Under the Black Flag
The Romance And the Reality of Life Among the Pirates
Paperback ISBN: 081297722x
A revisionist history of the golden age of piracy draws on original archive records to provide a realistic study of pirates and their lives that refutes many of the myths about the era.
Ship of Ghosts
The Story of the USS Houston, FDR's Legendary Lost Cruiser, and the Epic Saga of Her Survivors
Hardcover ISBN: 0553803905
Describes the loss of the cruiser U.S.S. Houston in the Dutch East Indies during the early days of World War II in the Pacific and the fate of the warship's surviving crew, who were captured by the Japanese and forced to work as slaves on Japan's brutal Burma-Thailand Death Railway. 75,000 first printing.
Science, War, and the Devil's Pact
Hardcover ISBN: 0670030759
Describes how German scientists under Hitler knowingly broke international agreements in order to build deadly weapons prior to World War I, discussing German innovation and breakthroughs that paved the way to the discovery of atomic fission and how such innovations were tainted by Hitler's xenophobic ideologies. 125,000 first printing.
A Most Fortunate Ship
A Narrative History of Old Ironsides
Paperback ISBN: 1591145139
The story of America's oldest commissioned ship, the frigate, the U.S.S. Constitution, known as "Old Ironsides," is retold from its maiden voyage in 1798 to its prominent activities in the U.S. bicentennial celebration to the ship's own 1997 bicentennial, discussing the ship's construction, its restoration, its military service, and more. Reprint.
The Year China Discovered America
Paperback ISBN: 006054094x
Argues that the Chinese discovered America and established colonies there before Columbus and that European explorers such as Magellan and Cook "discovered" new lands using pre-existing Chinese maps. Reprint. 100,000 first printing.
The World's Merchant Fleets, 1939
The Particulars And Wartime Fates of 6,000 Ships
Hardcover ISBN: 1591149592
At the outbreak of war in 1939 the 6,000-plus merchant ships spread across the world's oceans became pawns in the global conflict that permeated the operations of every shipping line on every continent. This heavily illustrated book presents the details of those ships and describes the fate of those lost between 1939 and 1945. Divided first by country and then by shipping company, the book includes the ships of such great companies as Blue Star Line, Hamburg America, and American President Lines. Details of the builders, dimensions, funnel markings, propulsion, routes, passengers, and cargoes are all given in easy-to-read tables. Some 350 photographs illustrate a representative selection of the ships. The second part of the book gives the details of the losses of around 3,000 of these vessels. For merchant ship enthusiasts as well as World War II historians this is a useful reference tool. Many will see it as a magnificent encyclopedia of merchant shipping and a wonderfully nostalgic view of the golden age of shipping as well as an eloquent reminder of the horrors and waste of war.
First to Fight
An Inside View of the U.S. Marine Corps
Paperback ISBN: 1557504644
Marine general Victor "Brute" Krulak offers here a riveting insiders's chronicle of U.S. Marines - their fights on the battlefield and off, and their extraordinary esprit de corps. He not only takes a close look at the Marine experience during World War II, Korea, and Vietnam - wars in which Krulak was himself a participant - but also examines the foundation on which the Corps is built. In doing so, he helps answer the question of what it means to be a Marine and how the Corps has maintained such a consistently outstanding reputation.