Dr. Reckner teaches military history at Texas Tech University, where he founded the Vietnam Archive and the Vietnam Center in 1989. He is the author of Teddy Roosevelt’s Great White Fleet (Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1988).

Articles by James Reckner

The ‘New’ Sailor

By James R. Reckner
April 2005
This 1908 photo taken in Sydney, Australia, of an unidentified but “thoroughly modern” young sailor first motivated the author of the book, Teddy Roosevelt’s Great White Fleet, to study enlisted ...
Great White Fleet by John Charles Roach

The Rebirth of the Fleet

By James R. Reckner & Sidebar by David Stevens
December 2007
While the global cruise of the Great White Fleet had far-reaching international consequences, one of the voyage's most important results was to harden the Sailors and ships of the fleet ...