In the long history of civilization, a few books have proved the old adage—"the pen is mightier than the sword"—by influencing thought in such a way as to change the course of history. The Confessions of Saint Augustine, Saint Thomas Aquinas's Summa Theologica, and Martin Luther's The Ninety-Five Theses changed the very nature of Christianity. Galileo Galilei's Dialogue on the Two World Systems, Isaac Newton's Principia,and Charles Darwin's The Origin of Species had similar effects on scientific thought. And Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin and Richard Henry Dana's Two Years Before the Mast had great social impact by bringing to the public's attention the horrors of slavery and the barbarity of seagoing corporal punishment, respectively.
Notable Naval Books of 1994
By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)