Alfred Thayer Mahan

1840 - 1914

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Alfred Thayer Mahan (; September 27, 1840 – December 1, 1914) was a United States naval officer and historian, whom John Keegan called "the most important American strategist of the nineteenth century." His book The Influence of Sea Power Upon History, 1660–1783 (1890) won immediate recognition, especially in Europe, and with its successor, The Influence of Sea Power Upon the French Revolution and Empire, 1793–1812 (1892), made him world-famous and perhaps the most influential American author of the nineteenth century. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Alfred Thayer Mahan has received more than 1,162,996 page views. His biography is available in 29 different languages on Wikipedia. Alfred Thayer Mahan is the 1,056th most popular writer (up from 1,288th in 2019), the 1,207th most popular biography from United States (up from 1,465th in 2019) and the 122nd most popular American Writer.

Alfred Thayer Mahan is most famous for his book "The Influence of Sea Power Upon History." In this book, he argues that a nation's naval power is the key to global dominance.

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Among writers, Alfred Thayer Mahan ranks 1,056 out of 5,794Before him are Tibor Sekelj, Robert Merle, John Dickson Carr, Philostratus, Fredric Brown, and Timaeus of Locri. After him are Lawrence Durrell, Joost van den Vondel, James Hadley Chase, Roger Caillois, Max Nordau, and Cai Yan.

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Among people born in 1840, Alfred Thayer Mahan ranks 20Before him are Carl Menger, Father Damien, Thomas Hardy, August Bebel, Richard von Krafft-Ebing, and Hiram Maxim. After him are Edward Whymper, Hans Makart, Johann II, Prince of Liechtenstein, Johan Svendsen, Giovanni Verga, and Namık Kemal. Among people deceased in 1914, Alfred Thayer Mahan ranks 24Before him are Eduard Suess, Eugen Böhm von Bawerk, Alphonse Bertillon, Joseph Swan, Maximilian von Spee, and Alexander Samsonov. After him are Charles Péguy, Alain-Fournier, Theodor Kittelsen, Joseph Chamberlain, John Tenniel, and Anatoly Lyadov.

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Among people born in United States, Alfred Thayer Mahan ranks 1,207 out of 15,968Before him are Vernon L. Smith (1927), John Dickson Carr (1906), Fredric Brown (1906), E. O. Wilson (1929), Andrew Dickson White (1832), and River Phoenix (1970). After him are Albert Pike (1809), Nelson Goodman (1906), Carl Reiner (1922), Dalton Trumbo (1905), Frank B. Kellogg (1856), and John D. Rockefeller Jr. (1874).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Alfred Thayer Mahan ranks 122Before him are Cormac McCarthy (1933), Will Durant (1885), Tess Gerritsen (1953), Edith Wharton (1862), John Dickson Carr (1906), and Fredric Brown (1906). After him are Dalton Trumbo (1905), Ken Kesey (1935), John Grisham (1955), Donna Leon (1942), Valerie Solanas (1936), and Virginia Henderson (1897).