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Congress Buys a Navy: Politics, Economics, and the Rise of American Naval Power, 1881-1921 - Paul E. Pedisich

I can't stop marveling at how unfocused this book is. For a book ostensibly about the construction of American naval power to spend more time covering the land campaigns of the Spanish-American War than the Battle of Santiago de Cuba (which is addresssed in all of a single sentence) is nothing short of mind-boggling. It's clear that there is a book to be written about the role Congress played in developing the modern United States Navy in the late 19th and early 20th centuries -- only it's painfully apparent that this isn't it.