An old tradition has been resurrected. For many years, the Naval Review issue included a feature called Notable Naval Books. Together with a number of recognized authorities from outside the Naval Institute, the editors of the Naval Review selected those books from the previous year deemed to have contributed in some important way to the sea services, as a new information source or by contributing to the intellectual forum that is the hallmark of the Naval Institute.
This year the editors have listened to popular demand and decided to restore this venerated piece to the pages of Proceedings. As before, the list has been compiled, refined, and ultimately decided by a number of people, all of whom are recognized for their perspicacity and for their knowledge of matters pertaining to the sea services. Because this list of books is of course subjective, and because there will undoubtedly be disagreement with the final list, these individuals will remain anonymous. Their contributions, however, are hereby recognized and most appreciated.