A selection of books of interest recently received at our editorial office, as described by their publishers:
Wray, Robert O., Jr. Saltwater Leadership: A Primer on Leadership for the Junior Sea-Service Officer. Annapolis, Md.: Naval Institute Press, 2013. 204pp. $22.95
Designed for busy junior officers in the U.S. Navy, Coast Guard, and merchant marine, this primer teaches the basics of leadership in five focused, sequential steps, beginning with an overview of major leadership studies, followed by an informative summary of the wisdom of 380 senior seagoing officers. Along with this sage advice, the final chapter helps readers build personalized plans to improve their own leadership skills.
Winslow, Richard E., III. “A Race of Shipbuilders”: The Hanscoms of Eliot, Maine. Portsmouth, N.H.: Portsmouth Marine Society, 2013. 305pp. $35
In the 1600s, members of the Hanscom family settled in the Kittery/Eliot area of Maine as British colonial subjects in the New World. Over a period of three hundred years, a number of their descendants became nationally known shipbuilders and naval constructors. This book describes their successes, accomplishments, trials, and tribulations in forging their imprint on the maritime, marine, and naval worlds.
MARINE CORPS UNIVERSITY: HORNER CHAIR OF MILITARY THEORY
The Marine Corps University (MCU), in Quantico, Virginia, is seeking applicants for the Major General Matthew C. Horner Chair of Military Theory for academic year 2014–15. The chair provides the Marine Corps University a resident scholar with expertise in military history, national security affairs, international relations, or the military arts. In addition to leading seminars at the university’s colleges, the Horner Chair teaches a graduate-level elective at the university’s Command and Staff College. Additionally, the incumbent will be expected to conduct significant research that will lead to the publication of professional papers, monograph, or a major publication.
The Horner Chair of Military Theory is a one-year appointment, with an option for a second year. The position begins with the academic year commencing 8 July 2014; the one-year appointment ends 30 June 2015. To be eligible, candidates must demonstrate a strong record of scholarship in an applicable field. An earned doctorate is desired but not mandatory.
Applications should arrive no later than 13 January 2014. To receive full consideration, applicants should submit curriculum vitae, official transcripts, and three letters of recommendation to MCU_HornerChair@usmc.mil, or by mail to Marine Corps University, Academic Chair Search Committee, Attn: Dr. Kim Florich (VPAA), 2076 South Street, Quantico, Va. 22314-5068.
The Marine Corps University is located thirty-five miles south of Washington, D.C. MCU is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC). The Marine Corps University Foundation (MCUF), also located in Quantico, will compensate all aspects of the academic chair. For additional information on MCU or MCUF, please visit www.mcu.usmc.mil or www.mcuf.org.
Inquiries may be sent to MCU_HornerChair@usmc.mil. The Marine Corps University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
BRIGADIER GENERAL JAMES L. COLLINS, JR., BOOK PRIZE IN MILITARY HISTORY
The U.S. Commission on Military History announces the 2013 Brigadier General James L. Collins, Jr., Book Prize in Military History. The prize entails a $1,000 award for the author of any nationality of the best book written in English on any field of military history published during 2012. The Book Prize Committee, chaired by Dr. Edward J. Marolda, will review the submitted books and select a winner to recommend to the USCMH Board of Trustees. Topics in all periods and all aspects of military history, including naval and air warfare, will be considered. Books for consideration by the Collins Prize Committee must be submitted by 30 December 2013, one copy each to the following:
USCMH Collins Prize, c/o Dr. Edward J. Marolda, 15570 Golf Club Drive, Dumfries, Va., 22025
USCMH Collins Prize, c/o Dr. Jeffrey Clarke, 1011 North Van Dorn Street, Alexandria, Va., 22304
USCMH Collins Prize, c/o Dr. Kelly DeVries, 1170 Crab Walk, Charleston, S.C., 29412.
Upon notification from the selection committee, the Collins Prize will be presented at the USCMH Annual General Meeting, usually held in early November. For further information contact the Collins Prize Committee Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org or Edward.Marolda@navy.mil.
“STRATEGY AND THE SEA”: AN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE IN HONOR OF PROFESSOR JOHN B. HATTENDORF
Hosted by All Souls College, Oxford, 10–12 April 2014, the conference will bring together academics and naval professionals to celebrate John B. Hattendorf’s distinguished career and leading role in expanding the field of maritime history. This international gathering of research students, senior military representatives, and recognized authorities presents a unique opportunity to discuss cutting-edge naval history research that challenges traditional perspectives, pushes disciplinary boundaries, and asks innovative questions. For further information, see www.oxfordnavalconference.co.uk/.