Naval War College Review


What history buff could possibly resist the subtitle “Five Naval Battles That Shaped American History”? Those so enticed will not be disappointed in Craig Symond’s exceptionally well writ- ten and fascinating accounts of these American naval battles: Oliver Hazard Perry’s far-reaching victory over the British in the 10 September 1813 battle for Lake Erie; the 8–9 March 1862 bat- tle of Hampton Roads (which ended in a draw) between America’s first iron- clad ships, USS Monitor and CSS Vir- ginia; the 1 May 1898 battle of Manila Bay; the 4 June 1942 battle of Midway; and the 18 April 1988 Operation PRAY- ING MANTIS in the Persian Gulf.