Book Review-‘Learning War: The evolution of fighting doctrine in the US Navy, 1898–1945’ by T. Hone

By Derek G. Law, published December 2020


Trent Hone is an established author with several published works on the development of the modern US Navy (USN). This new book brings fresh and original lateral thinking on how the USN faced the challenges of learning how to fight, particularly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The traditional view of how the USN reacted to that disaster is that it forced the navy to abandon the stodgy conservatism and ‘gun club’ philosophy of the battleship admirals – who had failed to appreciate the technological advances of the inter-war years – and that the sudden shock of the Japanese carrier-based air attack brought change about…

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Subjects include: Strategy & Diplomacy

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