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Book Review: Front Burner, by Kirk S. Lippold

In Front Burner, Kirk Lippold, former commander of the guided missile destroyer USS Cole, reviews the October 2000 terrorist strike on his vessel in Aden, Yemen, and the aftermath, both military and personal.
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Miracle Men of Midway

The American victory at Midway had more to do with bold leaders than lucky breaks
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Book Review: Neptune’s Inferno

Neptune’s Inferno The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal By James D. Hornfischer. 516 pp. Random House, 2011. $30. In the cauldron of the 1942 Guadalcanal Campaign, the role of the U.S. Navy’s surface...
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Constitution vs. Guerrière: America’s Coming Out Party

In August 1812, Captain Isaac Hull in the American frigate Constitution dismasted the Royal Navy's Guerrière in a resounding victory that helped the U.S. Navy hold its own for nearly three years against the mightiest sea power on earth.
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Gideon Welles Blockades Charleston Harbor

The one-way voyage of the Stone Fleet: An aging armada sets course to become an obstacle There may not have been a less impressive fleet in the entire history of the American Navy. The ships were old, long...
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Two Comprehensive Volumes on the Battle of Norway

The German Invasion of Norway April 1940 By Geirr H. Haarr. 474 pp. Naval Institute Press, 2009. $49.95. The Battle for Norway April-June 1940 By Geirr H. Haarr. 458 pp. Naval Institute Press, 2009....
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Jihad By Sea

In ad 655 the emperor Constans II confronted a new and surprising threat to his Byzantine Empire. For years, armies of Arabs had overrun the empire’s southern provinces in Egypt, Palestine, and Syria. Having defeated the Sassanid Empire, they dominated the Middle East and had even reached the gates of Constantinople before being driven back. But now these desert warriors had taken to the sea.
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Bloody Field at Champion’s Hill

After three months of frustration, Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant in May 1863 succeeded in getting his army onto the east bank of the Mississippi River in the rear of the fortress city of Vicksburg. In a lightning campaign Grant’s army defeated Confederate detachments at Port Gibson on May 1, Raymond on May 12, and Jackson on May 14, neutralizing the Mississippi capital as a Confederate base for the relief of Vicksburg. Then he turned toward Vicksburg itself.