BOOK REVIEW – In the Shadow of Greatness: Voices of Leadership, Sacrifice, and Service from America’s Longest War

By Joshus Welle, John Ennis, Katherine Kranz, and Graham Plaster, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD (2012)

Reviewed by Stephen Phillips

All midshipmen realize that they have volunteered for service. However, as they started the fall semester of their senior year, the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 2002 could not have predicted that they would become junior officers in the next global war. In the Shadow of Greatness: Voices of Leadership, Sacrifice, and Service from America’s Longest War is their story written in their words. The Class of 2002 discusses leadership, personal trials, and an insider’s view of the war on terrorism at the tactical level.

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On 27 March, 1794 Congress authorized the construction of 6 frigates for the U.S. Navy. The frigates were: United States, Constellation, Constitution, Chesapeake, Congress, and President. This spar and rigging plan for Constitution was created during her early 20th century restoration. More plan views are available here.

BOOK REVIEW – The United States Coast Guard and National Defense: A History from World War I to the Present

By Thomas P. Ostrom., McFarland & Company, Jefferson, NC. (2012).

Reviewed by Charles H. Bogart

Anyone interested in the United States Coast Guard will want to read this well-written and researched book. The book consists of fifteen chapters and three appendices. Each chapter and appendices is a stand-alone article on the history of the Coast Guard or a report on current Coast Guard operations.

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BOOK REVIEW – Captured: The Forgotten Men of Guam

By Roger Mansell, Edited by Linda Goetz Holmes, Naval Institute Press, 2012.

Reviewed by Nathan Albright

A labor of love for Roger Mansell that extended ten years, edited after his death by historian Linda Goetz (known for her writings on the POW experience in the Pacific War), this book stands as a harrowing tale of the POW experience of the men of Guam. The genesis of this stark tale is the author’s interviews of POWs and the realization that no book-length treatment had ever dealt with the men of Guam, whose experience had been largely forgotten between the events of Pearl Harbor and Wake Island and in the later horrors of the Bataan Death March. This book fills that void and serves as a lasting tribute to the memory of the brave men in harm’s way who paid the price for our nation’s unpreparedness and survived a cruel and barbaric captivity at the hand of sadistic Japanese.

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BOOK REVIEW – Great Lakes Warships, 1812-1815

By Mark Lardas, Osprey Publishing, Oxford, United Kingdom (2010)

Reviewed by Diana L. Ahmad, Ph.D.

For a book of only forty-eight pages, this publication provides an excellent overview of the Great Lakes ships of the War of 1812. An amateur historian, the author, Mark Lardas, trained as a Naval Architecture and Marine Engineer, but worked at the Johnson Space Center for a time. Lardas devotes as much time to describing the vessels as he does to explaining the battles in which the ships participated.

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Call for Papers: 2013 International Graduate Student Conference on the Cold War

The George Washington University Cold War Group (GWCW), The Center for Cold War Studies (CCWS) of the University of California at Santa Barbara, and the LSE IDEAS Cold War Studies Programme of the London School of Economics and Political Science (CWSP) are pleased to announce their 2013 International Graduate Student Conference on the Cold War, to take place at the George Washington University on April 25-27, 2013. To be considered, each prospective participant should submit a two-page proposal and a brief academic c.v. (in Word or pdf format) to GW’s Institute for European and Eurasian Studies ( by January 31, 2013.

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BOOK REVIEW – The War at Sea, A Naval Atlas, 1939-1945

By Marcus Faulkner, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD. (2012).

Reviewed by Mitchell Yockelson, Ph.D.

The War At Sea: A Naval Atlas, 1939-1945, is a mammoth undertaking. Within its 275 pages author Marcus Faulkner covers most of the naval engagements of the Second World War, as well as amphibious landings, convoys, sieges, skirmishes and sinking’s with detailed color maps and a brief narrative within each entry. Naval historian Andrew Lambert introduces the atlas with a lengthy essay on the impact of sea power prior to and during World War II and suggests that “for all of the fighting on land, the extensive bombing objectives, and even the use of atomic weapons in 1945, the outcome of the Second World War was settled by allied control of global oceanic communications.”

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On 25 October 1812 United States Frigate United States, commanded by Captain Stephen Decatur, captured HMS Macedonian off Madeira. This painting by Arthur N. Disney, Sr., shows the action with Macedonian dismasted and taking fire from United States. NHHC image NH 49848-KN.

50th Anniversary Cuban Missile Crisis Conference And Book Signing With Sergei Khrushchev

Dr. Sergei Khrushchev, son of Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev and author of “Nikita Khrushchev and the Creation of a Superpower” will provide the keynote address. Pulitzer Prize winning author and GMU History Professor Martin J. Sherwin and Michael Dobbs, author of “One Minute to Midnight” will lead a roundtable discussion following Khrushchev’s remarks.

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Call for Papers: From Enemies to Allies – An International Conference on the War of 1812 and its Aftermath

June 12-16, 2013, United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland

Submission Guidelines:
Call for Papers Opens: July 1, 2012
Online Call for Papers Available: July 1, 2012
Final Submission Deadline: February 1, 2013

Conference Theme:
The Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission, the United States Naval Academy, and the United States Navy’s Naval History and Heritage Command will co-host a War of 1812 Bicentennial Conference at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, from June 12 to June 16, 2013. The purpose of the conference is to recognize the historic importance of the war to the peoples involved and the changes it wrought in domestic and international affairs. Its title, From Enemies to Allies: An International Conference on the War of 1812 and its Aftermath, shows its implications are both broad and deep.

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