Historian / Writer

Comments & Reviews

The U.S. Coast Guard’s War on Human Smuggling. (2011)

“Anyone wanting to understand migrant smuggling from the significant vantage point of the U.S. Coast Guard should read Noble’s book, which illustrates the complextites and heart-break of attempting to enforce U.S. immigration laws.”

David Kyle, University of California, Davis

“Noble’s passion for the topic and his empathy for–and understanding–those on both sides of the human smuggling equation shines through on every page.”

Kelly Greenhill, author of Weapons of Mass\
                                                Migration: Forced Displacement, Coercion,
                                                and Foreign Policy.

Captain “Hell Roaring” Mike Healy: From American Slave to Arctic Hero.” (2009)

“Enthusiastically recommended to lay readers, naval historians, and public library collections.”

                                               Midwest Book Review

“Dilligent research and precise writing reveal the realities of race relations in nineteenth-century, as well as the dangers, loneliness, and complex relationships of life at sea in that era.”

Bernard C. Nalty, author of Strength for the Fight: A History of Black
                        Americans in the Military.

“. . . is likely to remain the definitive biography of Healy and his siblings.”

 Naval History

Rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard: Great Acts of Heroism Since 1878. (2005)

“. . . will be of interest to general readers as well as maritime rescue specialists and historians.”

 Book News

Gunboat on the Yangtze: The Diary of Captain Glenn F. Howell of the U.S.S. Palos. (2002)

“[Readers] will come away with an appreciation of the Chinese people, the men who protected American interests abroad, and a sense of understanding a mysterious place and a long forgotten time. There are few personal accounts of this time and place, so this diary fills a gap that makes history come alive.”

 Colorado Libraries

“. . . should be read by anyone who is interested in the history of the U.S. in China during the 1920s, life on a navy ship far from home base, and/or conditions in China at this time.”

 Catholic Library World

Alaska and the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service, 1867-1915. (1999)

“. . . an important historical effort, and a very enjoyable book to read.”

`                       Marine Corps Gazette

“. . . this is a good book that is recommended quite highly.”

American Neptune

“This book is an excellent first choice for students of Alaska history, maritime historians, and naval officers.”

                                               Nautical Research Journal.

The Rescue of the Gale Runner: Death, Heroism, and the U.S. Coast Guard. (2002)

“. . . will give you a greater understanding and respect for what the men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard are asked to do and accomplish every day somewhere on the nation’s waters.”

United States Naval Institute Proceedings.

Lifeboat Sailors: Disaster, Rescues, and the Perilous Future of the Coast Guard’s Small Boat Stations. (2000)

“. . . an absorbing look at an oft-neglected branch of the U.S. Coast Guard.”

                                               Sea Power.

Lighthouses & Keepers: The U.S. Lighthouse Service and Its Legacity. (1997)

“This entertaining and informative volume will please any reader with an ounce of curiosity about American’s maritime heritage and about the men and women who assured that those who went down to the sea in ships arrived safely at their destination.”

 Daily News, Newport News, Virginia

“Anyone interested in this subject will find Noble’s book fascinating reading.”


“It will remain an authoritative account for decades–an enjoyable and stimulating read.”

Truman R. Strobridge, former Historian of the U.S. Coast Guard,                                                             American Neptune.

That Others Might Live: The U.S. Life-Saving Service, 1878-1915. (1994)

“Not only will this volume become a standard reference on America’s efforts to save life along its coasts, it will add to the store of information on local history wherever a life-saving station was located.”


“. . . an outstanding contribution to the literature of American oceanic history. It is interesting throughout, and thrilling parts.”

 The Northern Mariner/Le Marin Du Nord. (Canada)

Forgotten Warriors: Combat Art from Vietnam. (1992)

“If we are ever to fully reconcile ourselves to our country’s role in the Vietnam conflict, Americans must first be willing to leg go of the myths and try to understand some of the realities of this undeclared that, unlike any other singular event in contemporary history, divided and fragmented American society. Noble’s book visually shapes some of these realities in an important volume that is totally engaging.”
                                               Air Chronicles.

“The kind of book that endures.”

 Indochina Chronology

“You should read this book. It will move you.”

 Military Review

The Eagle and the Dragon: The United States Military in China, 1901-1937. (1990)

“Noble’s monograph has the strong ring of authenticity.”

William R. Braisted, Journal of American History.

The Eagle and the Dragon is a very, very entertaining and informative book.”

Rear Admiral Kemp Tolley, Naval History.

“. . . an important contribution to understanding how the US military reacts to a non-Western culture, something that is likely to remain a matter of importance for some time.”
Military Review