As in previous years, the list of notable naval books for 2009 was compiled, refined, and ultimately decided by a number of people, all of whom are widely recognized for their knowledge of matters pertaining to the Sea Services. Because this list of books is subjective and consequently may cause some disagreement, these individuals will remain anonymous. Their contributions, however, are hereby recognized and most appreciated.
The list again includes only those books published in the previous calendar year and is restricted to a maximum of 20. The basic criterion for selection is that the book must contribute to the edification of naval professionals in some meaningful way. In many cases these books contribute by expanding our knowledge of a certain subject; in others they serve to stimulate discussion and debate; and occasionally a book comes along that contributes by inspiring or by adding to our basic understanding of who and what we are.