This year's notable naval books remind us of the reality of war in its various forms. Collectively, they provide a rough chronology of our nation's history and the role that conflict has played—in both our survival and our development. Individually, they testify to the many facets of war, advising us that low-intensity conflict and contingency operations are not new concepts; warning us that these forms of "limited war" also come with a tariff of human sacrifice; assuring us that Americans have a long history of meeting all manner of challenges; and reminding us that cold wars do not always melt away, but sometimes ignite into major conflagrations.
Notable Naval Books of 1996
By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler U.S. Navy (Retired)