A review of history discloses that in the past 2600 years there have actually been only 168 years of peace."" Admiral Clark has seen and lived through more than his share of unpeaceful times. Throughout his career, the Admiral was interested in naval aviation and, when not busy commanding a carrier, pushed the concept with both friends and enemies. Naval aviation is one part of this first-person narrative in which real devotees (of the navy, the Admiral, airplanes, World War II, Korea, or such homespuns as ""American ingenuity"") may be interested. Another section concerns the Admiral's participation in war. All the names are here. A World War II sampler: Pearl Harbor, the Marianas, Saipan, the Marshalls, Tokyo Rose, kamikazes, Iwo Jima, Nimitz, MacArthur, the Yorktown (which Clark commanded), and the A-bomb (whose plans were stolen by ""atomic spies""). In Korea: Truman, MacArthur, Pusan, Ridgway, the Yalu, Panther jets, MIG's, ROK, Syngman Rhee, and Eisenhower (""...at last we had a military man at the helm""). On foreign policy: Nasser, Sukarno, Battista, Castro, the Bay of Pigs, Khrushchev, the Gulf of Tonkin. Two chapters on Vietnam (freedom of speech is one of America's most valuable possessions except when ""pseudo-citizens""...) and once again the names. Dr. Clark G. Reynolds, an assistant professor of history at the U.S. Naval Academy helped Admiral Clark rewrite this book. Better narratives are not difficult to come by.