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On The Warpath In The Pacific: Admiral Jocko Clark And The Fast Carriers
On The Warpath In The Pacific
Admiral Jocko Clark And The Fast Carriers
Hardcover      ISBN: 1591147166
The flamboyant Clark the highest-ranking naval officer of Native American descent in US history was admired by his men but not by everyone for his "Call 'em as I see 'em" leadership style. Author Reynolds, a naval historian who collaborated on Clark's 1967 autobiography, looks to family papers and other sources to focus on Clark's role in one of the great transformations of the US Navy: the change from a surface-only force to one in which aviation plays a major role. Lightly illustrated in b&w. The accompanying CD includes excerpts of interviews Reynolds conducted with Admirals Clark, Arleigh Burke, and George Anderson and other notable naval figures. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Patton And Rommel: Men of War in the Twentieth Century
Patton And Rommel
Men of War in the Twentieth Century
Paperback      ISBN: 0425206637
A thought-provoking dual biography looks at the lives and military careers of two renowned World War II generals from opposite sides of the conflict--Erwin Rommel and George S. Patton--analyzing the paths each man took, the decisions they made, and their seminal influence on military tactics and history. Reprint.
Lejeune: A Marine's Life, 1867-1942
A Marine's Life, 1867-1942
Paperback      ISBN: 1557500630
This well-documented and hard-hitting biography of the thirteenth commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps succeeds in converting John A. Lejeune from a near mythical figure in corps history to a flesh and blood officer who helped build the service from a small appendage of the U.S. Navy to an important arm of naval warfare. Commandant from 1920 to 1929, when he retired from military service to become president of Virginia Military Institute, Major General Lejeune is regarded by many as the man most responsible for the establishment of the modern Marine Corps. In capturing the life and times of this visionary leader who directed the corps toward major amphibious operations, Merrill Bartlett provides vivid insight into the political and military giants of the era and shows Lejeune to be an adroit player of Washington politics and a shrewd manipulator who marshalled the energies and loyalties of his senior officers to accomplish his vision.
John Paul Jones: Sailor, Hero, Father of the American Navy
John Paul Jones
Sailor, Hero, Father of the American Navy
Hardcover      ISBN: 0743205839
Traces the naval hero's modest Scottish origins, the circumstances that brought him to America under a charge of murder and a false name, his sea battle achievements, and his acclaim by such figures as Washington, Jefferson, Adams, and Franklin.
The Pianist: The Extraordinary True Story of One Man's Survival in Warsaw, 1939-1945
The Pianist
The Extraordinary True Story of One Man's Survival in Warsaw, 1939-1945
Paperback      ISBN: 0312311354
A long-suppressed and moving true testament to the strength of the human spirit and the power of music recounts the World War II experiences of a professional Warsaw pianist who, though losing his family, survives the Holocaust in hiding. Reissue. (A new film, directed by Roman Polanski, winner of the Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or, starring Adrien Brody) (History)
U-Boat Ace: The Story of Wolfgang Luth
U-Boat Ace
The Story of Wolfgang Luth
Paperback      ISBN: 1557508631
An exceptional figure in the history of the German Navy, Wolfgang Luth was one of only seven men in the Wehrmacht to win Germany's highest combat decoration, the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords, and Diamonds. At one time or another he operated in almost every theater of the undersea war, from Norway to the Indian Ocean, and became the second most successful German U-boat ace in World War II, sinking more than 220,000 tons of merchant shipping. A master in the art of military leadership, Luth was the youngest man to be appointed to the rank of captain and the youngest to become commandant of the German Naval Academy. Nevertheless, his accomplishments were overshadowed by those of other great aces, such as Prien, Kretschmer, and Topp. The publication of this book in hardcover in 1990 marked the first comprehensive study of Luth's life. Jordan Vause corrects the long neglect by providing an entertaining and authoritative biography that places the ace in the context of the war at sea. This new paperback edition includes corrections and additional information collected by the author over the past decade.
The Long Walk
The Long Walk
Paperback      ISBN: 1558216847
Describes the four-thousand-mile journey across the Gobi Desert and the Himalayas of seven men who escaped from a Siberian prison camp
Bull Halsey
Bull Halsey
Paperback      ISBN: 1591146917
Traces the life of Admiral William F. Halsey and examines his actions as the leader of the American forces in the South Pacific during World War II
A Prince of Our Disorder: The Life of T. E. Lawrence
A Prince of Our Disorder
The Life of T. E. Lawrence
Paperback      ISBN: 0674704940
John Mack explores the relationship between Lawrence's inner life and his historically significant actions. Interviews, correspondence, access to War Office dispatches and unpublished letters provide the basis for Macks's investigation of the psychological dimensions of Lawrence's personality.
Paperback      ISBN: 0684849275
Arguing that Grant has been underrated by historians, the author seeks to correct the record with this new assessment of the celebrated Civil War general and Reconstruction-era president.