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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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Alfred Thayer Mahan has received more than 1,414,152 page views. His biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 29 in 2019). Alfred Thayer Mahan is the 958th most popular writer (up from 1,056th in 2019), the 1,116th most popular biography from United States (up from 1,206th in 2019) and the 110th 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 958 out of 5,755Before him are Klaus Ebner, Aron Nimzowitsch, Marko Marulić, Mirza Fatali Akhundov, Benito Pérez Galdós, and Johan Ludvig Runeberg. After him are Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, Eleanor H. Porter, Khaled Hosseini, Abdulrazak Gurnah, Juan Antonio Villacañas, and E. M. Forster.

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Among people born in 1840, Alfred Thayer Mahan ranks 19Before him are Edward Drinker Cope, Crazy Horse, Father Damien, August Bebel, Thomas Hardy, and Richard von Krafft-Ebing. After him are Edward Whymper, Hans Makart, Johann II, Prince of Liechtenstein, Prince Robert, Duke of Chartres, Giovanni Verga, and Princess Margaretha of Saxony. Among people deceased in 1914, Alfred Thayer Mahan ranks 23Before him are Eugen Böhm von Bawerk, Eduard Suess, Ambrose Bierce, Alphonse Bertillon, Alexander Samsonov, and Georges Picquart. After him are Joseph Chamberlain, Joseph Swan, Alain-Fournier, John Tenniel, Charles Péguy, and Empress Shōken.

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Among people born in United States, Alfred Thayer Mahan ranks 1,116 out of 18,182Before him are William Tecumseh Sherman (1820), Bob Kane (1915), Kyle MacLachlan (1959), Jonathan Banks (1947), Vint Cerf (1943), and Jill Biden (1951). After him are Robert Aldrich (1918), David Hasselhoff (1952), David Bohm (1992), Eleanor H. Porter (1868), Jordan Belfort (1962), and Mr. T (1952).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Alfred Thayer Mahan ranks 110Before him are John Grisham (1955), Daniel Goleman (1946), Noah Gordon (1926), James Jones (1921), Roger Zelazny (1937), and Marshall Rosenberg (1934). After him are Eleanor H. Porter (1868), Richard Matheson (1926), Stephen Crane (1871), James Brendan Connolly (1868), Donna Leon (1942), and Daniel Keyes (1927).