Academic journal article Military Review

Theodore Roosevelt and the Great White Fleet: American Sea Power Comes of Age

Academic journal article Military Review

Theodore Roosevelt and the Great White Fleet: American Sea Power Comes of Age

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THEODORE ROOSEVELT AND THE GREAT WHITE FLEET: American Sea Power Comes of Age by Kenneth Wimmel. 304 pages. Brassey's Publishing Company, Dulles, VA. 1998. $25.95.

Perhaps no other political figure has had as much impact on the US Navy as did Theodore Roosevelt. More important, his presence coincided with a crucial period of American history in which, after the Civil War, we went from near-nonexistent American naval presence to the glorious era of the mighty battleship.

Roosevelt's interest in naval history began early, and in 1862 his book The Naval War Of 1812 (Modern Library, 1999, $15.95) helped propel him into both the political spotlight and establish him as a qualified spokesman on naval affairs. Roosevelt's determination, influence and foresight were instrumental in moving the American Navy from an obsolete coastal defense force to one of the most powerful navies in the world-the "Great White Fleet."

Author Kenneth Wimmel focuses on much more than the events surrounding the Great White Fleet. …

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