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"John Lehman has given us another naval classic in Oceans Ventured―the incredible story of the Navy’s central role in winning the Cold War. Based upon meticulous research and newly declassified documents, Lehman’s fresh account has the grip of a well-crafted adventure novel. His perspective is uniquely authoritative: he was a key architect of American strategy, a crucial figure in its execution, and an active participant as a qualified naval aviator. A must-read."
Senator John McCain

"Everything an important book should be. It is lean yet detailed, dramatic yet without hyperbole, and the lesson it teaches is something the public and the entire Washington policy community should internalize: that the projection of military power, done responsibly, leads to the projection of a nation's values. And when it comes to military power, the greatest weapon the United States had during the Cold War and today is its Navy."
Robert D. Kaplan, author of The Revenge of Geography and The Return of Marco Polo's World

"In 1981, in the end game of the Cold War, the Soviet Union woke up one day to find the United States Navy on its doorstep, ready to strike. The man behind this stunning show of sea power was the Secretary of the Navy, John Lehman. A modern-day Teddy Roosevelt, Lehman not only sent the fleet into enemy waters, he sailed with it―flying off carriers in the back seat of a warplane. A fascinating, eye-opening tale of l’audace! L’audace! Toujours, l’audace!"
Evan Thomas, author of The War Lovers, John Paul Jones, and Sea of Thunder

"This book should be acquired by the tens of thousands of my fellow Sailors who served at sea during [the late Cold War]… Lehman makes a valuable contribution to the yet-to-be-written definitive account of this era. Oceans Ventured also serves as an important reminder of the importance of sea power in the contemporary world."
David F. Winkler, Ph. D., Naval Historical Foundation

"Lehman’s book is…a validation of the axiom that if you want peace, prepare for war."
George Will, National Review

"This book is solid history of a resurgent Navy...Lehman's words are essential to understanding the Navy's role and performance during the Cold War and its contribution to the downfall of the Soviet Union."
SEAPOWER Magazine

About the Author

John Lehman, a former U.S. Navy aviator, served as United States secretary of the navy from 1981 to 1987. From 2003 to 2004, he was a member of the 9/11 Commission. He lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ W. W. Norton & Company; Illustrated edition (June 5, 2018)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 368 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0393254259
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0393254259
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.44 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.5 x 1.3 x 9.6 inches
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