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Ordinarily, book reviews are specifically requested from, and review copies are provided to, reviewers with whose work we are already familiar. If you would like to become one of our reviewers, prepare (according to the guidelines below) a review of a book you already own that you believe we might choose to review (please write, call, fax, or e-mail the book review editor to verify your selection), and submit it to:

Book Review Editor
Code 322
Naval War College
686 Cushing Road
Newport, RI 02841-1207

It is the policy of the Naval War College Review that in submitting a book review (solicited or unsolicited) the reviewer warrants that it is original, that it is the reviewer's property, and that it has neither been published nor submitted for publication elsewhere.

Content

Reviews should answer the following questions:

  • What type of book is it--biography, memoir, history, etc.?
  •  Briefly, what does the book say?
  • How authoritative is the book? What are the author's credentials?
  • What are the book's special attractions, flaws, or other features?
  • What is the book's value to the national security community?

Format

Submissions must be typewritten; they should be double or triple-spaced. We prefer they be accompanied by a floppy or diskette bearing the data file in any Windows or MS-DOS software.

A heading with pertinent information about the book should be included with the text. For example:

Draper, Mildred, ed. Eric the Great. Univ. Park: Pennsylvania State Univ. Press, 1993. 1,100pp. $95

Length

The requested length of each review is an upper limit based on the anticipated space available (usually no more than 500 words). The Naval War College Press staff will edit, and, if necessary, shorten the text as required by house style and other factors. Our standard authorities, aside from house style, are the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, and Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 11th edition.

If you would like to discuss the matter further, please contact Phyllis Winkler, book review editor, at e-mail bookreviews@usnwc.edu, telephone (401) 841-6584, or fax (401) 841-3579/6224. The DSN exchange for all lines is 841.