The format of the Eight Bells Lecture Series has the author speaking about 40-45 minutes on the topic of his book and the facts leading to its publication. The last 15-20 minutes are given over for audience members to ask questions on the topic. Those who are able to remain after the allotted hour can stay and discuss the book further and have the book signed. Copies of the books are on sale in the Naval War College Foundation Gift Shop. As always, this event is a brown-bag affair which is free and open to the public. For those without Department of Defense ID cards, please call the Museum at least one work day in advance at 841-2101 to make reservations for any of these events or to visit the Museum.
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8 September - Andrew Erickson and Lyle Goldstein – Chinese Aerospace Power
The fifth book in the series Studies in Chinese Maritime Development, Professors Erickson and Goldstein have edited a series of articles that evaluate the Chinese aerospace development and the resulting implications for U.S. maritime strategy. The book is a comprehensive survey of those developments and their potential significance to that strategy.
19 September - David Ulbrich - Preparing for Victory
This is the biography of General Thomas Holcomb, Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps from 1936 – 1943. A combat veteran, progressive manager, politician, visionary, he was the right man in the right place to prepare the Marine Corps for its expansion into the elite amphibious fighting force it became in World War II.
29 September - AMB J. William Middendorf II – Potomac Fever: A Memoir of Politics and Public Service
Ambassador Middendorf details his career in business, politics, and service to his country. Easily read, this book offers keen insights and revealing commentaries into the times and many personalities that shared this political stage.
6 October - James Bussert and Bruce Elleman – People’s Liberation Army Navy
Providing a look at the combat systems technologies on Chinese warships, this book documents the evolution of the Chinese Navy from the Communist takeover to the present day and its state-of-the-art fleet. The book provides specific and detailed descriptions of the platforms, weapons, and infrastructure while looking at both strengths and weaknesses within the system.
13 October - Dr. Larrie Ferreiro – Measure of the Earth: The Enlightenment Expedition that Reshaped the World
This work traces the 1735 expedition to Peru to determine the shape of the earth. Scheduled to be three to four years in length, the Geodesic Mission to the Equator lasted nearly ten years and proved the earth was oblate and that Newton was correct in his theory on the shape of the earth. An interesting yet complicated journey that is explained in understandable detail.
18 October – Ben Runkle: Wanted Dead or Alive: Manhunts from Geronimo to Bin Laden
Early May 2011, in a dramatic late-night appearance at the White House, President Obama declared that “justice has been done” as he announced that Osama bin Laden was dead. Although this daring raid marked the end of the longest strategic manhunt in American history, bin Laden was not the first individual targeted as the objective of a military campaign. From Geronimo to Pancho Villa, to Manuel Noriega, to Saddam Hussein, the United States has deployed military forces to kill or capture a single person nearly a dozen times since 1885. Part military history, part action thriller, and part strategic policy analysis, Wanted Dead or Alive chronicles the extraordinary efforts of the military and intelligence agencies to bring America’s enemies to justice.
3 November - Dr. William "Bill" Morgan - Pacific Gibraltar
Based on new material and a sweeping reevaluation of existing sources in the U.S., Japan, and Hawai`i, Pacific Gibraltar is the first major account of the annexation of Hawai`i, the initial episode of U.S. overseas imperialism, in a generation. The book clarifies murky episodes in the story of annexation, such as USS Boston's mysterious return to Honolulu in time to land Sailors and Marines during the Hawaiian Revolution, President Cleveland's failed attempt to restore Queen Lili'uokalani, and the growing threat to the white rebel government from burgeoning Japanese immigration.
10 November - Ian Toll – Pacific Crucible
On the first Sunday in December 1941, an armada of Japanese warplanes appeared suddenly over Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and devastated the U.S. Pacific Fleet. Six months later, in a sea fight north of the tiny atoll of Midway, four Japanese aircraft carriers were sent into the abyss. Pacific Crucible tells the epic tale of these first searing months of the Pacific war, when the U.S. Navy shook off the worst defeat in American military history and seized the strategic initiative.
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17 November - Mike Matheny – Carrying the War to the Enemy: American Operational Art to 1945
Military commanders turn tactics into strategic victory by means of “operational art,” the knowl¬edge and creative imagination commanders and staff employ in designing, synchronizing, and con¬ducting battles and major operations to achieve strategic goals. Michael R. Matheny looks at the evolution of U.S. military thinking at the operational level and shows that it was at this operational level, particularly in mounting joint and combined operations, that senior American commanders excelled—and laid a foundation for their country’s victory in World War II.
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8 December – Kevin McCranie – Utmost Gallantry
Focusing on the oceanic war rather than the war in the Great Lakes, this study charts the War of 1812 from the perspectives of the two opposing navies at sea—one of the largest fleets in the world and a small, upstart navy just three decades old. While American naval leadership searched for a means of contesting Britain’s naval dominance, the English sought to destroy the U.S. Navy and protect its oceanic highways.