The Devil's Disciples
Hitler's Inner Circle
Paperback ISBN: 0393326977
A new take on the Third Reich explores the brutal struggles for power within the Nazi regime among Hitler's lieutenants--struggles that resulted in millions of deaths throughout Europe--charting the jealousies and insanity of Goebbels, Himmler, Goring, Bormann, Speer, and Ribbentrop. Reprint. 17,000 first printing.
Decision at Sea
Five Naval Battles That Shaped American History
Paperback ISBN: 0195312112
From thunderous broadsides traded between wooden sailing ships on Lake Erie, to the carrier battles of World War II, to the devastating high-tech action in the Persian Gulf, here is a gripping history of five key battles that defined the evolution of naval warfare--and the course of the American nation. Acclaimed military historian Craig Symonds offers spellbinding narratives of crucial engagements, showing how each battle reveals the transformation of technology and weaponry from one war to the next; how these in turn transformed naval combat; and how each event marked a milestone in American history. Oliver Hazard Perry's heroic victory at Lake Erie, one of the last great battles of the Age of Sail, which secured the Northwestern frontier for the United States The brutal Civil War duel between the ironclads Monitor and Virginia, which sounded the death knell for wooden-hulled warships and doomed the Confederacy's hope of besting the Union navy Commodore Dewey's stunning triumph at Manila Bay in 1898, where the U.S. displayed its "new navy" of steel-hulled ships firing explosive shells and wrested an empire from a fading European power The hairsbreadth American victory at Midway, where aircraft carriers launched planes against enemies 200 miles away--and where the tide of World War II turned in the space of a few furious minutes Operation Praying Mantis in the Persian Gulf, where computers, ship-fired missiles, and "smart bombs" not only changed the nature of warfare at sea, but also marked a new era, and a new responsibility, for the United States. Symonds records these encounters in detail so vivid that readers can hear the wind in the rigging and feel the pounding of the guns. Yet he places every battle in a wide perspective, revealing their significance to America's development as it grew from a new Republic on the edge of a threatening frontier to a global superpower. Decision at Sea is a powerful and illuminating look at pivotal moments in the history of the Navy and of the United States. It is also a compelling study of the unchanging demands of leadership at sea, where commanders must make rapid decisions in the heat of battle with lives--and the fate of nations--hanging in the balance.
The Nazi Secret Service
Hardcover ISBN: 1840371471
The Nazi spy service was created by Reinhard Heydrich. Under his dedicated, methodical, and ruthless hand it grew into one of the most professional and dangerous espionage services in the world. SS Intelligence traces its early beginnings, its struggle with the lack of funds, rival operations, and its triumphs across Europe. This volume reveals new facts and provides insight that will fascinate every student of Hitler's Third Reich - and the spy game.
Sea of Thunder
Four Commanders and the Last Great Naval Campaign, 1941-1945
Paperback ISBN: 0743252225
A suspenseful account of the Battle of Leyte Gulf in October 1944 is told through the commands of four naval leaders, including two American commanders and two Japanese admirals, and offers insight into how the war reflected profound cultural differences. Reprint. 75,000 first printing.
United States Navy in the Pacific, 1909-1922
Paperback ISBN: 1591140889
This is a reprint of the 1971 publication constituting the second volume of Braisted's (former professor, history, U. of Texas at Austin) research on the relationship between the naval and diplomatic policies of the United States in the Pacific. The book focuses on efforts to secure America's East Asian possessions against potential Japanese attack, a contract that committed the U.S. Navy to train Chinese naval personnel, and the Washington Arms Conference of 1921-1922. Seven sections are presented on topics such as the Taft years, the pre-1917 Wilson era, the Navy in the Pacific during World War I, the Siberian intervention, the Navy at the Paris Peace Conference, from Paris to Washington, and the Washington Conference. Each section contains multiple chapters on its topic. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Seamanship in the Age of Sail
An Account of the Shiphandling of the Sailing Man-Of-War 1600-1860, Based on Contemporary Sources
Hardcover ISBN: 0870219553
Explains exactly how ninteenth-century sailing ships were controlled and discusses rigging, sails, steering, tacking, storms, and emergency procedures