GREAT AMERICAN NAVAL BATTLES
edited by Jack Sweetman
A distinguished team of historians presents authoritative
accounts of nineteen of the most important battles fought by American
naval forces in this volume of essays, compiled and introduced by
the well-known naval historian Jack Sweetman. The battles include
two in the War of Independence, three in the War of 1812, three
in the Civil War, two in the Spanish-American War, eight in World
War II and one in the postwar period.
Based on up-to-date
scholarship and written to both educate and entertain, each of the
essays provides a scene-setting overview of the strategic situation
at the time of the action, a description of the battle itself, and
an examination of its significance. Biographical profiles of American
commanders illustrate the critical influence of leadership in combat.
Sweetman opens the book with an interpretive survey of American
naval history from the American Revolution through the Gulf War
and an analysis
of the evolving strategic and doctrinal contexts
in which the navy's operations have occurred. While there are any
number of general histories of the U.S. Navy available, this is
the first battle history to appear in more than fifty years. Many
of the essayists included, Edward L. Beach and Paul Stillwell to
name two, are authors of other respected Naval Institute publications.
A generous selection of maps and charts, detailed orders of battle,
portraits, and combat art complement its authoritative text to create
a work sure to prove of enduring value.
Jack Sweetman, a retired history professor at
the U.S. Naval Academy, is the author of American Naval History
and The US Naval Academy and the editor of The Great Admirals, among
560 pages. 34 photographs
28 maps. Notes. Index.
6” x 9”