Alfred Thayer Mahan

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Rear Admiral Alfred Thayer Mahan (September 27, 1840 – December 1, 1914) served in the United States Navy and became a highly influential maritime writer and strategist.

Life & Career


  • Mahan, Alfred. The Influence of Sea Power upon History, 1660–1783 (1890)
  • Mahan, Alfred. The Influence of Sea Power upon the French Revolution and Empire, 1793–1812 (2 vols., 1892)
  • Mahan, Alfred. Sea Power in Relation to the War of 1812 (2 vols., 1905).
  • Mahan, Alfred. Reflections, Historic and Other, Suggested by the Battle of the Japan Sea. By Captain A. T. Mahan, U.S. Navy. US Naval Proceedings magazine, June 1906, Volume XXXVI, No. 2 United States Naval Institute.
  • Mahan, Alfred. The Life of Nelson: The Embodiment of the Sea Power of Great Britain (2 vols., 1897)
  • Mahan, Alfred. Mahan on Naval Strategy: selections from the writings of Rear Admiral Alfred Thayer Mahan edited by John B. Hattendorf (1991)
  • Sumida, Jon Tetsuro (1997). Inventing Grand Strategy and Teaching Command: The Classic Works of Alfred Thayer Mahan Reconsidered. Washington, D.C.: The Woodrow Wilson Center Press.

See Also


Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Joseph N. Miller
Captain of U.S.S. Chicago
11 May, 1893[1]
Succeeded by
Philip H. Cooper


  1. Register of Officers, 1895. p. 6.