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Here was my response on Hdiplo to Anthony Newkirk's request. " curent/standard works on: 1) the history of the U.S. Navy, particularly one that focuses on naval operations in the 20th century to date..." All, I think much of this is of general interest to the broader audience., so here goes. Dr. Jack Holl is probably the best living source on the nuclear policy piece, he was the official historian for the Energy Department for a number years and recently retired from the history Department at Kansas State University. As to the first question, there are two really well done modern histories of the US Navy, the first is George Baer's _100 Years of Sea Power: The U.S. Navy, 1890-1990 (Stanford University Press, 1994). Bob Love, a professor at the naval academy has also done a superb general history, in two volumes, the second volume should fulfill any needs you might have, Volume II, 1941-1991. As you can see, the modern history piece here goes to the end of the Cold War. As a historian I am of the mind that this is a good place to stop the analysis since more "recent events" need more research and time to percolate for a more comprehensive and mature understanding. That said, I suspect Jeff Barlow of the Naval History and Heritage Command might be able to give you a steer or two. His _From Hot War to Cold: The U.S. Navy and National Security Affairs, 1945-1955_ (Stanford University Press, 2009), is essential for the policy pieces for nukes at "the beginning." Finally, I must mention Lisle Rose's three volume modern history of Sea power from University Press Missouri, _Power at Sea_ which also addresses these issues. There are also a number of good biographies of Hyman Rickover that cover a great deal of this ground from the "great man" perspective of institutional history. Best, John John T. Kuehn, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Military History Curriculum Developer Department of Military History U.S. Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth, KS "Kuehn, John Dr CIV USA TRADOC" <email@example.com> ----- For subscription help, go to: http://www.h-net.org/lists/help/ To change your subscription settings, go to http://h-net.msu.edu/cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=h-war -----