RE: Christmas Books

December 2008


Jimbo … Shipmate … you’re coming late to the game unless people run out to the local Books-by-the-ton … but you are exactly right on the best present you can give – books!

Over at the home blog, earlier this month we did a series of book recommendations – some overlap with yours, but some other goodies as well.

We started out with long time commenter Sid’s Top-5:

Eight Bells (Original title: Eight Bells and All’s Well), by RADM Daniel V. Gallery.

South From Corregidor, by then LCDR John Morrill.

The Spirit of the Sammy B, a short oral history chronicling the not quite six month life of the Samuel B. Roberts by her skipper, RADM Robert Copeland.

One Hundred Days: The Memoirs of the Falklands Battle Group Commander, by Admiral Sandy Woodward.

The Heroes’ Wife, by Dora Griffin Bell.

At the link, Sid provides some good background and prose to go with it.

We then followed up with another half dozen from other readers and fellow bloggers Eagle1, and Galrahn.

Six Frigates, by Ian W. Toll.

Japanese Destroyer Captain: Pearl Harbor, Guadalcanal, Midway – The Great Naval Battles As Seen Through Japanese Eyes, by CAPT Tameichi Hara.

The Line Upon a Wind: The Great War at Sea, 1793-1815, by Noel Mostert.

Sheriff of Ramadi, by Dick Couch.

Two-Ocean War: A Short History of the United States Navy in the Second World War, by Samuel Eliot Morison.

The Strongest Tribe: War, Politics, and the Endgame in Iraq, by Bing West.

More recommendations are in the comments.

Books …. of course one should scan the USNI library first …. books … if ignorance is bliss; I don’t want to be happy.

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  • DJ Elliott

    You left out “Cap’n Fatso”, also by RADM Daniel V. Gallery.

  • Every Sailor (and damn near every serviceman) should read “The Two Ocean War” on at least an annual basis.

    Every Naval Officer should take the time to read the entire 15 volume set.

  • CDR, Agreed. While I thought I was good all year, I only had 49 percent of the vote on the matter. If I had posted much sooner I would have ended up with a lump of coal thus the delay. I will be less risk adverse next year….

  • Byron

    Jim, the lower decks should stand the Captain before the mast and demand their rights 😉

    I read all 16 volumes of Morisson before my 16th birthday. I still haven’t forgiven my mother for throwing them away after I got married to She Who Must Not Be Named.

  • Find out more about the 12 Days of Christmas Festival at the Docklands. Renee Dog

  • Byron

    Finally got a spammer. Must suck not to have a life.

  • A membership to the U.S. Naval Institute is a good gift.

  • Byron

    And by way of CDR Salamander, Greyhawk (and myself) recommend this:

    The Last Centurion, by John Ringo

    Given my (for a civilian) eclectic taste in military books, I give this the highest recommendation I know of: Once you start, you won’t want to stop till it’s done. Read the comments to learn more. And by the way, Ringo is the antithesis of a “liberal”