Official Navy Historians and Foundation Publish New Navy Coffeetable History

Story Number: NNS031029-05Release Date: 10/30/2003 3:59:00 AM
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By Brian S. Chi, Naval Historical Center Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Naval Historical Foundation has just produced an exciting new book, "U.S. Navy: A Complete History."
The 728-page book is a detailed, day-by-day chronology of the Navy's 228-year history, as compiled by National Museum of Naval Aviation historian M. Hill Goodspeed. It also features sidebars authored by official Navy historians, well-known naval authors and veterans.

This book follows the previous well-received coffee table book "The Navy," released in 2000.

"In addition to being a superb reference work, 'U.S. Navy: A Complete History' uses rarely displayed photographs and art from the collections of the Naval Historical Center," said David Winkler, the Foundation's historian and programs director.

This book chronicles not only the story of our Navy, but also of our country. As the nation grew in strength, so did its Navy. As the Navy changed during the years, its role and missions changed with it. Originally built to protect the Merchant Marine, it eventually grew to become America's global response force.

Throughout history, the Navy's tasks have varied from peacetime exploration to wartime operations against foes ranging from Barbary corsairs to today's worldwide terrorists. Until the turn of the last century, the Navy was kept at a relatively small size during peacetime, and ship numbers only increased significantly during war. This approach matured into keeping the peace through worldwide forward presence during the Cold War.

"This book will be a valuable addition to any ship's library and would make a great retirement or farewell gift. It's a wonderful historical reference that covers the Navy from before the American Revolution through Operation Iraqi Freedom," said Winkler.

"The book is so current, it even features a picture of President Bush embarked in USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) earlier this year," added retired Capt. Todd Creekman, the Foundation's executive director. "We are excited about this publication as the royalties we receive will be used to support the Naval Historical Center and Navy Museum programs in keeping with our Foundation's mission to promote and preserve our naval heritage.

Goodspeed received his undergraduate degree from Washington and Lee University, where he was a George C. Marshall Undergraduate Scholar, and his master's degree in history from the University of West Florida. He served as editor-in-chief of the book "U.S. Naval Aviation" and is the author of articles and book reviews that have appeared in "The Journal of Military History," "Naval History," "Naval Aviation News," "Wings of Fame," International Air Power Review," "Foundation" and "The Public Historian."

The numerous sidebars from various authors give greater insight for key issues. Some of the featured authors are well known in naval history circles. They include The Honorable John F. Lehman Jr., Dr. Wade G. Dudley, Dr. Michael J. Crawford, Jan K. Herman, Thomas J. Cutler, Dr. Robert J. Schneller Jr., Dana M. Wegner, Dr. Norman Friedman, Mark K. Ragan, Dr. John B. Hattendorf, Mark L. Hayes, Dr. Jeffrey G. Barlow, Barrett Tillman, Dr. Kathleen Broome Williams, Retired Capt. Edward L. Beach, John B. Lundstrom, Bernard C. Nalty, Curtis A. Utz, Dr. Malcom Muir Jr., Dr. David A. Rosenberg, Dr. Edward J. Marolda and retired Adm. and former Chief of Naval Operations James L. Holloway III.

"U.S. Navy: A Complete History" is available at retail and online bookstores, and through the online Navy Museum gift shop at

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Cover art of the new Naval Historical Center/Naval Historical Foundation book
031027-N-0336C-001 Navy Historical Center (File photo) -- Cover art of the new Naval Historical Center/Naval Historical Foundation book "U.S. Navy: A Complete History" by M. Hill Goodspeed. This new 728-page book is a detailed day-by-day chronology of the Navy's 228 year history which also features sidebars authored by Navy veterans and well-known authors. This work follows Naval Historical Foundation's previous best-selling coffee table book "The Navy", released in 2000. U.S. Navy photo. (RELEASED)
October 28, 2003
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