Tag Archives: naval history

Book Review: Piracy In The Ancient World

Piracy In The Ancient World:  An Essay In Mediterranean History, by Henry A. Ormerod While a great many people get worked up about piracy in the modern world, piracy in the ancient world is something that does not get a … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Treatise On The Relative Rights And Duties Of Belligerent And Neutral Powers In Maritime Affairs

A Treatise On The Relative Rights And Duties Of Belligerent And Neutral Powers In Maritime Affairs, by Robert Ward I disagreed with a lot of the argument of this book.  But in many ways the argument of the book is … Continue reading

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The Right Thing Done The Wrong Way Is Still The Wrong Thing

I have pondered for the last several days the brouhaha that has developed over the actions and response to those actions relating to the former captain of an American aircraft carrier who released an insecure message about the health concerns … Continue reading

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Book Review: Conquerors

Conquerors:  How Portugal Forged The First Global Empire, by Roger Crowley This book sits in a bit of an uncanny valley when it comes to its material and approach.  In a different age, this book would feel comfortable simply praising … Continue reading

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Book Review: Sir Francis Drake

Sir Francis Drake (The British Library Historic Lives), by Peter Whitfield This book could have been so much better than it was.  Sir Francis Drake is nothing if not a contentious figure, not least given the way in which his … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Civil War Military Machine

The Civil War Military Machine:  Weapons And Tactics Of The Union And Confederate Armed Forces, by Ian Drury & Tony Gibbons This book was an easy one to appreciate, and is likely one that would be appreciated by any others … Continue reading

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Book Review: Looking For A Ship

Looking For A Ship, by John McPhee When one has read enough books from someone, one can get at least a hint into some interests that the author particularly has, and this book demonstrates the importance of logistics and the … Continue reading

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Book Review: The First Salute

The First Salute:  A View Of The American Revolution, by Barbara W. Tuchman I must say that I was rather impressed with this book, not least in the way that Tuchman managed to demonstrate the importance of the Caribbean and … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Battle Of Salamis

The Battle Of Salamis:  The Naval Encounter that Saved Greece–And Western Civilization, by Barry Strauss One can tell the sort of subject matter that an author is expert in by what they see as “saving western civilization,” and this author … Continue reading

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Book Review: Cold Front

Cold Front:  Conflict Ahead In Arctic Waters, by David Fairhall It would be fair to say that the author is at least a bit too concerned about global warming, because even he recognizes that it is unlikely to be an … Continue reading

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