Oceans Ventured describes the men and events that enabled the Navy to snatch the strategic initiative from a Soviet navy determined to challenge the U.S. around the globe ... Oceans Ventured, in its engrossing and illuminating narrative, reminds us that numbers are less important than strategy. Let’s hope a new generation of thinkers will soon gather to determine how best to respond to China’s rising challenge. Who knows? Maybe they’ve gathered already, and their plan is recorded on someone’s napkin.
In Oceans Ventured, Mr. Lehman recounts how the naval build-up and bold naval exercises, such as 'Ocean Venture 81,' played a role in Mr. Reagan’s plan ... At times reading like a military thriller, John Lehman’s Oceans Ventured offers an interesting and illuminating look back at Cold War naval history.
Lehman's work reads more like personal memoirs of his time as secretary of the navy during the Reagan years. Based on his former position, his latest work has a bias in favor of 1980s Republicans and the Reagan administration. Lehman dismisses Democrats and 'leftists' while praising favored colleagues ... For anyone studying the late Cold War, although the favoritism can be a turn-off for anyone who isn't a staunch Reagan supporter.