Steven Maffeo



Works

U.S. Navy Codebreakers, Linguists, and Intelligence Officers against Japan, 1910-1941--A Biographical Dictionary
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This unique reference presents 59 biographies of people who were key to the sea services' preparation for fighting the Japanese Empire when World War II broke out, and whose advance work proved crucial. These intelligence pioneers invented techniques, procedures, and equipment from scratch, not only allowing the United States to hold its own in the Pacific despite the loss of much of its fleet at Pearl Harbor, but also laying the foundation for today's intelligence methods and agencies.

Most Secret and Confidential:
Intelligence in the Age of Nelson
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Captain Maffeo has researched the great age-of-sail thoroughly, using standard primary and secondary sources and has added an interesting twist by drawing upon the works of novelists O'Brian, Forester, and Kent .... In these days of global positioning systems and high data-rate satellite communications it's refreshing to be reminded that the basic intelligence questions about the enemy—who, how strong, and where—haven't changed that much in two hundred years.






Seize, Burn, or Sink: The Thoughts and Words of Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson
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Captain Maffeo has compiled a fascinating compendium of Nelson’s wide-ranging correspondence and systematically organized it in a formidable yet compact volume. His savvy editing and selection of passages seem to unerringly capture the very essence of Horatio Nelson. He has crafted an essential reference for both scholars of the age-of-sail and for all those interested in the essential nature of Britain’s most revered naval warrior.





The Perfect Wreck:  “Old Ironsides” and H.M.S. Java—A Story of 1812
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Sticking hard to the historical record (including a number of never-before-used archival sources), Steve brings the reader through the events leading up to the famous battle between the U.S.S. Constitution (the still-afloat and legendary Old Ironsides) and H.M.S. Java, with the spectacular fight itself the climax of the story.  There is no book existing, fiction or non-fiction, about this event—the longest discussion anywhere is a few pages in Patrick O’Brian’s fictional The Fortune of War, but it's somewhat flawed and unreliable.  Steve’s book offers both precise historical accuracy as well as sheer entertainment.

Selected Works

Nonfiction: Naval History
U.S. Navy Codebreakers, Linguists, and Intelligence Officers against Japan, 1910-1941--A Biographical Dictionary "This volume will remain the standard reference for information about the Navy's intelligence personnel before and during World War II."
—Elliot Carlson, in the U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings
Most Secret and Confidential:
Intelligence in the Age of Nelson "One of the top three naval/maritime books of the year 2000."
—Norman Polmar, in Seapower magazine
Nonfiction: Naval History
Seize, Burn, or Sink: The Thoughts and Words of Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson "Monumental ... magnificent! Captain Maffeo has extracted and collected a fascinating miscellany in "Seize, Burn, or Sink."
—Captain Richard Woodman, author of the Nathaniel Drinkwater series
Naval History / Historical fiction
The Perfect Wreck:  “Old Ironsides” and H.M.S. Java—A Story of 1812 "A highly recommended must-read for every naval enthusiast—indeed, for every American!"
—Stephen Coonts, 17-times NY Times best-selling author

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