I was very delighted to see an older work of mine get a new review. The CSS Albemarle and William Cushing: The Remarkable Confederate Ironclad and the Union Officer Who Sank It was recently reviewed at the Naval Historical Foundation. Here's from the review:
"Writing years after the Civil War, Gideon Welles remarked of William B. Cushing: “…the great chief of the American Navy, Farragut…said to me that while no navy had braver or better officers than ours, young Cushing was the hero of the War.” Jim Stempel’s book makes it clear that the statement was very nearly the simple truth; there was no one like Cushing. Once the whole nation knew his name; today his difficult, almost suicidal, and technically sophisticated exploit of sinking a Confederate ironclad with a steam launch using a spar torpedo is still known, perhaps, to students of naval and Civil War history"