Francis Duncan, a resident of Bethesda, Maryland, and Navy veteran of World War II, was a government historian for more than twenty years. His earlier book on the admiral, Rickover and the Nuclear Navy, published by the Naval Institute in 1990, focused on the admiral's approach to managing a technical program.

Articles by Francis Duncan

The Struggle to Build a Great Navy

By Francis Duncan
June 1962
In the summer of 1915, President Woodrow Wilson left the sultry heat of Washington to spend several weeks with his family and close friends at Cornish, New Hampshire. There was ...

Mahan—Historian With A Purpose

By Francis Duncan
May 1957
When Alfred Thayer Mahan reported to the newly established Naval War College in 1885 to lecture upon naval strategy, tactics, and history, he was a competent, undistinguished gentleman with nearly ...

Books by Francis Duncan