The format of the Eight Bells Lecture Series has the author speaking about 40-45 minutes on the topic of his book and the facts leading to its publication. The last 15-20 minutes are given over for audience members to ask questions on the topic. Those who are able to remain after the allotted hour can stay and discuss the book further and have the book signed. Copies of the books are on sale in the Naval War College Foundation Gift Shop. As always, this event is a brown-bag affair which is free and open to the public.
22 August - Indians, Rogues and Giants by Leif HerrGesell
Indians, Rogues and Giants
is one soldier's journey set amidst the fledgling cities and on the bloody frontier of colonial America. The story boasts a cast of characters worthy of “The Great Bard” himself. If you yearn for a rum tale told in the flickering shadows by the fire, go no farther--between these pages lie deceit, murder, treasure and lust with just a hint of redemption.
12 September - 8 Bells - Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton: Six Characteristics of High-Performance Teams by Taylor Kiland and Peter Fretwell
Why were the American POWs imprisoned at the "Hanoi Hilton" so resilient in captivity and so successful in their subsequent careers? This book presents six principles practiced within the POW organizational culture that can be used to develop high-performance teams everywhere. The authors offer examples from both the POWs' time in captivity and their later professional lives that identify, in real-life situations, the characteristics necessary for sustainable, high-performance teamwork.
19 September 2013: Athenia Torpedoed by Dr. Francis Carroll.
The book attempts to develop two major themes. One is the extent to which the sinking of this civilian ship within eight and a half hours after the British declaration of war on 3 September 1939 shaped policy in Britain, Canada, and the United States, engaging Winston S. Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and William Lyon Mackenzie King, among others. The second is the dramatic rescue of 1,306 passengers and crew, involving neutral Norway and Ireland, a private yacht and an American freighter, and the Royal Navy, as well as such figures as Ambassador to Great Britain Joseph Kennedy and young John F. Kennedy.
26 September 2013: Oliver Hazard Perry in the Temple of Fame by Stephanie Ocko.
This is a book about the times of OHP. It provides brief descriptions of the key players during his lifetime, as well as the victory at Lake Erie and its aftermath.
3 October 2013: Congo: The Miserable Expeditions and Dreadful Death of LT Emory Taunt, USN by Andy Jampoler
A young naval officer is given the mission to explore the Congo River in May 1885 and tasked with reporting on opportunities for American business interests. The trip which had started out with such great promise and hope for wealth ended with bankruptcy, disgrace, and, ultimately, death.
17 October 2013: Hero of the Angry Sky: The World War I Diary and Letters of David S.Ingalls, America's First Naval Ace by Geoffrey L. Rossano and William F. Trimble (Feb 5, 2013)
Hero of the Angry Sky
draws on the unpublished diaries, correspondence, informal memoir, and other personal documents of the U.S. Navy’s only flying “ace” of World War I to tell his unique story. This edited collection of Ingalls’s writing details the career of the U.S. Navy’s most successful combat flyer from that conflict. While Ingalls’s wartime experiences are compelling at a personal level, they also illuminate the larger, but still relatively unexplored, realm of early U.S. naval aviation.
24 October 2013: Circle of Treason: A CIA Account of Traitor Aldrich Ames and the Men He Betrayed by Sandy Grimes
Written by two of the CIA principals involved in identifying Ames as a Soviet mole and one of the most destructive traitors in American history, this book is also the first to provide details of the operational contact with the agents Ames betrayed, as well as similar cases with which the authors also had personal involvement—a total of sixteen operational histories in all.
7 November 2013: Intelligence and Surprise Attack: Failure and Success from Pearl Harbor to 9/11 and Beyond by Erik J. Dahl
Why do surprise attacks often succeed even though, in most cases, warnings had been available beforehand? Challenging conventional wisdom which holds that attacks succeed because important warnings get lost amid noise or because intelligence officials lack the imagination, Dahl finds that the key to success is better acquisition of precise, tactical-level intelligence combined with the presence of decision makers who are willing to listen to and act on the warnings they receive from their intelligence staff.
14 November 2013: The Marines Take Anbar: The Four Year Fight Against Al Qaeda by Professor Richard Schultz
Considered a major turning point in the Iraq War, this campaign helped to alter the course of events and set the stage for the surge in Baghdad the following year. Looking at the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force (1 MEF), the author details how the Marines adapted and improvised, learning from the hard lessons of past mistakes.
21 November 2013: Invasion Stripes: The Wartime Diary of Captain Robert Uhrig, USAAF and the Dawn of American Military Airlift by Brian Dudley
This is the biography of US Army Air Forces Captain Robert Uhrig during WWII. Told in his own words from extensive diary entries and letters to his wife, the story starts in the late 1930s at Patterson Field, Ohio, and follows Bob through the war as an aircraft mechanic and then Engineering Officer for the 36th Troop Carrier Squadron and their Douglas C-47s.
5 December 2013: The Battle of Midway: The Naval Institute Guide to the U.S. Navy’s Greatest Victory edited by Thomas C. Hone
This edited collection is an anthology of memoirs, oral histories, articles and other relevant government documents focusing on events leading up to the battle, the battle, and follow-on interpretations of the events. Tom Hone is a former faculty member of the Naval War College.
12 December 2013: 21st Century Mahan: Sound Military Conclusions for a Modern Era by LCDR B.J. Armstrong
Alfred Thayer Mahan's The Influence of Seapower upon History
is well known to students of naval history and strategy, but his other writings are often dismissed as irrelevant to today's problems. This collection of five of Mahan's essays, along with Benjamin Armstrong's informative introductions, illustrates why Mahan's work remains relevant to the 21st century and how it can help develop our strategic thinking. Armstrong's analysis is derived directly from Mahan's own writings. From the challenges of bureaucratic organization and the pit falls of staff duty, to the development of global strategy and fleet composition, to illustrations of effective combat leadership, Armstrong demonstrates that Mahan's ideas continue to provide today's readers with a solid foundation to address the challenges of a rapidly globalizing world.
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