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Albion, Robert G. Makers of Naval Policy, 1798-1947. Edited by Rowena Reed. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1980. 737 pp.

Albion, Robert G., and Jennie B. Pope. Sea Lanes in Wartime: The American Experience, 1775-1945. New York: Norton, 1942. 367 pp. (Reprinted 1968 by Archon).

Barrow, Clayton R., ed. America Spreads Her Sails: U.S. Seapower in the 19th Century. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1973. 241 pp.


A collection of fourteen separately authored essays.


Beach, Edward L. The United States Navy: 200 Years. New York: Holt, 1986. 564 pp.


A personal view of American naval history from the perspective of the revolutionary changes in naval warfare brought about by technological innovation.


Bell, Frederick J. Room to Swing a Cat: Being Some Tales of the Old Navy. New York: Longmans, 1938. 272 pp.


A chronicle of life at sea from the Revolution through the War of 1812, as related by a twentieth-century naval officer.


Clark, Thomas. Naval History of the United States From the Commencement of the Revolutionary War to the Present Time. Philadelphia: M. Carey, 1814. 2 vols.


A revised edition of the first United States naval history. Originally published in 1813 as Sketches of the Naval History of the United States. The author, a contemporary of the events about which he writes, relies heavily on personal communication with some of the major participants, including John Adams and Commodore Thomas Truxtun.


Coletta, Paolo Enrico. The American Naval Heritage. 3d ed. Lanham, Md.: University Press of America, 1987. 641 pp.

Cooper, James Fenimore. The History of the Navy of the United States of America. Philadelphia: Lea & Blanchard, 1839. 2 vols. (Reprinted 1970 by Gregg).


Ten subsequent editions carry the work through 1860.


Davis, George T. A Navy Second to None: The Development of Modern American Naval Policy. New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1940. 508 pp. (Reprinted 1971 by Greenwood).

Frost, Holloway H. We Build a Navy. Annapolis: U.S. Naval Institute, 1929. 501 pp.


Narrative of naval events through the War of 1812 based on official correspondence and contemporary naval documents.


Hagan, Kenneth J., ed. In Peace and War: Interpretations of American Naval History, 1775-1984. 2d ed. Contributions in Military History Series, No. 41. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood, 1984. 395 pp.


A collection of eighteen scholarly essays. First edition published in 1978.


-----. This People's Navy: The Making of American Sea Power. New York: Free Press; Toronto: Collier, 1991. 434 pp.

Heinl, Robert D. Dictionary of Military and Naval Quotations. Annapolis: U.S. Naval Institute, 1966. 367 pp.

Hooper, Edwin B. United States Naval Power in a Changing World. New York: Praeger, 1988. 294 pp.

Howarth, Stephen. To Shining Sea: A History of the United States Navy, 1775-1991. New York: Random House, 1991. 620 pp.

In Defense of the Republic: Readings in American Military History. Edited by David Curtis Skaggs and Robert S. Browning III. Belmont, Calif.: Wadsworth Pub. Co., 1991. 554 pp.

Knox, Dudley W. A History of the United States Navy Rev. ed. New York: Putnam, 1948. 704 pp.


Written while Commodore Knox was Officer-in-Charge of the Office of Naval Records and Library. First edition published in 1936. Second edition brings work up to date through World War II.


Kreh, William R. Citizen Sailors: The U.S. Naval Reserve in War and Peace. New York: D. McKay Co., 1969. 270 pp.

Love, Robert W., Jr. History of the U.S. Navy. Harrisburg, Pa.: Stackpole Books, 1992. 2 vols.


Vol. 1, 1775-1941; Vol. 2, 1942-1991.


Mack, William P., and Royal W. Connell. Naval Ceremonies, Customs and Traditions. 5th ed. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1980. 386 pp.


Previous editions published under title Naval Customs, Traditions and Usage by Leland Pearson Lovette.


Merrill, James M., ed. Quarter-Deck and Fo'c'sle: The Exciting Story of the Navy. Chicago: Rand McNally, 1963. 509 pp.


A collection of personal narratives of officers and men of the U.S. Navy covering the period from the Revolution to the cruise of the nuclear submarine Triton.


Miller, Nathan. The U.S. Navy: An Illustrated History. New York: American Heritage; Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1977. 416 pp.

Millett, Allan R. Semper Fidelis: The History of the United States Marine Corps. Rev. and expanded ed. New York: Free Press; Toronto: Maxwell Macmillan of Canada; New York: Maxwell Macmillan International, 1991. 845 pp.

Millett, Allan R., and Peter Maslowski. For the Common Defense: A Military History of the United States of America. New York: Free Press; London: Collier, 1984. 621 pp.

Mitchell, Donald W. History of the Modern American Navy, From 1883 Through Pearl Harbor. New York: Knopf, 1946. 477 pp.

Naval Review. Edited by Frank Uhlig. Annapolis: U.S. Naval Institute, 1962-.


An annual collection of essays on current topics, including a chronology, and a review of official defense policy. Since 1970, identical with the May issue of the U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings.


Noel, John V., and Edward L. Beach. Naval Terms Dictionary. 5th ed. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1988. 316 pp.

Potter, Elmer B. The Naval Academy Illustrated History of the United States Navy. New York: Crowell, 1971. 299 pp.

-----, ed. Sea Power: A Naval History. 2d ed. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1981. 419 pp.

Smith, Robert H. The Naval Institute Guide to Maritime Museums of North America: With Selected Lighthouse, Canal and Canal Lock Museums. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1990. 388 pp.

Sprout, Harold and Margaret. The Rise of American Naval Power, 1776-1918. Rev. ed. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton Univ. Press, 1942. 404 pp. (Reprinted 1990 by Naval Institute Press).

Symonds, Craig L.  Naval Institute Historical Atlas of the U.S. Navy. Annapolis, MD.: Naval Institute Press, 1995.

_____. The U.S. Navy: A Concise History. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016.

The United States Navy: A Dictionary. Edited by Bruce W. Watson and Susan M. Watson. New York: Garland Pub., 1991. 948 pp.

Stivers, Reuben E. Privateers & Volunteers: The Men and Women of Our Reserve Naval Forces: 1766 to 1866. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1975. 502 pp.

U.S. Department of Defense. Report of the Secretary of Defense,and the Reports of the Secretary of the Army, Secretary of the Navy, Secretary of the Air Force. Washington: GPO, 1947/48-.


Prior to unification, Navy reports published separately as Annual Report of the Secretary of the Navy.


U.S. Naval Academy History Symposium. Proceedings Naval History Symposium: The Navy in an Age of Change and Crisis: Some Challenges and Responses of the Twentieth Century. Edited by Arnold R. Shapack. Annapolis: U.S. Naval Academy, 1973. 92 pp.

-----. Changing Interpretations and New Sources in Naval History: Papers >From the Third United States Naval Academy History Symposium. Edited by Robert W. Love, Jr. and others. New York: Garland Pub., 1980. 471 pp.

-----. New Aspects of Naval History: Selected Papers Presented at the Fourth Naval History Symposium, United States Naval Academy, 25-26 October 1979. Edited by Craig L. Symonds and others. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1981. 398 pp.

- ----. New Aspects of Naval History: Selected Papers From the Fifth Naval History Symposium. Edited by the Department of History, U.S. Naval Academy. Baltimore: Nautical & Aviation Publishing Co., 1985. 300 pp.

-----. Naval History: The Sixth Symposium of the U.S. Naval Academy. Edited by Daniel M. Masterson. Wilmington: Scholarly Resources, 1987. 358 pp.

-----. Naval History: The Seventh Symposium of the U.S. Naval Academy. Edited by William B. Cogar. Wilmington: Scholarly Resources, 1988. 302 pp.

-----. New Interpretations in Naval History: Selected Papers From the Eighth Naval History Symposium. Edited by William B. Cogar. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1989. 328 pp.

-----. New Interpretations in Naval History: Selected Papers From the Ninth Naval History Symposium. Edited by William R. Roberts and Jack Sweetman. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1991. 368 pp.

U.S. Naval Education and Training Program Management Support Activity. Naval Orientation. Washington: GPO, 1984. various pagings.

U.S. Navy Department. Annual Report of the Secretary of the Navy. Washington: Various publishers, 1821-1948.


Reports from 1821 to 1932 are more detailed than later reports. Earlier naval documents appear in American State Papers. After unification, continued in Report of the Secretary of Defense.


Von Doenhoff, Richard A., ed. Versatile Guardian: Research in Naval History. National Archives Conference 14. Washington: Howard Univ. Press, 1979. 295 pp.


Papers and proceedings of the National Archives Conference on Naval History, May 29-31, 1974.


Weigley, Russell F. The American Way of War: A History of United States Military Strategy and Policy. New York: Macmillan, 1973. 584 pp.

Westcott, Alan F., ed. American Sea Power Since 1775. Rev. ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1952. 609 pp. 


Published: Wed Aug 21 11:41:05 EDT 2019