James B. Connolly was an interesting figure. The first Olympic champion of the modern era (he won a silver medal, then the first-place award, in triple jump at the 1896 games), he was by his own telling a close friend of Theodore Roosevelt and a prolific author of books on naval and maritime themes. His World War Two look at antisubmarine warfare, The U-Boat Hunters, is still in print today. Harder to find, but still worth the effort if the topic interests you, is "Navy Men," published in 1939.
In these pages, Connolly jumps back and forth between reporting on the modern navy of the late 1930s and his experience three decades before when, with TR's assistance, he enlisted in the navy for about a month to report on sailors' lives in the post-Great White Fleet era. The cover blurb on my copy of "Navy Men" says "Jim Connolly has been on more kinds of naval vessels than any other living writer," and that's easy enough to believe. If you're looking for a decent portrayal of navy life, and American naval power, in the first three or four decades of the twentieth century, this might not be a bad title to track down.
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