BOOK REVIEW – Uncommon Warriors: 200 Years of the Most Unusual American Naval Vessels
By Ken W. Sayers, Naval Institute Press: Annapolis, MD, (2012).
Reviewed by Jennifer Daley
The United States Navy has a strong history of developing unique vessels to combat specific roles beyond the realm of traditional battleships and submarines. In the 2012 publication, Uncommon Warriors: 200 Years of the Most Unusual American Naval Vessels, author Ken W. Sayers describes in detail the range and military contribution of these unique vessels. Sayers’ background as former Navy officer, as well as former staff member of the assistant secretary of defense (public affairs), affords him the strategic position to examine and analyze unconventional naval vessels. Uncommon Warriors is indispensable as a reference guide to some of the most interesting naval vessels in American history. Both professionals and hobbyists will find this book captivating and useful. Sayers does an excellent job at uncovering the history behind these often overlooked, yet important, naval structures.
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