MAHAN—THE LIFE AND WORK OF CAPTAIN ALFRED THAYER MAHAN, U.S.N.
By Captain W. D. Puleston, U.S.N. New Haven: Yale University Press. 1939. 380 pages. $4.00.
Reviewed by Captain R.B. Coffey, U. S. Navy
In the 30 years following the Civil War, the Navy of the United States fell into a decline. There were no active operations nor preparedness activities sufficient to call forth merit at sea. With few exceptions, the officers succumbed to a deadly routine, ashore and afloat, characterized by ultraconservatism. It was a time that called for a prophet, and Captain Alfred T. Mahan, U. S. Navy, answered that call with great benefit to his country and fame to himself.