On Our Scope

October 2014
It’s no secret the publishing industry is rapidly evolving. That fact was reinforced last week when I flipped open a magazine I subscribe to and read the words “This issue ...

Contributors

October 2014
Lieutenant Commander Claude Berube, U.S. Navy Reserve, teaches at the U.S. Naval Academy, was previously the Chair of the Naval Institute’s Editorial Board, and has written for Proceedings magazine. ...
Author Tom Clancy in 1984

The Making of a Best Seller

By Paul Stillwell
October 2014
This fall marks the 30th anniversary of the Naval Institute Press’s first novel, The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy. It put the Press on the map, led to ...
U.S. Naval Institute Photo Archive

In Contact

October 2014
Continually in Harm’s WayCaptain William Manthorpe, U.S. Navy (Retired)Robert Cressman’s “Historic Fleets” column “‘Prepared for the Work of War’” (August, pp. 14–15) was an excellent tribute to the ...
U.S. Navy (Tim Comerford)

Naval History News

October 2014
NHHC Director Retires After Spearheading ChangesOn 27 June Captain Henry J. Hendrix, director of the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC), retired after two years in the position during a ...
U.S. Naval Institute Photo Archive

Historic Aircraft - A Most Versatile Aircraft

By Norman Polmar
October 2014
The Beech Aircraft Corporation’s commercial Model 18, or “Twin Beech,” may have flown with more U.S. military designations and names than any other aircraft. Beginning in 1940, almost 6,000 of ...
Library of Congress

War Visits the Chesapeake

By Charles E. Brodine Jr.
October 2014
When the United States invaded Canada in the summer of 1812, it was choosing the one theater where it could bring its greatest military asset (manpower) to bear on its ...
National Museum of the Marine Corps Art Collection

Last Stand at Bladensburg

By Chipp Reid
October 2014
U.S. Marine Corps Private Charles Dechard stood next Captain Samuel Miller, watching with a mixture of horror and rage as the American army defending Washington, D.C., disintegrated around them. Everywhere, ...
Courtesy of the Author

'God, Preserve Them!'

By Scott S. Sheads
October 2014
In Baltimore’s War of 1812 military annals, no other naval or military corps equaled the services of veteran sea captain George Stiles and his Fells Point naval militia corps, the ...

Defending the Prize of the Chesapeake

By Scott S. Sheads
October 2014
Two weeks after the British defeated American forces at Bladensburg, Maryland, and destroyed much of Washington, D.C., the invaders looked toward Baltimore—the prize of the Chesapeake and source of many ...
Navy Art Collection, Naval History and Heritage Command

The Navy's Gallant Sentries

By Michael D. Hull
October 2014
Then, all hell suddenly broke loose as waves of Japanese planes swept in from a cloudless sky to attack the battleships, cruisers, and destroyers moored around Ford Island and in ...
U.S. Naval Institute Photo Archive

The Pueblo Scapegoat

By Jack Cheevers
October 2014
When Commander Lloyd M. “Pete” Bucher surrendered his ship, the USS Pueblo (AGER-2), to North Korean gunboats in 1968, he became one of the most notorious figures in U.S. Navy ...
Brooklyn Navy Yard

The Crucible of Naval Enlightenment

By Lieutenant Commander Claude Berube, U.S. Navy Reserve
October 2014
From the time of its establishment in 1798 until 1815, the U.S. Navy participated in three wars, which limited its secretaries from doing much more than reacting to short-term threats. ...

Book Reviews

October 2014
Kentucky Marine: Major General Logan Feland and the Making of the Modern USMCDavid J. Bettez. University Press of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, 2014. 367 pp. Biblio. Index. Notes. $26.Reviewed ...
J.M. Caiella

Pieces of the Past

October 2014
Functional Folk Art Department: This beautiful, intricately embroidered seabag has a Bayeux Tapestry–like quality of offering something new to the observer with each viewing. Sailors of old transformed their requisite ...