Naval War College Review


John Lehman, former secretary of the Navy and author of Command of the Seas (1988), has with this book produced a masterful outline of “the grandeur of the American naval tradition.” The truest examples of this “grandeur” are “best found in its people, fighting sailors, technical innovators and inspiring leaders.” From John Paul Jones and the Revolutionary War to the six-hundred-ship fleet of the Cold War, John Lehman brings us a wonderful episodic view of the U.S. Navy’s people and ships, and their collective contribution to the strength and character of the nation they have served.