US Naval War College Logo
Contact Us
Site Map
NWC on Facebook NWC on Twitter NWC on Flickr NWC on Blackboard

The Eight Bells Book Lecture Series

The format of the Eight Bells Lecture Series has the author speaking about 40-45 minutes on the topic of his book and the facts leading to its publication. The last 15-20 minutes are given over for audience members to ask questions on the topic. Those who are able to remain after the allotted hour can stay and discuss the book further and have the book signed. Copies of the books are on sale in the Naval War College Foundation Gift Shop. As always, this event is a brown-bag affair which is free and open to the public.
22 January 2015: Battleship Cove by James Gay 
This book tells the story of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’s official memorial for events remembering September 11. Beginning with the opening of the battleship USS Massachusetts in 1965, the Fall River Navy has continued to grow. The vessels include the submarine Lionfish, destroyer Joseph P. Kennedy Jr., and PT boats 617 and 796. Battleship Cove is one of the most popular attractions in southeastern Massachusetts.
29 January 2015: Asian Maritime Strategies: Navigating Troubled Waters by Bernard Cole  
Asian Maritime Strategies explores one of the world's most complex and dangerous maritime arenas. Asia, stretching from the Aleutian Islands to the Persian Gulf, contains the world's busiest trade routes. It is also the scene of numerous maritime territorial disputes, pirate attacks, and terrorist threats. In response, the nations of the region are engaged in a nascent naval arms race. In this new work, Bernard Cole, author of the acclaimed The Great Wall At Sea, examines the maritime strategies and naval forces of the region's nations, as well as evaluating the threats and opportunities for cooperation at sea. The United States Navy is intimately involved in these disputes and opportunities, which threaten vital American economic, political, and security interests.
5 February 2015: They Called Her Reckless by Janet Barrett 
The Fifth Regiment’s Recoilless Rifle Platoon acquired a Korean pony to help haul ammunition to the front lines. She quickly became part of the unit and for two years proved a valuable member by saving lives, raising spirits and winning the respect of all who knew her.
12 February 2015: Afghanistan: A Distant War by Robert Nickelsberg
A noted documentary photographer, Robert Nickelsbuerg will present a present a view of the day-to-day life in Afghanistan and the fallout of the continuing war. Since 1988, he has traveled the area taking pictures and experiencing the land, the culture, and its people.
19 February 2015: Commander Will Cushing: Daredevil Hero of the Civil War by Jamie Malanowski
With the use of a spar torpedo, LT William Cushing conceived a plan to sink the Confederate ironclad CSS Albemarle. Considered one of the most dramatic exploits of the Civil War, Cushing earned the nickname “Lincoln’s Commando. Cushing’s bravery and willingness to go against tremendous odds earned him a reputation for behind-the-scenes warfare.
26 February 2015: OPEN
5 March 2015: Sheppard of the Argonne by G. William Weatherly
In what is touted as Alternative History Naval Battles of WWII, the fictitious hero is given command of a new ship following the attack on Pearl Harbor. The author is a retired Navy captain and was the chairman of the Joint Military Operations Department at the Naval War College prior to retiring.
12 March 2015: OPEN
19 March 2015: The Yankee Expedition to Sebastopol by Chuck Veit 
The story of John Gowen (Raising Missouri). Several years after that event, he contracted with the Czar of Russia to clear the harbor of Sevastopol in the wake of the massive scuttling of the Black Sea Fleet during the famous siege. It took him five years, through a lot of challenges and problems, but he pulled it off and, again, astonished the world.
26 March 2015: 21st Century Sims: Innovation, Education, and Leadership for the Modern Eraby by LCDR Benjamin Armstrong (editor)
William S. Sims was a man of principle who would not accept less than optimum. His views on gunnery and how to improve the practice gained him notice. From 1907 to 1909 he was the Naval Aide to Theodore Roosevelt and in that job learned to advance his reforms through the bureaucracy of government. As a disciple of A.T. Mahan, he rarely questioned the placement of the Navy in the forefront of national politics and reform. President of the Naval War College before and after the First World War, his last class was the Class of 1923. This book is a collection of Adm. William Sims' written work, and it investigates his relevance in addressing the questions facing today's military personnel and policymakers.
2 April 2015: The Supercarriers:The Forrestal and Kitty Hawk Classes by Andrew Faltum 
The USS Forrestal (CV 59) recently left Narragansett Bay on its final voyage. When she was commissioned in 1955 she was the first of the supercarriers that included Saratoga, Ranger, Independence, Kitty Hawk, Constellation, America,  and John F. Kennedy. All of them were mainstays of the Cold War and saw extensive service around the world. The book discusses sthe operational histories of these ships over fifty year and is replete with illustrations and maps.
9 April 2015: 21st Century Ellis by CAPT Brett Friedman, USMC 
Captain Earl Hancock “Pete” Ellis was a student at the Naval War College (1911-1912) followed by a period on the staff. Considered one of the prophets of amphibious warfare, he wrote extensively about naval and amphibious operations and predicted a war with Japan in the 1920s. During World War I he was in the thick of the fighting at St. Mihiel, and in the Meuse-Argonne for which he was awarded the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Navy Cross, Croix de guerre, and Legion d’honneur. Four years later, he died from alcoholism.
16 April 2015: Spies in Revolutionary Rhode Island by Christian McBurney
Espionage played a vital role during the Revolutionary War in Rhode Island, both during the British and French occupations of Newport and Aquidneck Island. While most people learned about Benedict Arnold or Major AndrĂ©, McBurney’s research found that spies were quite prevalent in Rhode Island during the Revolutionary War.
23 April 2015: Bing West
30 April 2015: “A Study on the Work of Father Fernando Oliveira” by VADM Antonio Silva Ribeiro, Portuguese Navy (Ret.) Born in 1507, Fernando Oliveira was a Dominican priest who had a love for the sea and took the opportunity to spend time on ships where he honed his nautical skill and developed a comprehensive view of tactical and operational warfare at sea. Among his greatest works was Arte da Guerra do Mar (Art of War at Sea) which was published in 1555.
7 May 2015: The Purge of the Thirtieth Division by Maj. Gen. Henry Dozier Russell; edited and presented by Lawrence Kaplan
In the lead-up to World War II, eighteen National Guard division commanders were called upon to train and lead 300,000 men. By the end of the war, all but one had been relieved in a systematic policy by senior, regular Army officers to replace Guardsmen with regular officers. The book offers a unique historical insight into the mobilization and offers a scathing indictment of the senior war planners during the war, including the Army Chief of Staff, George Marshall.
14 May 2015: Eugene Ely, Daredevil Aviator: First Shipboard Landing and Takeoff by William M. Miller
This is a biography of one of the most influential, early contributor to aviation. Eugene Ely taught himself to fly and by 1910 was a member of the Curtiss Exhibition Team. It was that year that his plane was lifted onto USS Birmingham an he made the first takeoff from the deck of a naval vessel. Two months later, on 18 January 1911, he made the first aircraft landing on the USS Pennsylvania. A short while later he took off from that same deck, proving the adaptability of airplanes to operations at sea. 
21 May 2015: The Baltimore Sabotage Cell by Dwight Messimer    
The Imperial German Navy lacked the means to cut the British supply line with the United States. One option was to build more U-boats. The other option to stop the flow of goods was to attack the sources of the manufactured goods by sabotaging munitions factories, depots, and shipping.   There were over fifty successful acts of sabotage on the East Coast prior to April 1917. Baltimore was the key city to their plan.
28 May 2015: OPEN
4 June 2015: A Handful of Bullets: How the Murder of Archduke Franz Ferdinand Still Menaces the Peace by Harlan Ullman
The “War to end all Wars” was precipitated by the assassination of the Austro-Hungarian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife in the streets of Sarajevo on June 28th, 1914, and demolished the order established by the Concert of Vienna. The ensuing war laid the foundations for a second world war and the cold war that followed.

11 June 2015: South Pacific Cauldron by Alan Rems 
While Guadalcanal is familiar to most Americans and the Kokoda Trail is well known to Australians, the war in the South Pacific includes many now forgotten operations that deserve to be well remembered. Also, significantly, the official Australian history of World War II correctly observed that Australia’s part in the Pacific war is barely mentioned in American histories. This volume finally brings the major Australian contribution to the fore, recognizing too the valuable part played by New Zealand forces in the Solomons campaign. 
The Naval War College Museum is open from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday-Friday (year round). Extended hours June – September: 12:00 noon to 4:30 pm on weekends and closed on holidays.

The Naval War College Museum is wheelchair accessible and free and open to the public, however reservations are required and photo ID must be presented for all visitors 16 years old and over. To make a reservation please call (401) 841-4052 or 2101 by noon the day before the event. The museum is accessible to visitors through Gate 1 of the Newport Naval Station.