He is the author of the revised and newly released Command of the Seas (Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2001) and On Seas of Glory (New York: The Free Press, 2001). Ronald Reagan's first Secretary of the Navy talked recently at U.S. Naval Institute headquarters with Naval History Editor Fred L. Schultz about his books and his public service. For his thoughts on the current state of military affairs and the ongoing operations in Afghanistan, see the December 2001 issue of the Naval Institute's Proceedings magazine.
Naval History: What made you decide to write books?
Lehman: When I finished my tour as Secretary of the Navy, I wanted to set down my thoughts and lessons learned while they were still fresh, so I could put them on a shelf and get on with the rest of my life. It was great therapy.
'Captivated by the American Spirit'
An Interview with John Lehman