BOOK REVIEW | China’s Maritime Gray Zone Operations

Edited by Andrew S. Erickson and Ryan D. Martinson

It is very unfortunate that this important book is very unlikely to be read by President Donald Trump, his Cabinet and their leading underlings. If it were, there would be far less childish sabre-rattling and time and economy wasting school yard-like pushing and shoving.

BOOK REVIEW | Silver State Dreadnought: The Remarkable Story of Battleship Nevada

By Stephen M Younger

Laid down in 1912, USS Nevada was the world’s first “superdreadnought”; America’s first oil-fuelled warship; the first to have a triple-gun main turret; and, the first to be fitted with “all or nothing” armour. She was a mighty ship that fought in both the First and Second World Wars and served until she was destroyed as a gunnery target in 1948. 

BOOK REVIEW | The Boat that Won the War – An Illustrated History of the Higgins LCVP

By Charles C Roberts Jr

More than 23,000 Landing Craft Vehicle Personnel (LCVP) or “Higgins Boats” were built during World War II. General Dwight Eisenhower, who presided over history’s greatest ever amphibious invasion, called them “the boat that won the war”. The author of this fine book is clearly besotted with them. He even owns a fully restored example that he keeps in his own private museum.

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