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.
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.
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)
The Lower Deck of the Royal Navy Since 1939 to the Present Day
1st Edition Hardcover ISBN: 1591140358
Brian Lavery, the pre-eminent historian of the Royal Navy, returns with the third volume of his engaging social history of the Royal Navy's 'lower deck'--the world of the seamen as distinct from the officers of the 'quarterdeck.' He examines the world of the sailor from the outbreak of war in 1939 through 70 years of change up to his place in the modern Royal Navy. The author illuminates the inherent adaptability of the professional sailor, as new technologies demanded increased professionalism, specialization and training. He also focuses on the changing social structure of the Navy, and the periods of expansion as the service coped with great demands made through two World Wars and innumerable other conflicts across the globe.
America's Black Sea Fleet
The U.S. Navy Amidst War and Revolution, 1919-1923
Paperback ISBN: 168247187x
Drawing on previously untapped sources, Robert Shenk offers a revealing portrait of America's small Black Sea fleet in the years following World War I. In a high-tempo series of operations throughout the Black and Aegean Seas and the eastern Mediterranean, this small force of destroyers and other naval vessels responded ably to several major international crises. Home-ported in Constantinople, U.S. Navy ships helped evacuate some 150,000 White Russians during the last days of the Russian Revolution; coordinated the visits of the Hoover grain ships to ports in southern Russia where millions were suffering a horrendous famine; reported on the terrible death marches endured by the Greeks of the Pontus region of Turkey; and conducted the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of Greek and Armenian refugees from burning Smyrna, the cataclysmic conclusion of the Turkish Nationalist Revolution. After Smyrna, the destroyers escorted Greek steamers in their rescue of ethnic Christian civilians being expelled from all the ports of Anatolian Turkey. Shenk's incisive depiction of Adm. Mark Bristol as both head of U.S. naval forces and America's chief diplomat in the region helps to make this book the first-ever comprehensive account of a vital but little-known naval undertaking.
American Heavy Frigates 1794-1826
Paperback ISBN: 1841766305
Offers a history of the 44-gun frigate and a review of the performance of three ships--the Constitution, United States, and President.
American Sea Power in the Old World
The United States Navy in European and Near Eastern Waters, 1865-1917
Paperback ISBN: 1591146186
This classic study examines the deployment of U.S. naval vessels in European and Near Eastern waters from the end of the Civil War until the United States declared war in April 1917. Initially these ships were employed to visit various ports from the Baltic Sea to the eastern Mediterranean and Constantinople (today Istanbul), for the primary purpose of showing the flag. From the 1890s on, most of the need for the presence of the American warships occurred in the eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea. Unrest in the Ottoman Empire and particularly the Muslim hostility and threats to Armenians led to calls for protection. This would continue into the years of World War I. In 1905, the Navy Department ended the permanent stationing of a squadron in European waters. From then until the U.S. declaration of war in 1917, individual ships, detached units, and special squadrons were at times deployed in European waters. In 1908, the converted yacht Scorpion was sent as station ship (stationnaire) to Constantinople where she would remain, operating in the eastern Mediterranean and Black Sea until 1928. Upon the outbreak of World War I, President Woodrow Wilson ordered cruisers to northern European waters and the Mediterranean to protect American interests. These warships, however, did more than protect American interests. They would evacuate thousands of refugees, American tourists, Armenians, Jews, and Italians after Italy entered the conflict on the side of the Allies.