humorous and some pointedly not, of life at sea on U.S. Navy destroyers during the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Cold War. Beginning with the question - Why the Navy? - and ending with reflections on how their experiences during hard lives at sea came to be considered cherished memories, these men, both officers and enlisted, tell the quintessential Sea Stories of the latter half of the 20th century. Scurvy Dogs, Green Water and Gunsmoke is the first joint effort for these writers, most of whom have been published previously in the Tin Can Sailor, the journal of the National Association of Destroyer Veterans.

 

Email: terrymiller@destroyers.org

Publisher: Oak Tree Press, 2008

Ordering Info: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Tin Can Sailors, Inc., Oak Tree Press

Defeat and Triumph - The Story of a Controversial Allied Invasion and French Rebirth
Defeat and Triumph - The Story of a Controversial Allied Invasion and French Rebirth

by Stephen Sussna

Defeat and Triumph tells the story of the still controversial, important, dramatic but little known Allied invasion of the French Riviera on August 15, 1944. This was known as Operation Anvil and later renamed Operation Dragoon. Notwithstanding the massive opposition of Winston Churchill, his military advisers, and many notable American Generals, Dragoon happened. After suffering four years of humiliating and devastating defeat, French men and women were assisted by their American and British Allies and this invasion ensured World War II victory in Europe. Defeat and Triumph: The Story of a Controversial Allied Invasion and French Rebirth thoroughly analyzes the pros and cons of Dragoon. The book provides a panoramic history of Operation Dragoon and related events in France, the United States, the Mediterranean, and Germany from 1940 to 1945. The author is in the unique position of having served on D Day of Dragoon as helmsman of LST 1012 (Landing Ship Tank). The LST 1012 participated in the most dangerous and tragic event of the invasion. Professor Sussna has gathered and analyzed a treasure trove of previously unpublished American, British, French, and German archival materials, diaries, letters, periodical articles, maps and interviews.

E-mail: stevesussna@cs.com

Publisher: XLIBRIS, 2008

Ordering Info: Amazon

Carrier Battles: Command Decision in Harm’s Way
Carrier Battles: Command Decision in Harm’s Way

by Douglas V. Smith, Ph.D.

Considers the transformation of the U.S. Navy from a defensive-minded coastal defense force into an offensive risk-taking navy in the very early stages of World War II. Noting that none of the navy’s most significant World War II leaders were commissioned before the Spanish-American War and none participated in any important offensive operations in World War I, Carrier Battles examines the premise that education, rather than experience in battle, accounts for that transformation. In this book, Smith evaluates his premise by focusing on the five carrier battles of the Second World War to determine the extent to which the inter-war education of the major operational commanders translated into their decision processes, and the extent to which their interaction during their educational experiences transformed them from risk-adverse to risk-accepting in their operational concepts. Covers the five carrier battles of World War II and many other important surface actions and critiques the decisions of the major commanders who fought them.

Email: dvpj@cox.net

Publisher: U.S. Naval Institute Press Annapolis, MD, 2006

Ordering Info: Naval Institute Press, Barnes & Noble, any bookstore chain branch, Amazon

A Call to the Sea: Captain Charles Stewart and the USS Constitution
A Call to the Sea: Captain Charles Stewart and the USS Constitution

by Claude Berube, John Rodgaard

Charles Stewart’s life of sailing and combat on the high seas rivals that of Patrick O’Brien’s Jack Aubrey. Stewart held more sea commands (eleven) than any other U.S. Navy captain and served longer (sixty-three years) than any officer in American naval history. He commanded every type of warship, from sloop to ship-of-the-line, and served every president from John Adams to Abraham Lincoln. Born in Philadelphia during the War for American Independence, Stewart had met President Washington and gone to sea as a cabin boy on a merchantman before age thirteen. In March 1798, at age nineteen, he received a commission one month before the formal establishment of the Department of the Navy. Stewart enjoyed an illustrious naval service. Thomas Jefferson recognized his exploits in the Mediterranean during the Barbary Wars, while James Madison sought his advice at the outset of the War of 1812. Stewart trained many future senior naval officers – including David Porter, David Dixon Porter and David Farragut. In his eighties, he served as a pallbearer at President Lincoln’s funeral. Yet, Stewart owed his reputation to the time spent as the most successful fighting commander of the USS Constitution. Undefeated in battle, including defeating the British warships HMS Cyane and Levant simultaneously, both ship and captain came to be known as “Old Ironsides”. Stewart’s service both mirrors and shaped the early history of the navy and country.

Auhor: john_rodgaard@yahoo.com

Publisher: Potomac Books, 2005

Ordering Info: Amazon, or directly from John Rodgaard at john_rodgaard@yahoo.com or 321.591.6123

Straits of Power
Straits of Power

by Joe Buff

The next world war rages. With the Allies at a stalemate with the Berlin-Boer Axis, every battle takes on a new significance. But in a conflict fought with billion-dollar technology and campaigns comprising millions of soldiers, the outcome may rest in the hands of a single man... Commander Jeffrey Fuller, captain of America's most sophisticated and deadly fast-attack nuclear submarine, the USS Challenger, is accustomed to victory in battle. But for his latest mission he is informed that the only way he can succeed is if he crosses into enemy waters -- without firing a single shot. His objective: recover a spy. The world of espionage is unknown territory for Fuller. He is ordered to locate an asset, code-named Zeno, who may hold the key to staving off a crippling Axis attack. But this new world is full of lies, feints, and betrayals. In combat, Fuller always knows who his enemy is and how to defeat him. In the shadow world of covert operatives and counterintelligence, the distinction between enemy and ally is far more elusive. And it only gets more complicated. Steaming toward his target, Fuller and his crew begin to suspect that the spy they have been sent to retrieve may in fact be a subterfuge, a ploy intended to lure the Allies' most dangerous weapon into enemy hands. With the clock ticking down to an invasion that could alter the course of the war, Fuller suspects that his new " friend" could even be a double agent, intent on using Challenger as a weapon against his own allies, destroying the fragile ties binding nations in war. Fuller is accustomed to the codes of the Silent Service, where loyalty is taken for granted, orders are followed without question, and battles are as precise as a torpedo's firing solution. But now he must adapt to a world where betrayers become the new patriots and lies are the instruments of destruction. With the lives of his crew and the fate of his country hanging in the balance, he will have to risk everything on the word of a man who has, for the last two years, served Fuller's most bitter enemies.

 Email: readermail@joebuff.com

Publisher: Morrow/HarperTorch, 2004 hardcover, 2005 paperback

Ordering Info: Amazon, all brick-and-mortar & on-line bookstores, or via JoeBuff.com

Tidal Rip
Tidal Rip

by Joe Buff

A new world war has begun. It is the year 2012, and extremists in Germany and South Africa have succeeded in staging simultaneous coups to forge the Berlin-Boer Axis, a cabal determined to take over the world. The key instrument of this war is tactical nuclear weaponry, where a single torpedo or cruise missile can destroy an entire ship or city. And while the war will be fought with high-tech weapons, it will be won or lost by the men who command them... Commander Jeffrey Fuller is America's newest hero. Awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his victories in battle as captain of America's most sophisticated and deadly fast-attack nuclear submarine, the USS Challenger, Fuller takes grim satisfaction in the honor, knowing at what cost it came. But he has barely enough time to receive the decoration before he is tasked with a new mission. An Allied convoy is steaming toward Africa, hoping to establish a beachhead on the continent. The enemy has dispatched its most lethal new submarine, the SMS Admiral von Scheer, to ensure that the convoy never reaches its destination. Fuller's mission is to protect the convoy at all costs. Then a nearly impossible mission gets even more difficult. The Berlin-Boer Axis is attempting to gain a foothold in South America, a development that would force the United States to fight the war on yet another front, an escalating conflict they can't possibly win. Now Fuller must make a no-win decision: deploy his team of Navy SEALs to South America to destroy the nuclear-armed enemy insurgents, or patrol the depths of the Atlantic seeking threats to the convoy? The failure of either mission will mean defeat for the Allied cause. Stalking his prey beneath the waves where the pressure alone can kill, Commander Jeffrey Fuller knows that while one man's life may be meaningless, one man's death could change the course of the war.

 Email: readermail@joebuff.com

Publisher: Morrow/HarperTorch, 2003 hardcover, 2004 paperback

Ordering Info: Amazon, all brick-and-mortar & on-line bookstores, or via www.JoeBuff.com

WHEN DUTY WHISPERS LOW
WHEN DUTY WHISPERS LOW

by John J. Gobbell

With THE LAST LIEUTENANT and A CODE FOR TOMORROW, John J. Gobbell has firmly established himself as one of today's leading authors of epic war novels. His hero, Todd Ingram, has proven to be one of the most fascinating and endearing characters in the genre. In WHEN DUTY WHISPERS LOW, Lieutenant Commander Ingram faces his biggest challenge to date as his best friend turns against him when the chips are down. It's 1943 and the U.S. Navy is caught in a fierce battle against the Japanese in the South Pacific. At stake is the Allies newly won Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands. But Isoroku Yamamoto, Admiral of the Combined Fleet and architect of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, desperately wants Guadalcanal back. Calling it “Operation I,” Yamamoto throws everything into the foray, scraping together top-line dive bombers and torpedo planes from all over the Pacific to carry out a series of Pearl-Harbor sized bombing raids in the Solomons. In response, the Allies introduce the proximity fuse to the fleet a top-secret anti-aircraft detonator that can greatly assist the U.S. Navy in their desperate fight against Japanese dive bombers and torpedo planes. However, in the heat of battle Commander Jerry Landa refuses to use the fuse - and pays the price as his ship, the USS Howell, is torn in half by Japanese “Val” dive bombers. Lieutenant Commander Todd Ingram confronts Landa, questioning his authority as the two become enemies in the midst of battle. As Ingram and Landa fight to survive “Operation I,” Yamamoto personally directs the raids that will return him to the glory of December 7, 1941 raids that will facilitate the recapture of Guadalcanal and that will cripple the United States Navy forever. Filled with epic battles, romance, and the brutality of war, John J. Gobbell has crafted a tale that will transport the reader into the South Pacific during World War II--a story as vibrant and stunning as anything he has ever written.

 e-mail john@johnjgobbell.com

 Publisher: St. Martin's Press, 2002 hardcover 2004 softcover (in print)

Ordering Info: Amazon, any major bookstore, Tin Can Sailors

THE NEPTUNE STRATEGY
THE NEPTUNE STRATEGY

by John J. Gobbell

Commander Todd Ingram stands on the bridge of his destroyer, U.S.S. Matthew (DD 525) when, suddenly, Japanese dive bombers plunge through the overcast. It’s a coordinated and devastating attack, the ship rocked by massive explosions. Concussions hurtle Ingram overboard, and helplessly, he watches his embattled ship stagger into the evening mist. He’s left behind as the Matthew’s crew desperately fights the fire and the Japanese. Ingram barely lasts the night, and early the next morning he whoops for joy as a periscope cuts a wake toward him through a glass-smooth sea. But joy turns to horror as the submarine surfaces. The submarine is the I-57 of the Imperial Japanese Navy. Her skipper is Commander Hajime Shimada, recipient of Japan’s highest honor: Order of the Golden Kite. Also aboard the I-57 is Korvettenkapitän Martin Taubman, of the Kreigsmarine. Until recently, Taubman was the naval attache’ in Tokyo. With Hajime and the I-57's crew of forty-nine officers and men, Taubman is enroute home via the U-Boat pens in Lorient, France. Ingram works hard for his keep and endures beatings from his captors. But he’s assured by Taubman, who becomes a chess-playing partner, to obey his captors, to keep his head down and work, that he'll be safely interred in a POW camp in Germany after they arrive in Lorient. It’s only until the I-57 makes a secret rendezvous with her sistership, the I-49, in Madagascar’s Antongila Bay, that Ingram learns this is not just a simple technical exchange mission between Germany and Japan. The I-57's mission has far more personal, and deadlier ramifications. Worst of all, Ingram discovers Hajime plans to get rid of him before they reach Lorient.

 e-mail: john@johnjgobbell.com

Publisher: St. Martin's Press, 2004 hardcover

 Ordering Info: Amazon, any major bookstore, Tin Can Sailors

Crush Depth
Crush Depth

by Joe Buff

It is the day after tomorrow. The lines have been redrawn, and crossed over. And the world is at war again. The cataclysm began with coordinated reactionary coups in South Africa and Germany. Overnight new enemies emerged to attack U.S. and European shipping lanes, setting off a global conflagration raging in deadly earnest. And the devastating weapons of choice used by the Berlin-Boer Axis are tactical nuclear weapons. The deep-diving state-of-the-art German boat Voortrekker prowls beneath the ocean's surface, carrying more onboard firepower than many of the world's nations. There is only one weapon in America's arsenal that can match the silent killer: the crippled sub USS Challenger, presently in dry dock in Connecticut. And the Voortrekker is moving into position for the ultimate strike. Brash, brilliant, and battle-tested, Captain Jeffrey Fuller is the driven naval officer who must oversee the miracle that will put Challenger back into action in forty-eight hours. Then Fuller himself will have to do the impossible, piloting his damaged sub toward a life-and-death confrontation with the Axis leviathan. Fuller has already faced the Voortrekker's ruthless commander before--and unlike so many others, he survived. This time the fight will take place at the ultimate submarine's crush depth, and the prize will be America.

 Email: readermail@joebuff.com

Publisher: Morrow/HarperTorch, 2002 hardcover, 2003 paperback

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A Most Fortunate Ship: A Narrative History of Old Ironsides
A Most Fortunate Ship: A Narrative History of Old Ironsides

by Ty Martin

The complete history of USS Constitution (" Old Ironsides" ) from her authorization in 1794 to her bicentennial in 1997. The first edition (1980) received a George Washington Honor Medal from the Freedoms Foundation. This new edition received the 1997 Robert G. Albion/James Madison Award for Naval History from the National Maritime Historical Society and won the Naval History Center's Constitution Bicentennial Book Competition Prize.

 Email: timonier@teleplex.net

Publisher: Naval Institute Press, 1997 (revised edition 6th printing (soft cover), 2003)

Ordering Info: Amazon

A Signal Honor
A Signal Honor

by Ty Martin

A collection of anecdotes about individual crew members of USS Constitution from captain to boy embedded in a discussion of their organization and operation. 

 Email: timonier@teleplex.net

Publisher: Tryon Publishing Company, 2003

Ordering Info: GetTextbookswww.ussconstitutionmuseum.org. Price $20.00.

Thunder in the Deep
Thunder in the Deep

by Joe Buff

The Challenger is the weapon of the future, a ceramic-hulled nuclear attack submarine whose electronic eyes and ears are the most advanced ever created. It is commanded by acting captain Jeffrey Fuller, a former SEAL turned submariner whose aggressiveness has made him a rising star - and sometimes scares the hell out of his crew. Fuller's mission is to rescue the Virginia-class fast attack sub Texas, now lying on the bottom of the Atlantic just off the Azores. But the enemy - a newly resurrected and fanatically militaristic Germany - knows where the Texas is, too, and knows the Challenger is coming. It is the Challenger the Germans want, dispatching their own high-tech supersub, the Deutschland, to destroy her. In this war your enemy is a blip on a console hardwired into an integrated nuclear weapons system. Ships are vaporized off the surface of the sea, nuclear shock waves unleash deadly tsunami waves, and smart submarines do battle with smart aircraft sent to hunt them down. For Jeffrey Fuller and the Challenger, for the men on board the Deutschland, the race beneath the ocean's surface across a horrific underwater war zone will demand every bit of courage and skill they can muster just to survive. Before it's over, the Challenger's mission is radically redefined: Fuller, his SEALs, and freedom fighter Ilse Reebeck are sent into Germany itself - to plant a nuke right in the gut of the enemy's power structure.

 Email: readermail@joebuff.com

Publisher: Bantam/Random House, 2001 hardcover, 2002 paperback

Ordering Info: Amazon, all brick-and-mortar & on-line bookstores, or via www.JoeBuff.com

The Armament Tide - ReArming America
The Armament Tide - ReArming America

by RADM Stuart F. Platt SC, USN (Ret.)

The armament tide has begun to flow strongly again in the United States. This book will assist our Nation's leaders and the American people to better understand how to manage the business of rearmament during these flood tides. Drawing on historical anecdote, common business principals and the author's 31 years of military service, the book provides an entertaining and educational look at the complexities of arming the American military.

 Contact person is duffrey@armamenttide.com

Publisher: Granville Island Publishing, 2002

Ordering Info: Amazon , local bookstore. You may also order fromwww.armamenttide.com  on-line.

A CODE FOR TOMORROW
A CODE FOR TOMORROW

by John J. Gobbell

In The Last Lieutenant, Navy Lieutenant Todd Ingram escaped the horrors of Corregidor. Now, in San Francisco, he agonizes over Helen Durand, the Army nurse he left behind, fighting for the resistance on Mindanao. Todd Ingram is befriended by Senior Lieutenant Eduard Dezhnev, the Soviet Naval attache’ to the USSR’s consulate there. But things go badly for the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific’s Solomon Islands and Rear Admiral Raymond Spruance orders Ingram to the destroyer U.S.S. Howell as executive officer. Right back in the fighting, Ingram is caught in two of the epic naval battles off Guadalcanal: the Battle of Cape Esperance and the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands. Amidst this, Ingram reaches for Helen but her rescue is hampered by the espionage activities of Dezhnev, a man Ingram grew to trust and admire. With the war at its apex, Todd Ingram puts his life on the line not only for the girl he loves, but for his country, and for a world so perilously close to collapse.

email: john@johnjgobbell.com

Publisher: St. Martin's Press, 1999 hardcover 2002 in print

Ordering Info:  Amazon, any major book store, Tin Can Sailors.

Uncovering Ways of War: U.S. Intelligence and Foreign Military Innovation, 1918-1941
Uncovering Ways of War: U.S. Intelligence and Foreign Military Innovation, 1918-1941

by Thomas G. Mahnken

Uncovering Ways of War substantially revises the perception of how American intelligence performed prior to World War II. Mahnken challenges the assumption that intelligence regarding foreign militaries had little influence on the development of U.S. weapons and doctrine. Finally, he explains the obstacles these agencies must still negotiate as they seek to understand foreign efforts to exploit the information revolution.

Email: tgmahnken@aol.com

Publisher: Cornell University Press, 2002

Ordering Info: Amazon

Constitution Close Up: Minutiae for the Artist and Modeller
Constitution Close Up: Minutiae for the Artist and Modeller

by Ty Martin

A working monograph detailing, from primary sources, Constitution's original and changing appearance during her frontline service (1798-1855) for the benefit of artists and modellers. Includes changing paint schemes, altered gun batteries, rigging variations, etc., etc. New information is added as acquired, hence the " working" adjective, and each copy is individually prepared when ordered.

 Email: timonnier@teleplex.net

Publisher: Timonier Publications, 2002

Ordering Info: CaptainsClerk, Timonier Publishing Company, 70 Devil's Ridge, Tryon, NC, 28782. Price $30.00 (includes S& H).

Deep Sound Channel
Deep Sound Channel

by Joe Buff

The year is 2011, and in South Africa a reactionary coup has established a military government that has begun sinking U.S. and British merchant ships. NATO quickly responds, with only Germany holding back - until Germany starts nuking Poland and eviscerating the French. Now the South Atlantic is a battleground where nuclear-tipped missiles rule - and the only gun worth using is one that seeks and fires from deep beneath the sea. In response, Lieutenant Commander Jeffrey Fuller and the crew of the nuclear submarine USS Challenger are called in to help. Ceramic-hulled and designed for maximum stealth, the Challenger is being sent to South Africa for a mission critical to stopping the war. Together with a team of Navy SEALs and assisted by Boer freedom fighter Ilse Reebeck, Commander Fuller must infiltrate the enemy coast and attack a compound where scientists are putting together the ultimate biological weapon - a violent, deadly microbe that has the potential to wreak global devastation. For Jeffrey Fuller, the operation will take him back to his former life as a SEAL. It's his job to steer the team of operatives to shore penetrate concentric arcs of armaments, minefields, and sensors and destroy the death lab. If the mission works, the bioweapon will be destroyed and shock waves will cripple the South African government. If it goes wrong, fallout will kill thousands of innocent people.

 Author: readermail@joebuff.com

Publisher: Bantam/Random House, 2000 hardcover, 2001 paperback

Ordering Info: Amazon, all brick-and-mortar & on-line bookstores, or via www.JoeBuff.com

The Great Wall at Sea: China's Navy Enters the 21st Century
The Great Wall at Sea: China's Navy Enters the 21st Century

by Bernard D. Cole

China is now building a large modern navy to assure its status as Asia's predominant power. This major new study provides timely, authoritative information about China's developing navy and its quest for power. Dr. Cole examines China's navy in detail, its organization as well as its submarines, ships and airplanes. He also discusses its personnel and China's future plans for its navy. He asserts that Beijing's navy is focused on specific, limited goals, but that the reunification of Taiwan is one of those goals....and one that will involve the United States.

 Email: coleb@ndu.edu

Publisher: U.S. Naval Institute Press, 2001

Ordering Info: Amazon, bookstores, or direct: Customer Service, USNI Operations Center, 2062 Generals Highway, Annapolis MD 21401. 800-233-8764 or 410-224-3378. www.NavalInstitute.org

PEARL: The History of the US Navy in Pearl Harbor
PEARL: The History of the US Navy in Pearl Harbor

by Don Landauer

 PEARL shows how the original natives came to Hawaii. Then it describes how European and American explorers and seamen came and affected Hawaiian culture. Then it documents how and why and when the United States Navy came, and subsequently how the two cultures related to each other. You Marines may be interested in the fact that the first ship (a captured British ship) into the Honolulu/Pearl Harbor area (in 1814)was commanded by a US Marine! Later the first US Marine detachment in 1906 deployed to the Honolulu area described Waikiki as a, " damned mosquito infested swamp" . The latest edition includes the Ehime Maru incident and the attack on New York and the Pentagon. The author was in the US Navy in 1945,6 and taught aboard 14 ships from 1990 to 1995 as a PACE instructor.

 Email: Dontahoe@oakweb.com (summer) Donkauai@msn.com (winter)

Publisher: Flying Cloud Press, 1999, 3rd printing 2001

Ordering Info: Flying Cloud Press, Box 624002, S Lake Tahoe CA 96154 or USS Arizona Memorial, #1 USS Arizona Mem'l Place, Honolulu HI 96818. Price $21.95 + $2.50 S& H. Ten percent discount for USN & USMC veterans or Amazon

Undefeated: "Old Ironsides" in the War of 1812
Undefeated: "Old Ironsides" in the War of 1812

by Ty Martin

The story of USS Constitution's victorious service in the War of 1812.

Email: timonier@teleplex.net

Publisher: Tryon Publishing Company, 1996 (3rd printing, 2001)

Ordering Info: Amazon

Creating A Legend
Creating A Legend

by Ty Martin

A detailed description of the designing, construction, and launching of USS Constitution.

Email: timonier@teleplex.net

Publisher: Tryon Publishing Company, 1997 (2nd printing, 2001)

Ordering Info: Amazon

MARTIN P6M SeaMaster
MARTIN P6M SeaMaster

by Stan Piet & Captain Al Raithel, Jr, USN (Ret)  

Martin P6M SeaMaster is the definitive history of the U.S. Navy's last seaplane project to see flight status. This book chronicles the three decades of the Glenn L. Martin Company's seaplane lineage that lead to the post WW II evolution of the High Speed Minelayer seaplane program. Covered are the technical hull achievements along with the politico/military forces that converged to spawn the revolutionary four-jet Marrtin P6M SeaMaster. Full discussion of its design competition, prototype development and crashes, pre-production and production variants along with the details of its weapons systems is featured. Also detailed are the proposed basing concepts and support equipment developments, follow-on designs, including the nuclear-engine proposals, and a complete review of its untimely demise and termination. The 70,000 word softcover volume features 236 pages in 81/2 x 11 landscape format with 12 pages of photos in full color. Over 375 photos and illustrations with 3-views and an inboard profile foldout complete this fascinating but bittersweet story of the end of the U.S. Navy's reliance on the naval flying boat.

Publisher: Martineer Press, 2001

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The USS Constitution's Finest Fight
The USS Constitution's Finest Fight

The edited journal of Acting Chaplain Assheton Y. Humphreys describing Constitution's final war cruise of 1815, including her defeat of HMS Cyane and HMS Levant and her narrow escape from a British squadron.

Email: timonier@teleplex.net

Publisher: Nautical and Aviation Publishing Company, 2000

Ordering Info: Amazon

Henry Rodgers Ship Model Collection, Video
Henry Rodgers Ship Model Collection, Video

by Bob Rositzke

"Henry Rodgers Ship Model Collection": Video: A close-up look at one of the largest and most valuable dockyard model collections in the world. These models, constructed from the mid-17th century through the late 19th century, are exact replicas of the British warships that won and preserved an empire. VHS Length: 17:00

Email: bobr@empirevideo.com

Publisher: Empire Video, Inc., 1999

Ordering Info: Call 703-866-1934 VISA/MC $19.95 (plus S& H)

100 Years and Forward, Video
100 Years and Forward, Video

by Bob Rositzke

Collection of stories about four major World War II naval campaigns and the Cold War. This video collection is part of a permanent display at the U.S. Naval Academy Museum. VHS 36:00.

Email: bobr@empirevideo.com

Publisher: Empire Video, Inc., 1998

Ordering Info: Call 703/866-1934. VISA/MC accepted. $15 (plus S& H)

USS Constitution: Living The Legend, Video
USS Constitution: Living The Legend, Video

by Ty Martin

Describes the ship's unique construction features and takes her through her sailing in July 1997, the first in 116 years.

Email: timonier@teleplex.net

Publisher: Anchors Away, 1997

Run Time: 55 minutes

Ordering Info: Amazon

The Last Lieutenant
The Last Lieutenant

by John J. Gobbell

The Japanese siege of Bataan and Corregidor during World War II was one of the worst defeats in U.S. military history. Over 130,000 GIs and Filipinos were slaughtered on this oft-forgotten Pacific front. And if it were not for naval intelligence’s success in breaking the JN-25, the Japanese Navy code, Midway Island would have fallen as well, leaving Hawaii and perhaps even the West Coast of the United States for the taking. THE LAST LIEUTENANT, an unforgettable World War II thriller on part EYE OF THE NEEDLE and one part FROM HERE TO ETERNITY, captures the heart and soul of those who fought to stop worldwide fascism. With the eye for detail of a military historian and the writing skills that have brought comparison to John Le Carré and James Jones, John J. Gobbell takes his place among today’s finest historical thriller writers. THE LAST LIEUTENANT is Todd Ingram. Half-starved and beyond exhaustion, Ingram refuses to give up the fight when General Jonathan Wainwright surrenders Corregidor to the Japanese. As artillery blasts The Rock’s beaches and hillsides, Ingram commandeers a thirty-six foot launch with eleven other desperate men. But only Ingram knows the most dangerous threat of all: that a Nazi spy named Walter Radtke lies undiscovered aboard the submarine U.S.S. Wolfish, the last evacuation submarine off the island. The Nazis knows about Chester Nimitz’s plan to trap the Japanese fleet at Midway and needs just thirty seconds and a radio to get a warning dispatch to Yamamoto. Ingram must track down the spy through miles of Japanese-infested waters and stop him before the tide of the war turns irrevocably to the rising sun. Before Ingram can save himself, Helen Duran, the Army nurse he loves, and his men, he must save his country. Radtke knows that the U.S. navy has cracked the Japanese code and that Commander in Chief Chester Nimitz is planning a trap for the Japanese fleet at Midway. All Radtke needs is a radio and thirty seconds.

email: john@johnjgobbell.com

Publisher: St. Martin's Press, 1995 Hardcover 1997

Ordering Info: Amazon

To Lead and to Serve ... United States Naval Academy, Video
To Lead and to Serve ... United States Naval Academy, Video

by Bob Rositzke

An inside look at life at the U.S. Naval Academy. Follow Midshipmen as they embark on the voyage of a lifetime. Length: 19:41

Email: bobr@empirevideo.com

Publisher: Empire Video, Inc., 1995

Ordering Info: Call 703-866-1934. VISA/MC accepted. $15 (plus S& H)

A Doctrine Reader: The Navies of United States, Great Britain, France, Italy, and Spain
A Doctrine Reader: The Navies of United States, Great Britain, France, Italy, and Spain

by James Tritten

Case studies of naval doctrine in UK, France, Spain, Italy and role of doctrine in paradigm shifts and revolutions in military affairs.

Email: jtritten121@comcast.net

Publisher: Naval War College Press, 1995

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Our New National Security Strategy: America Promises to Come Back
Our New National Security Strategy: America Promises to Come Back

by James Tritten

This book is an analysis of President Bush's Regional Defense Strategy first unveiled in Aspen, Colorado, on August 2, 1990. This strategy involves a mix of active, reserve, and reconstitutable forces, and General Colin Powell's Base Force. The new regional defense strategy is based upon the 25 percent budget cut negotiated with Congress, a greatly depleted threat from the former Soviet Union, and a new international security environment that assumes two-year's warning of a European-centered global war.

Ordering Info: Amazon

Email: jtritten121@comcast.net

Publisher: Praeger Publishers, 1992

Reconstituting America's Defense: The New U.S. National Security Strategy
Reconstituting America's Defense: The New U.S. National Security Strategy

by James Tritten

This book analyzes President Bush's new Regional Defense Strategy--the master plan for guiding the transformation of U.S. defense policy in the post-Cold War era. This book provides the first comprehensive assessment of the new strategy, analyzes the consequences for U.S. forces and alliance relations, and examines the political difficulties of transforming Bush's vision into reality. It explains major changes in U.S. defense doctrine and strategy, force and command structure, future programming requirements, and how such change has been managed.

 Ordering Info: Amazon

Email: jtritten121@comcast.net

Publisher: Praeger Publishers, 1992

Carrier Operations, Vol 4 in series, The Illustrated History of the Vietnam War
Carrier Operations, Vol 4 in series, The Illustrated History of the Vietnam War

by Edward J. Marolda

Yankee Station and Dixie Station . . . just two map coordinates in the South China Sea. But for much of the Vietnam War they were home to thousands of sailors on board the aircraft carriers of the U. S. Seventh Fleet. It was from these offshore oases that U. S. aircraft waged the heaviest bombing campaign in history, sending a rain of fire against the north, providing air support for U. S. troops in the south, and dispatching search and rescue missions to snatch grounded pilots from enemy territory.

Email: marolda.edward@nhc.navy.mil

Publisher: Bantam, 1987

Ordering Info: Amazon, available at large libraries

Soviet Naval Forces and Nuclear Warfare: Weapons, Employment, and Policy
Soviet Naval Forces and Nuclear Warfare: Weapons, Employment, and Policy

by James Tritten

Interpretation of what the Soviets said they will do in the event of a nuclear war based on formal content analysis of the writings of Admiral Gorshkov and past Soviet ministers of defense and heads of the Politburo. Comparative hardware and exercise analysis. Constructs 3 possible scenarios. Examination of Soviet views on deterrence, strategic goals and missions of the fleet, nuclear targeting, SLOC disruption, tactical nuclear war at sea. Implications for Western defense strategy and arms control.

 Email: jtritten121@comcast.net

Publisher: Westview Press, 1986

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The Fleet at Flood Tide: America at Total War in the Pacific, 1944-1945
The Oath
The Naval War of 1812: America’s Second War of Independence
A Plain Sailorman in China: The Life and Times of Cdr. I. V. Gillis, USN, 1875-1948
Fragments from Iraq: Diary of a Navy Trauma Surgeon
¡El Capitán! The Making of an American Naval Officer
A Hard Fought Ship: The Story of HMS Venomous
One Hundred Years of U.S. Navy Air Power
Passport not required: U.S. Volunteers in the Royal Navy 1939-1941
Maritime Maryland: A History
Scurvy Dogs, Green Water and Gunsmoke: Fifty Years in U.S. Navy Destroyers, Vol I
Defeat and Triumph - The Story of a Controversial Allied Invasion and French Rebirth
Carrier Battles: Command Decision in Harm’s Way
A Call to the Sea: Captain Charles Stewart and the USS Constitution
Straits of Power
Tidal Rip
WHEN DUTY WHISPERS LOW
THE NEPTUNE STRATEGY
Crush Depth
A Most Fortunate Ship: A Narrative History of Old Ironsides
A Signal Honor
Thunder in the Deep
The Armament Tide - ReArming America
A CODE FOR TOMORROW
Uncovering Ways of War: U.S. Intelligence and Foreign Military Innovation, 1918-1941
Constitution Close Up: Minutiae for the Artist and Modeller
Deep Sound Channel
The Great Wall at Sea: China's Navy Enters the 21st Century
PEARL: The History of the US Navy in Pearl Harbor
Undefeated: "Old Ironsides" in the War of 1812
Creating A Legend
MARTIN P6M SeaMaster
The USS Constitution's Finest Fight
Henry Rodgers Ship Model Collection, Video
100 Years and Forward, Video
USS Constitution: Living The Legend, Video
The Last Lieutenant
To Lead and to Serve ... United States Naval Academy, Video
A Doctrine Reader: The Navies of United States, Great Britain, France, Italy, and Spain
Our New National Security Strategy: America Promises to Come Back
Reconstituting America's Defense: The New U.S. National Security Strategy
Carrier Operations, Vol 4 in series, The Illustrated History of the Vietnam War
Soviet Naval Forces and Nuclear Warfare: Weapons, Employment, and Policy
The Fleet at Flood Tide: America at Total War in the Pacific, 1944-1945

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.

Email: jh@hornfischerlit.com
Publisher: Bantam, 2016

Ordering Info: Amazon, and can be ordered online at book website jameshornfischer.com

The Oath

by Dennis Koller

Received the 2016 BAIPA Book Award for Fiction from the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association

"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

Email: denniskollerauthor@gmail.com
Publisher: Pen Books, 2016

Ordering Info: AmazonBarnes & Noble,  and can be ordered online at book website www.denniskoller.com 

The Naval War of 1812: America’s Second War of Independence

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.

Email: billdudley@starband.net

Publisher: The Donning Company Publishers, Virginia Beach, VA, 2013

Ordering Info: www.navyonline.com    Amazon

A Plain Sailorman in China: The Life and Times of Cdr. I. V. Gillis, USN, 1875-1948

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

Fragments from Iraq: Diary of a Navy Trauma Surgeon

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."

Author: ztstockinger@gmail.com  

Publisher: McFarland and Co., 2012

Ordering Info: Amazon or other on-line bookstores

¡El Capitán! The Making of an American Naval Officer

by John Frank Gamboa, Captain, U.S. Navy (Ret.)

¡El Capitán! The Making of an American Naval Officer, is a remembrance my midshipman life at the U.S. Naval Academy and my service in the Navy’s naval surface warfare profession. A brief family sketch provides an ethnic and cultural context and my Mexican-immigrant parents’ pursuit of the American Dream in Owens Valley, California, where my six siblings and I were born and raised. The book portrays how I overcame educational, financial, ethnic and cultural barriers to enter the academy in July 1954, graduate in June 1958 and was commissioned a Navy Line Ensign. It describes my professional development of leadership, seamanship, surface warfare, technical and management skills in ranks from ensign to captain while serving in shipboard billets ranging from division officer to commanding officer and then squadron commander. The setting is primarily at sea—over 17 years of operational service during the Cold War aboard destroyers, a cruiser and six amphibious ships with extended forward deployments in the Sixth Fleet operating in the Mediterranean Sea, Indian Ocean and the Persian Gulf, and in the Pacific Ocean Far East with the Seventh Fleet. My sea command focus was amphibious warfare. The memoir highlights my performance as the first Mexican-American naval surface warfare officer in the history of the U.S. Navy to command a major warship as a commander, another major warship as a captain and a squadron of seven amphibious warships as a captain. The epilogue includes a synthesis of what worked for me as a successful warship captain—my values, beliefs and lessons learned. John McCain, one of my three Naval Academy roommates, provided a foreword.

Email: frank.gamboa@cox.net www.frankgamboa.com

Publisher: Fortis Publishing, 2011

Ordering Info: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and can be ordered on line at book website www.frankgamboa.com

A Hard Fought Ship: The Story of HMS Venomous

by John Rodgaard, Robert Moore

HMS Venomous was a destroyer of the V & W Class, the most advanced in the world when built and arguably the most successful ever. Sixty-nine ships were built at the end of the Great War. By the end of World War II all had been sunk or scrapped but during those thirty years thousands of men served on them. This is possibly the most detailed study yet of the contribution made by a typical “old warrior” of this class to winning the war with end notes and citations plus a list of all its officers from 1919-46 and a list of known ratings. It begins with a comparative survey of the world’s destroyers in 1919 and ends with a list of all the V & Ws giving date of construction and ultimate fate. The story of HMS Venomous is told by its officers and crew and illustrated with their unique photographs taken in the heat of the action plus paintings, drawings and maps. In the prestigious Naval Review of August 2010, CDR Alastair Wilson, RN Ret wrote, " I would rate this as being up in the same class as ‘The Cruel Sea’ for a picture of small ship life in World War 2."

Email: john_rodgaard@yahoo.com

Publisher: Holywell Publishing, United Kingdom, 2010

Ordering Info: Amazon, or directly from the author. See www.holywellhousepublishing.co.uk

One Hundred Years of U.S. Navy Air Power

by Douglas V. Smith, Ph.D.

Published to coincide with the Centennial Celebration of U.S. Naval Aviation, this book details the history of U.S. Navy Aviation from its earliest days, before the Navy’s first aircraft carrier joined the Fleet, through the modern jet era marked by the introduction of the F-18 Hornet. It tells how Naval Aviation got its start, profiles its pioneers, and explains the early bureaucracy that fostered and sometimes inhibited its growth. The book then turns to the refinement of carrier aviation doctrine and tactics and the rapid development of aircraft and carriers, highlighting the transition from propeller-driven aircraft to swept-wing jets in the period after World War II. Land-based Navy aircraft, rotary-wing aircraft, rigid airships and balloons are also considered in this sweeping tribute. Foreword by Navy Lieutenant George Herbert Walker Bush, 43rd President of the United States, who fought gallantly wearing the Navy Wings of Gold in the Pacific in World War II.

Email: dvpj@cox.net

Publisher: U.S. Naval Institute Press, 2010

Ordering Info: Naval Institute Press, Barnes & Noble, any bookstore chain branch, Amazon

Passport not required: U.S. Volunteers in the Royal Navy 1939-1941

by Eric Dietrich-Berryman, Charlotte Hammond, R. E. White

This is the untold story of twenty-two U.S. citizens who came to fight for England by volunteering for the Royal Navy before America entered the war. They were commissioned between September 10, 1939 and November 10, 1941. Most of the men were sent for training to the Royal Naval College, Greenwich thus initiating what was to become the famous " over here" phenomenon as the two different cultures learnt to adapt to each other's ways. The faculty recognized the arrival of the first three men with a commemorative plaque placed in the floor of Painted Hall on June 15, 1941. Mindful of the possible legal consequences, since foreign military service is against U.S. law and can result in loss of citizenship, the names were omitted from the plaque. The search for their identity began over 30 years ago. Additional names were added as they became known, along with details of their lives and military service. What makes this tale compelling is that the men actually made a significant impact on the war effort. Showing up was just the start. Some achieved remarkable accomplishments. This is the story of who they were, what they did and why, and what become of them.

 Email: berryman2@earthlink.net

Publisher: Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, 2010

Ordering Info: Amazon, Naval Institute Press, any bookstore chain branch

Maritime Maryland: A History

by William S. Dudley

A rich, nuanced history of Maryland’s waterways which reveals how human enterprise has affected and been affected by Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. Commencing with a summary of the colonial era, this book traces activities on the water from the Revolutionary War and Maryland’s State Navy to the War of 1812, and the Civil War, as well as the growth of Baltimore through by virtue of wealth gained from privateering, and the expansion of trade to the Far East. The author places bay commerce, shipbuilding, steamboats, oystering, crabbing, and fishing in their proper context. With the industrialization of the maritime industries, changes accelerated, causing the decline of working sail, the rise of recreational boating, the proliferation of marinas, and the spread of population to remote areas of the Chesapeake region. The decline of the health of the Chesapeake’s waters and the diminution of the fisheries are covered, as are governmental efforts to halt and reverse these trends. The author emphasizes the educational efforts of maritime museums and underwater archaeologists to interpret the forgotten and hidden history of the bay. He describes the naval institutions around the bay, such as the Washington Navy Yard, Naval Research Laboratory, the U.S. Naval Academy, the Amphibious Training Base at Solomons Island, Bainbridge Naval Training Center, and other important Navy and Coast Guard installations.

 Email: billdudley@starband.net

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010

Ordering Info: www.jhupress.edu – click on featured books. List price $50. Or order from Amazon for discounts.

Scurvy Dogs, Green Water and Gunsmoke: Fifty Years in U.S. Navy Destroyers, Vol I

by Terry Miller, Editor

Eighteen members of the Secret Scurvy Dog Society writers group relate their own accounts, many humorous and some pointedly not, of life at sea on U.S. Navy destroyers during the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Cold War. Beginning with the question - Why the Navy? - and ending with reflections on how their experiences during hard lives at sea came to be considered cherished memories, these men, both officers and enlisted, tell the quintessential Sea Stories of the latter half of the 20th century. Scurvy Dogs, Green Water and Gunsmoke is the first joint effort for these writers, most of whom have been published previously in the Tin Can Sailor, the journal of the National Association of Destroyer Veterans.

 

Email: terrymiller@destroyers.org

Publisher: Oak Tree Press, 2008

Ordering Info: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Tin Can Sailors, Inc., Oak Tree Press

Defeat and Triumph - The Story of a Controversial Allied Invasion and French Rebirth

by Stephen Sussna

Defeat and Triumph tells the story of the still controversial, important, dramatic but little known Allied invasion of the French Riviera on August 15, 1944. This was known as Operation Anvil and later renamed Operation Dragoon. Notwithstanding the massive opposition of Winston Churchill, his military advisers, and many notable American Generals, Dragoon happened. After suffering four years of humiliating and devastating defeat, French men and women were assisted by their American and British Allies and this invasion ensured World War II victory in Europe. Defeat and Triumph: The Story of a Controversial Allied Invasion and French Rebirth thoroughly analyzes the pros and cons of Dragoon. The book provides a panoramic history of Operation Dragoon and related events in France, the United States, the Mediterranean, and Germany from 1940 to 1945. The author is in the unique position of having served on D Day of Dragoon as helmsman of LST 1012 (Landing Ship Tank). The LST 1012 participated in the most dangerous and tragic event of the invasion. Professor Sussna has gathered and analyzed a treasure trove of previously unpublished American, British, French, and German archival materials, diaries, letters, periodical articles, maps and interviews.

E-mail: stevesussna@cs.com

Publisher: XLIBRIS, 2008

Ordering Info: Amazon

Carrier Battles: Command Decision in Harm’s Way

by Douglas V. Smith, Ph.D.

Considers the transformation of the U.S. Navy from a defensive-minded coastal defense force into an offensive risk-taking navy in the very early stages of World War II. Noting that none of the navy’s most significant World War II leaders were commissioned before the Spanish-American War and none participated in any important offensive operations in World War I, Carrier Battles examines the premise that education, rather than experience in battle, accounts for that transformation. In this book, Smith evaluates his premise by focusing on the five carrier battles of the Second World War to determine the extent to which the inter-war education of the major operational commanders translated into their decision processes, and the extent to which their interaction during their educational experiences transformed them from risk-adverse to risk-accepting in their operational concepts. Covers the five carrier battles of World War II and many other important surface actions and critiques the decisions of the major commanders who fought them.

Email: dvpj@cox.net

Publisher: U.S. Naval Institute Press Annapolis, MD, 2006

Ordering Info: Naval Institute Press, Barnes & Noble, any bookstore chain branch, Amazon

A Call to the Sea: Captain Charles Stewart and the USS Constitution

by Claude Berube, John Rodgaard

Charles Stewart’s life of sailing and combat on the high seas rivals that of Patrick O’Brien’s Jack Aubrey. Stewart held more sea commands (eleven) than any other U.S. Navy captain and served longer (sixty-three years) than any officer in American naval history. He commanded every type of warship, from sloop to ship-of-the-line, and served every president from John Adams to Abraham Lincoln. Born in Philadelphia during the War for American Independence, Stewart had met President Washington and gone to sea as a cabin boy on a merchantman before age thirteen. In March 1798, at age nineteen, he received a commission one month before the formal establishment of the Department of the Navy. Stewart enjoyed an illustrious naval service. Thomas Jefferson recognized his exploits in the Mediterranean during the Barbary Wars, while James Madison sought his advice at the outset of the War of 1812. Stewart trained many future senior naval officers – including David Porter, David Dixon Porter and David Farragut. In his eighties, he served as a pallbearer at President Lincoln’s funeral. Yet, Stewart owed his reputation to the time spent as the most successful fighting commander of the USS Constitution. Undefeated in battle, including defeating the British warships HMS Cyane and Levant simultaneously, both ship and captain came to be known as “Old Ironsides”. Stewart’s service both mirrors and shaped the early history of the navy and country.

Auhor: john_rodgaard@yahoo.com

Publisher: Potomac Books, 2005

Ordering Info: Amazon, or directly from John Rodgaard at john_rodgaard@yahoo.com or 321.591.6123

Straits of Power

by Joe Buff

The next world war rages. With the Allies at a stalemate with the Berlin-Boer Axis, every battle takes on a new significance. But in a conflict fought with billion-dollar technology and campaigns comprising millions of soldiers, the outcome may rest in the hands of a single man... Commander Jeffrey Fuller, captain of America's most sophisticated and deadly fast-attack nuclear submarine, the USS Challenger, is accustomed to victory in battle. But for his latest mission he is informed that the only way he can succeed is if he crosses into enemy waters -- without firing a single shot. His objective: recover a spy. The world of espionage is unknown territory for Fuller. He is ordered to locate an asset, code-named Zeno, who may hold the key to staving off a crippling Axis attack. But this new world is full of lies, feints, and betrayals. In combat, Fuller always knows who his enemy is and how to defeat him. In the shadow world of covert operatives and counterintelligence, the distinction between enemy and ally is far more elusive. And it only gets more complicated. Steaming toward his target, Fuller and his crew begin to suspect that the spy they have been sent to retrieve may in fact be a subterfuge, a ploy intended to lure the Allies' most dangerous weapon into enemy hands. With the clock ticking down to an invasion that could alter the course of the war, Fuller suspects that his new " friend" could even be a double agent, intent on using Challenger as a weapon against his own allies, destroying the fragile ties binding nations in war. Fuller is accustomed to the codes of the Silent Service, where loyalty is taken for granted, orders are followed without question, and battles are as precise as a torpedo's firing solution. But now he must adapt to a world where betrayers become the new patriots and lies are the instruments of destruction. With the lives of his crew and the fate of his country hanging in the balance, he will have to risk everything on the word of a man who has, for the last two years, served Fuller's most bitter enemies.

 Email: readermail@joebuff.com

Publisher: Morrow/HarperTorch, 2004 hardcover, 2005 paperback

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Tidal Rip

by Joe Buff

A new world war has begun. It is the year 2012, and extremists in Germany and South Africa have succeeded in staging simultaneous coups to forge the Berlin-Boer Axis, a cabal determined to take over the world. The key instrument of this war is tactical nuclear weaponry, where a single torpedo or cruise missile can destroy an entire ship or city. And while the war will be fought with high-tech weapons, it will be won or lost by the men who command them... Commander Jeffrey Fuller is America's newest hero. Awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his victories in battle as captain of America's most sophisticated and deadly fast-attack nuclear submarine, the USS Challenger, Fuller takes grim satisfaction in the honor, knowing at what cost it came. But he has barely enough time to receive the decoration before he is tasked with a new mission. An Allied convoy is steaming toward Africa, hoping to establish a beachhead on the continent. The enemy has dispatched its most lethal new submarine, the SMS Admiral von Scheer, to ensure that the convoy never reaches its destination. Fuller's mission is to protect the convoy at all costs. Then a nearly impossible mission gets even more difficult. The Berlin-Boer Axis is attempting to gain a foothold in South America, a development that would force the United States to fight the war on yet another front, an escalating conflict they can't possibly win. Now Fuller must make a no-win decision: deploy his team of Navy SEALs to South America to destroy the nuclear-armed enemy insurgents, or patrol the depths of the Atlantic seeking threats to the convoy? The failure of either mission will mean defeat for the Allied cause. Stalking his prey beneath the waves where the pressure alone can kill, Commander Jeffrey Fuller knows that while one man's life may be meaningless, one man's death could change the course of the war.

 Email: readermail@joebuff.com

Publisher: Morrow/HarperTorch, 2003 hardcover, 2004 paperback

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WHEN DUTY WHISPERS LOW

by John J. Gobbell

With THE LAST LIEUTENANT and A CODE FOR TOMORROW, John J. Gobbell has firmly established himself as one of today's leading authors of epic war novels. His hero, Todd Ingram, has proven to be one of the most fascinating and endearing characters in the genre. In WHEN DUTY WHISPERS LOW, Lieutenant Commander Ingram faces his biggest challenge to date as his best friend turns against him when the chips are down. It's 1943 and the U.S. Navy is caught in a fierce battle against the Japanese in the South Pacific. At stake is the Allies newly won Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands. But Isoroku Yamamoto, Admiral of the Combined Fleet and architect of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, desperately wants Guadalcanal back. Calling it “Operation I,” Yamamoto throws everything into the foray, scraping together top-line dive bombers and torpedo planes from all over the Pacific to carry out a series of Pearl-Harbor sized bombing raids in the Solomons. In response, the Allies introduce the proximity fuse to the fleet a top-secret anti-aircraft detonator that can greatly assist the U.S. Navy in their desperate fight against Japanese dive bombers and torpedo planes. However, in the heat of battle Commander Jerry Landa refuses to use the fuse - and pays the price as his ship, the USS Howell, is torn in half by Japanese “Val” dive bombers. Lieutenant Commander Todd Ingram confronts Landa, questioning his authority as the two become enemies in the midst of battle. As Ingram and Landa fight to survive “Operation I,” Yamamoto personally directs the raids that will return him to the glory of December 7, 1941 raids that will facilitate the recapture of Guadalcanal and that will cripple the United States Navy forever. Filled with epic battles, romance, and the brutality of war, John J. Gobbell has crafted a tale that will transport the reader into the South Pacific during World War II--a story as vibrant and stunning as anything he has ever written.

 e-mail john@johnjgobbell.com

 Publisher: St. Martin's Press, 2002 hardcover 2004 softcover (in print)

Ordering Info: Amazon, any major bookstore, Tin Can Sailors

THE NEPTUNE STRATEGY

by John J. Gobbell

Commander Todd Ingram stands on the bridge of his destroyer, U.S.S. Matthew (DD 525) when, suddenly, Japanese dive bombers plunge through the overcast. It’s a coordinated and devastating attack, the ship rocked by massive explosions. Concussions hurtle Ingram overboard, and helplessly, he watches his embattled ship stagger into the evening mist. He’s left behind as the Matthew’s crew desperately fights the fire and the Japanese. Ingram barely lasts the night, and early the next morning he whoops for joy as a periscope cuts a wake toward him through a glass-smooth sea. But joy turns to horror as the submarine surfaces. The submarine is the I-57 of the Imperial Japanese Navy. Her skipper is Commander Hajime Shimada, recipient of Japan’s highest honor: Order of the Golden Kite. Also aboard the I-57 is Korvettenkapitän Martin Taubman, of the Kreigsmarine. Until recently, Taubman was the naval attache’ in Tokyo. With Hajime and the I-57's crew of forty-nine officers and men, Taubman is enroute home via the U-Boat pens in Lorient, France. Ingram works hard for his keep and endures beatings from his captors. But he’s assured by Taubman, who becomes a chess-playing partner, to obey his captors, to keep his head down and work, that he'll be safely interred in a POW camp in Germany after they arrive in Lorient. It’s only until the I-57 makes a secret rendezvous with her sistership, the I-49, in Madagascar’s Antongila Bay, that Ingram learns this is not just a simple technical exchange mission between Germany and Japan. The I-57's mission has far more personal, and deadlier ramifications. Worst of all, Ingram discovers Hajime plans to get rid of him before they reach Lorient.

 e-mail: john@johnjgobbell.com

Publisher: St. Martin's Press, 2004 hardcover

 Ordering Info: Amazon, any major bookstore, Tin Can Sailors

Crush Depth

by Joe Buff

It is the day after tomorrow. The lines have been redrawn, and crossed over. And the world is at war again. The cataclysm began with coordinated reactionary coups in South Africa and Germany. Overnight new enemies emerged to attack U.S. and European shipping lanes, setting off a global conflagration raging in deadly earnest. And the devastating weapons of choice used by the Berlin-Boer Axis are tactical nuclear weapons. The deep-diving state-of-the-art German boat Voortrekker prowls beneath the ocean's surface, carrying more onboard firepower than many of the world's nations. There is only one weapon in America's arsenal that can match the silent killer: the crippled sub USS Challenger, presently in dry dock in Connecticut. And the Voortrekker is moving into position for the ultimate strike. Brash, brilliant, and battle-tested, Captain Jeffrey Fuller is the driven naval officer who must oversee the miracle that will put Challenger back into action in forty-eight hours. Then Fuller himself will have to do the impossible, piloting his damaged sub toward a life-and-death confrontation with the Axis leviathan. Fuller has already faced the Voortrekker's ruthless commander before--and unlike so many others, he survived. This time the fight will take place at the ultimate submarine's crush depth, and the prize will be America.

 Email: readermail@joebuff.com

Publisher: Morrow/HarperTorch, 2002 hardcover, 2003 paperback

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A Most Fortunate Ship: A Narrative History of Old Ironsides

by Ty Martin

The complete history of USS Constitution (" Old Ironsides" ) from her authorization in 1794 to her bicentennial in 1997. The first edition (1980) received a George Washington Honor Medal from the Freedoms Foundation. This new edition received the 1997 Robert G. Albion/James Madison Award for Naval History from the National Maritime Historical Society and won the Naval History Center's Constitution Bicentennial Book Competition Prize.

 Email: timonier@teleplex.net

Publisher: Naval Institute Press, 1997 (revised edition 6th printing (soft cover), 2003)

Ordering Info: Amazon

A Signal Honor

by Ty Martin

A collection of anecdotes about individual crew members of USS Constitution from captain to boy embedded in a discussion of their organization and operation. 

 Email: timonier@teleplex.net

Publisher: Tryon Publishing Company, 2003

Ordering Info: GetTextbookswww.ussconstitutionmuseum.org. Price $20.00.

Thunder in the Deep

by Joe Buff

The Challenger is the weapon of the future, a ceramic-hulled nuclear attack submarine whose electronic eyes and ears are the most advanced ever created. It is commanded by acting captain Jeffrey Fuller, a former SEAL turned submariner whose aggressiveness has made him a rising star - and sometimes scares the hell out of his crew. Fuller's mission is to rescue the Virginia-class fast attack sub Texas, now lying on the bottom of the Atlantic just off the Azores. But the enemy - a newly resurrected and fanatically militaristic Germany - knows where the Texas is, too, and knows the Challenger is coming. It is the Challenger the Germans want, dispatching their own high-tech supersub, the Deutschland, to destroy her. In this war your enemy is a blip on a console hardwired into an integrated nuclear weapons system. Ships are vaporized off the surface of the sea, nuclear shock waves unleash deadly tsunami waves, and smart submarines do battle with smart aircraft sent to hunt them down. For Jeffrey Fuller and the Challenger, for the men on board the Deutschland, the race beneath the ocean's surface across a horrific underwater war zone will demand every bit of courage and skill they can muster just to survive. Before it's over, the Challenger's mission is radically redefined: Fuller, his SEALs, and freedom fighter Ilse Reebeck are sent into Germany itself - to plant a nuke right in the gut of the enemy's power structure.

 Email: readermail@joebuff.com

Publisher: Bantam/Random House, 2001 hardcover, 2002 paperback

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The Armament Tide - ReArming America

by RADM Stuart F. Platt SC, USN (Ret.)

The armament tide has begun to flow strongly again in the United States. This book will assist our Nation's leaders and the American people to better understand how to manage the business of rearmament during these flood tides. Drawing on historical anecdote, common business principals and the author's 31 years of military service, the book provides an entertaining and educational look at the complexities of arming the American military.

 Contact person is duffrey@armamenttide.com

Publisher: Granville Island Publishing, 2002

Ordering Info: Amazon , local bookstore. You may also order fromwww.armamenttide.com  on-line.

A CODE FOR TOMORROW

by John J. Gobbell

In The Last Lieutenant, Navy Lieutenant Todd Ingram escaped the horrors of Corregidor. Now, in San Francisco, he agonizes over Helen Durand, the Army nurse he left behind, fighting for the resistance on Mindanao. Todd Ingram is befriended by Senior Lieutenant Eduard Dezhnev, the Soviet Naval attache’ to the USSR’s consulate there. But things go badly for the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific’s Solomon Islands and Rear Admiral Raymond Spruance orders Ingram to the destroyer U.S.S. Howell as executive officer. Right back in the fighting, Ingram is caught in two of the epic naval battles off Guadalcanal: the Battle of Cape Esperance and the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands. Amidst this, Ingram reaches for Helen but her rescue is hampered by the espionage activities of Dezhnev, a man Ingram grew to trust and admire. With the war at its apex, Todd Ingram puts his life on the line not only for the girl he loves, but for his country, and for a world so perilously close to collapse.

email: john@johnjgobbell.com

Publisher: St. Martin's Press, 1999 hardcover 2002 in print

Ordering Info:  Amazon, any major book store, Tin Can Sailors.

Uncovering Ways of War: U.S. Intelligence and Foreign Military Innovation, 1918-1941

by Thomas G. Mahnken

Uncovering Ways of War substantially revises the perception of how American intelligence performed prior to World War II. Mahnken challenges the assumption that intelligence regarding foreign militaries had little influence on the development of U.S. weapons and doctrine. Finally, he explains the obstacles these agencies must still negotiate as they seek to understand foreign efforts to exploit the information revolution.

Email: tgmahnken@aol.com

Publisher: Cornell University Press, 2002

Ordering Info: Amazon

Constitution Close Up: Minutiae for the Artist and Modeller

by Ty Martin

A working monograph detailing, from primary sources, Constitution's original and changing appearance during her frontline service (1798-1855) for the benefit of artists and modellers. Includes changing paint schemes, altered gun batteries, rigging variations, etc., etc. New information is added as acquired, hence the " working" adjective, and each copy is individually prepared when ordered.

 Email: timonnier@teleplex.net

Publisher: Timonier Publications, 2002

Ordering Info: CaptainsClerk, Timonier Publishing Company, 70 Devil's Ridge, Tryon, NC, 28782. Price $30.00 (includes S& H).

Deep Sound Channel

by Joe Buff

The year is 2011, and in South Africa a reactionary coup has established a military government that has begun sinking U.S. and British merchant ships. NATO quickly responds, with only Germany holding back - until Germany starts nuking Poland and eviscerating the French. Now the South Atlantic is a battleground where nuclear-tipped missiles rule - and the only gun worth using is one that seeks and fires from deep beneath the sea. In response, Lieutenant Commander Jeffrey Fuller and the crew of the nuclear submarine USS Challenger are called in to help. Ceramic-hulled and designed for maximum stealth, the Challenger is being sent to South Africa for a mission critical to stopping the war. Together with a team of Navy SEALs and assisted by Boer freedom fighter Ilse Reebeck, Commander Fuller must infiltrate the enemy coast and attack a compound where scientists are putting together the ultimate biological weapon - a violent, deadly microbe that has the potential to wreak global devastation. For Jeffrey Fuller, the operation will take him back to his former life as a SEAL. It's his job to steer the team of operatives to shore penetrate concentric arcs of armaments, minefields, and sensors and destroy the death lab. If the mission works, the bioweapon will be destroyed and shock waves will cripple the South African government. If it goes wrong, fallout will kill thousands of innocent people.

 Author: readermail@joebuff.com

Publisher: Bantam/Random House, 2000 hardcover, 2001 paperback

Ordering Info: Amazon, all brick-and-mortar & on-line bookstores, or via www.JoeBuff.com

The Great Wall at Sea: China's Navy Enters the 21st Century

by Bernard D. Cole

China is now building a large modern navy to assure its status as Asia's predominant power. This major new study provides timely, authoritative information about China's developing navy and its quest for power. Dr. Cole examines China's navy in detail, its organization as well as its submarines, ships and airplanes. He also discusses its personnel and China's future plans for its navy. He asserts that Beijing's navy is focused on specific, limited goals, but that the reunification of Taiwan is one of those goals....and one that will involve the United States.

 Email: coleb@ndu.edu

Publisher: U.S. Naval Institute Press, 2001

Ordering Info: Amazon, bookstores, or direct: Customer Service, USNI Operations Center, 2062 Generals Highway, Annapolis MD 21401. 800-233-8764 or 410-224-3378. www.NavalInstitute.org

PEARL: The History of the US Navy in Pearl Harbor

by Don Landauer

 PEARL shows how the original natives came to Hawaii. Then it describes how European and American explorers and seamen came and affected Hawaiian culture. Then it documents how and why and when the United States Navy came, and subsequently how the two cultures related to each other. You Marines may be interested in the fact that the first ship (a captured British ship) into the Honolulu/Pearl Harbor area (in 1814)was commanded by a US Marine! Later the first US Marine detachment in 1906 deployed to the Honolulu area described Waikiki as a, " damned mosquito infested swamp" . The latest edition includes the Ehime Maru incident and the attack on New York and the Pentagon. The author was in the US Navy in 1945,6 and taught aboard 14 ships from 1990 to 1995 as a PACE instructor.

 Email: Dontahoe@oakweb.com (summer) Donkauai@msn.com (winter)

Publisher: Flying Cloud Press, 1999, 3rd printing 2001

Ordering Info: Flying Cloud Press, Box 624002, S Lake Tahoe CA 96154 or USS Arizona Memorial, #1 USS Arizona Mem'l Place, Honolulu HI 96818. Price $21.95 + $2.50 S& H. Ten percent discount for USN & USMC veterans or Amazon

Undefeated: "Old Ironsides" in the War of 1812

by Ty Martin

The story of USS Constitution's victorious service in the War of 1812.

Email: timonier@teleplex.net

Publisher: Tryon Publishing Company, 1996 (3rd printing, 2001)

Ordering Info: Amazon

Creating A Legend

by Ty Martin

A detailed description of the designing, construction, and launching of USS Constitution.

Email: timonier@teleplex.net

Publisher: Tryon Publishing Company, 1997 (2nd printing, 2001)

Ordering Info: Amazon

MARTIN P6M SeaMaster

by Stan Piet & Captain Al Raithel, Jr, USN (Ret)  

Martin P6M SeaMaster is the definitive history of the U.S. Navy's last seaplane project to see flight status. This book chronicles the three decades of the Glenn L. Martin Company's seaplane lineage that lead to the post WW II evolution of the High Speed Minelayer seaplane program. Covered are the technical hull achievements along with the politico/military forces that converged to spawn the revolutionary four-jet Marrtin P6M SeaMaster. Full discussion of its design competition, prototype development and crashes, pre-production and production variants along with the details of its weapons systems is featured. Also detailed are the proposed basing concepts and support equipment developments, follow-on designs, including the nuclear-engine proposals, and a complete review of its untimely demise and termination. The 70,000 word softcover volume features 236 pages in 81/2 x 11 landscape format with 12 pages of photos in full color. Over 375 photos and illustrations with 3-views and an inboard profile foldout complete this fascinating but bittersweet story of the end of the U.S. Navy's reliance on the naval flying boat.

Publisher: Martineer Press, 2001

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The USS Constitution's Finest Fight

The edited journal of Acting Chaplain Assheton Y. Humphreys describing Constitution's final war cruise of 1815, including her defeat of HMS Cyane and HMS Levant and her narrow escape from a British squadron.

Email: timonier@teleplex.net

Publisher: Nautical and Aviation Publishing Company, 2000

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Henry Rodgers Ship Model Collection, Video

by Bob Rositzke

"Henry Rodgers Ship Model Collection": Video: A close-up look at one of the largest and most valuable dockyard model collections in the world. These models, constructed from the mid-17th century through the late 19th century, are exact replicas of the British warships that won and preserved an empire. VHS Length: 17:00

Email: bobr@empirevideo.com

Publisher: Empire Video, Inc., 1999

Ordering Info: Call 703-866-1934 VISA/MC $19.95 (plus S& H)

100 Years and Forward, Video

by Bob Rositzke

Collection of stories about four major World War II naval campaigns and the Cold War. This video collection is part of a permanent display at the U.S. Naval Academy Museum. VHS 36:00.

Email: bobr@empirevideo.com

Publisher: Empire Video, Inc., 1998

Ordering Info: Call 703/866-1934. VISA/MC accepted. $15 (plus S& H)

USS Constitution: Living The Legend, Video

by Ty Martin

Describes the ship's unique construction features and takes her through her sailing in July 1997, the first in 116 years.

Email: timonier@teleplex.net

Publisher: Anchors Away, 1997

Run Time: 55 minutes

Ordering Info: Amazon

The Last Lieutenant

by John J. Gobbell

The Japanese siege of Bataan and Corregidor during World War II was one of the worst defeats in U.S. military history. Over 130,000 GIs and Filipinos were slaughtered on this oft-forgotten Pacific front. And if it were not for naval intelligence’s success in breaking the JN-25, the Japanese Navy code, Midway Island would have fallen as well, leaving Hawaii and perhaps even the West Coast of the United States for the taking. THE LAST LIEUTENANT, an unforgettable World War II thriller on part EYE OF THE NEEDLE and one part FROM HERE TO ETERNITY, captures the heart and soul of those who fought to stop worldwide fascism. With the eye for detail of a military historian and the writing skills that have brought comparison to John Le Carré and James Jones, John J. Gobbell takes his place among today’s finest historical thriller writers. THE LAST LIEUTENANT is Todd Ingram. Half-starved and beyond exhaustion, Ingram refuses to give up the fight when General Jonathan Wainwright surrenders Corregidor to the Japanese. As artillery blasts The Rock’s beaches and hillsides, Ingram commandeers a thirty-six foot launch with eleven other desperate men. But only Ingram knows the most dangerous threat of all: that a Nazi spy named Walter Radtke lies undiscovered aboard the submarine U.S.S. Wolfish, the last evacuation submarine off the island. The Nazis knows about Chester Nimitz’s plan to trap the Japanese fleet at Midway and needs just thirty seconds and a radio to get a warning dispatch to Yamamoto. Ingram must track down the spy through miles of Japanese-infested waters and stop him before the tide of the war turns irrevocably to the rising sun. Before Ingram can save himself, Helen Duran, the Army nurse he loves, and his men, he must save his country. Radtke knows that the U.S. navy has cracked the Japanese code and that Commander in Chief Chester Nimitz is planning a trap for the Japanese fleet at Midway. All Radtke needs is a radio and thirty seconds.

email: john@johnjgobbell.com

Publisher: St. Martin's Press, 1995 Hardcover 1997

Ordering Info: Amazon

To Lead and to Serve ... United States Naval Academy, Video

by Bob Rositzke

An inside look at life at the U.S. Naval Academy. Follow Midshipmen as they embark on the voyage of a lifetime. Length: 19:41

Email: bobr@empirevideo.com

Publisher: Empire Video, Inc., 1995

Ordering Info: Call 703-866-1934. VISA/MC accepted. $15 (plus S& H)

A Doctrine Reader: The Navies of United States, Great Britain, France, Italy, and Spain

by James Tritten

Case studies of naval doctrine in UK, France, Spain, Italy and role of doctrine in paradigm shifts and revolutions in military affairs.

Email: jtritten121@comcast.net

Publisher: Naval War College Press, 1995

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Our New National Security Strategy: America Promises to Come Back

by James Tritten

This book is an analysis of President Bush's Regional Defense Strategy first unveiled in Aspen, Colorado, on August 2, 1990. This strategy involves a mix of active, reserve, and reconstitutable forces, and General Colin Powell's Base Force. The new regional defense strategy is based upon the 25 percent budget cut negotiated with Congress, a greatly depleted threat from the former Soviet Union, and a new international security environment that assumes two-year's warning of a European-centered global war.

Ordering Info: Amazon

Email: jtritten121@comcast.net

Publisher: Praeger Publishers, 1992

Reconstituting America's Defense: The New U.S. National Security Strategy

by James Tritten

This book analyzes President Bush's new Regional Defense Strategy--the master plan for guiding the transformation of U.S. defense policy in the post-Cold War era. This book provides the first comprehensive assessment of the new strategy, analyzes the consequences for U.S. forces and alliance relations, and examines the political difficulties of transforming Bush's vision into reality. It explains major changes in U.S. defense doctrine and strategy, force and command structure, future programming requirements, and how such change has been managed.

 Ordering Info: Amazon

Email: jtritten121@comcast.net

Publisher: Praeger Publishers, 1992

Carrier Operations, Vol 4 in series, The Illustrated History of the Vietnam War

by Edward J. Marolda

Yankee Station and Dixie Station . . . just two map coordinates in the South China Sea. But for much of the Vietnam War they were home to thousands of sailors on board the aircraft carriers of the U. S. Seventh Fleet. It was from these offshore oases that U. S. aircraft waged the heaviest bombing campaign in history, sending a rain of fire against the north, providing air support for U. S. troops in the south, and dispatching search and rescue missions to snatch grounded pilots from enemy territory.

Email: marolda.edward@nhc.navy.mil

Publisher: Bantam, 1987

Ordering Info: Amazon, available at large libraries

Soviet Naval Forces and Nuclear Warfare: Weapons, Employment, and Policy

by James Tritten

Interpretation of what the Soviets said they will do in the event of a nuclear war based on formal content analysis of the writings of Admiral Gorshkov and past Soviet ministers of defense and heads of the Politburo. Comparative hardware and exercise analysis. Constructs 3 possible scenarios. Examination of Soviet views on deterrence, strategic goals and missions of the fleet, nuclear targeting, SLOC disruption, tactical nuclear war at sea. Implications for Western defense strategy and arms control.

 Email: jtritten121@comcast.net

Publisher: Westview Press, 1986

Ordering Info: Amazon

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