Commanding Petty Despots: The American Navy in the New Republic

Commanding Petty Despots: The American Navy in the New Republic is a superbly researched volume by Dr. Thomas Sheppard, assistant professor of military history at the U.S. Marine Corps University Command and Staff College. Dr. Sheppard examines the early days of the American navy, focusing on the complex relationship between the first naval captains and the civilian leadership of the new republic.

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Common Sense Addressed to the Inhabitants of America

Common Sense, Thomas Paine’s short pamphlet was published in January 1776, approximately six months prior to the codification of The United States Declaration of Independence. Common Sense conveys the dangers and overreach of the British government, and ultimately advocates for American independence.

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Author Interview: A Military History of India Since 1972

A Military History of India since 1972 is a definitive work of contemporary Indian military history that is written from a joint perspective. It is a comprehensive account of India’s resolute, responsible, and restrained use of force as an instrument of statecraft and how the military has played an essential role in securing the country’s democratic traditions along with its rise as a responsible power of consequence.

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