The 100-Gun Ship Victory
Paperback ISBN: 1591146372
An example of the ultimate sailing warship--the three-decker First Rate-Victory was the most popular and successful 100-gun ship of the period, and the flagship of Nelson at Trafalgar. First published in 1987 in the acclaimed Anatomy of the Ship series, 100 Gun Ship Victory is now available in paperback for the first time. The titles in this series are acknowledged for the detailed information they provide about historic ships and this volume presents detailed descriptions and illustrations of the HMS Victory, including a pictorial section with numerous close-up photographs and on-board views of ship equipment and spaces. Three hundred perspective and three-view drawings, with fully descriptive keys, illustrate every detail of the ship, including hull construction, masts and yards, armament, rigging, decoration and fittings. These accurate and comprehensive drawings offer ship buffs, historians, and model makers a full view of the ship and her position in the development of the First Rate.
The Accidental Admiral
A Sailor Takes Command at NATO
Hardcover ISBN: 1612517048
After he was selected to be NATO's sixteenth Supreme Allied Commander, The New York Times described Jim Stavridis as a "Renaissance admiral." A U. S. Naval Academy graduate with a master's degree and doctorate from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, conversant in both French and Spanish, this author of numerous books and articles impressed the Navy's leaders and senior Pentagon civilians with his wide range of interests, educational background, keen understanding of strategic doctrine, mastery of long-range planning, and command of international affairs. Since NATO had previously been led by generals, Stavridis saw his assignment as the first admiral to take command as somewhat "accidental." As the American and NATO commander in Europe responsible for 120,000 coalition troops serving in fifty-one nations, on three continents and at sea he had come a long way since almost leaving the Navy for law school five years after receiving his commission. The Accidental Admiral offers an intimate look at the challenges of directing NATO operations in Afghanistan, military intervention in Libya, and preparation for possible war in Syria--as well as worrying about the Balkans, cyber threats, and piracy, all while cutting NATO by a third due to budget reductions by the twenty-eight nations of the alliance. More than just describing the history of the times, Stavridis also shares his insights into the personalities of President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretaries of Defense Robert Gates, Leon Panetta, and Chuck Hagel, Afghan President Hamid Karzai; Generals David Petraeus, Stanley McChrystal, John Allen, and many more. Known as an innovator and an early adopter of technology and social media, Stavridis' ability to think "outside the box" and sail in uncharted waters is unmatched. He shares his insights on leadership, strategic communications, planning, and the convergence of threats that will confront the United States and its allies in the near future. Stavridis is an advocate of the use of "Smart Power," which he defines as the balance of hard and soft power. He explains that in creating security in the twenty-first century it is critical to build bridges, not walls, and stresses the need to connect international, interagency, and public-private actors to achieve security.
The Man Who Challenged the U.S. Navy
Hardcover ISBN: 1682473309
"The Russian Navy that is at sea in the 21st Century is, to a significant degree, based on the fleet that this man built. This Russian Navy that sent a nuclear-propelled battle cruiser into the Caribbean in 2008, supported the Soviet combat actions in Syria beginning in 2015, and fired missiles from surface ships and a submarine into "rebel" areas in Syria, can trace its "roots" directly to Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union Sergei G. Gorshkov"--
The Commander of the Pacific Ocean Theater
Hardcover ISBN: 0230107656
Chester Nimitz was an admiral’s Admiral, considered by many to be the greatest naval leader of the last century. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Nimitz assembled the forces, selected the leaders, and—as commander of all U.S. and Allied air, land, and sea forces in the Pacific Ocean—led the charge one island at a time, one battle at a time, toward victory. A brilliant strategist, he astounded contemporaries by achieving military victories against fantastic odds, outpacing more flamboyant luminaries like General Douglas MacArthur and Admiral “Bull” Halsey. And he was there to accept, on behalf of the United States, the surrender of the Japanese aboard the battleship USS Missouri in August 1945. In this first biography in over three decades, Brayton Harris uses long-overlooked files and recently declassified documents to bring to life one of America’s greatest wartime heroes.
Nelson of the East
Paperback ISBN: 1906598622
Togo Heihachiro (1848–1934) was born into a feudal society that had withdrawn into seclusion for 250 years. As a teenage samurai, he witnessed the destruction wrought upon his native land by British warships. As the legendary "Silent Admiral," he was at the forefront of innovations in warfare, pioneering the Japanese use of modern gunnery and wireless communication. Togo is best known as the "Nelson of the East" for his resounding victory over the tsar’s navy in the Russo-Japanese War, but he also lived a remarkable life, studying at a British maritime college and witnessing the Sino-French War, the Hawaiian Revolution, and the Boxer Uprising. After his retirement, he was appointed to oversee the education of Emperor Hirohito. This new biography spans Japan’s sudden, violent leap out of its self-imposed isolation and into the twentieth century. Delving beyond Togo’s finest hour at the Battle of Tsushima, it portrays the life of a diffident Japanese sailor in Victorian Britain; his reluctant celebrity in America, where he was laid low by Boston cooking and welcomed by his biggest fan, Theodore Roosevelt; his role in forgotten wars over the short-lived Republics of Ezo and Formosa; and the accumulation of peacetime experience that forged a wartime hero. Jonathan Clements studied Chinese and Japanese at the University of Leeds before receiving a master’s degree from the University of Stirling. He has written books on many prominent figures in Asian history, including Marco Polo, Chairman Mao, Confucius, and the Japan volume in the Makers of the Modern World series on Prince Saionji.
Nimitz, Halsey, Leahy, and King--The Five-Star Admirals Who Won the War at Sea
Paperback ISBN: 0316097837
The author of 1812 and Polk evaluates the pivotal contributions of history's only five-star admirals and how their triumphs in World War II rendered the United States the world's dominant sea power. 50,000 first printing.
The Naval War in Northern European Waters, June 1916-November 1918
Paperback ISBN: 1682473279
"After Jutland analyses the naval war in Northern European waters following the Battle of Jutland. After Jutland focuses primarily on the Royal Navy as the dominant maritime force, but it also examines the struggles of the beleaguered German and Russian navies as each descended into revolution, as well as the challenges faced by the United States Navy after America entered the war"--
The Age of the Ship of the Line
The British & French Navies, 1650-1815
Hardcover ISBN: 080321930x
For nearly two hundred years huge wooden warships called “ships of the line” dominated war at sea and were thus instrumental in the European struggle for power and the spread of imperialism. Foremost among the great naval powers were Great Britain and France, whose advanced economies could support large numbers of these expensive ships. This book, the first joint history of these great navies, offers a uniquely impartial and comprehensive picture of the two forces, their shipbuilding programs, naval campaigns, and battles, and their wartime strategies and diplomacy. Jonathan R. Dull is the author of two award-winning histories of the French navy. Bringing to bear years of study of war and diplomacy, his book conveys the fine details and the high drama of the age of grand and decisive naval conflict. Dull delves into the seven wars that Great Britain and France, often in alliance with lesser naval powers such as Spain and the Netherlands, fought between 1688 and 1815. Viewing war as most statesmen of the time saw it—as a contest of endurance—he also treats the tragic side of the Franco-British wars, which shattered the greater security and prosperity the two powers enjoyed during their brief period as allies.
Agents of Innovation
The General Board and the Design of the Fleet That Defeated the Japanese Navy
1st Edition Hardcover ISBN: 1591144485
Military historian Kuehn (US Army Command and General Staff College, Kansas) argues that the US Navy's contribution to victory in the Pacific Theater of World War II can only be understood by studying how the General Board of the US Navy constructed the treaty navy during the period between the wars. Challenging the conventional view, he says that the naval arms limitations that the US agreed to after World War I made the Navy more not less prepared when hostilities broke out. The study began as his Ph.D. dissertation at Kansas State University in 2004. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Aircraft Carriers at War
A Personal Retrospective of Korea, Vietnam, and the Soviet Confrontation
Hardcover ISBN: 1591143918
Drawing on his extensive service on several destroyers from World War II through combat in Vietnam, where he was captain of the first nuclear-powered carrier, Admiral Holloway (retired, US Navy) traces the history and operations of US naval aviation. He also explains why, after six decades, the aircraft carrier still has a key role to play in national security. Period photographs are from his private collection. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)