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Great American Naval Battles

Author: Jack Sweetman (Editor)
Hardcover
560 pages (March 1999)
United States Naval Inst.;
ISBN: 1557507945 ;
Dimensions (in inches): 1.33 x 9.44 x 6.42

Table of Contents

List of Maps
List of Tables
Acknowledgments
Introduction
About the Contributors
1. The Battle of Valcour Island
JAMES KIRBY MARTIN
2. The Battle of Flamborough Head
JAMES C. BRADFORD
3. The Constitution's Battles
LINDA M. MALONEY
4. The Battle of Lake Erie
DAVID CURTIS SKAGGS
5. The Battle of Lake Champlain
W. M. P. DUNNE
6. The Battle of Hampton Roads WILLIAM N. STILL JR.
7. The Battle of New Orleans
MARK L. HAYES
8. The Battle of Mobile Bay JACK H. FRIEND
9. The Battle of Manila Bay JOHN B. HATTENDORF
10. The Battle of Santiago
DAVID F. TRASK
11. The Attack on Pearl Harbor
EDWARD L. BEACH
12. The Battle of the Coral Sea E. B. POTTER
13. The Battle of Midway BARRETT TILLMAN
14. The Naval Battle of Guadalcanal: The Battleship Night Action
PAUL STILLWELL
15. The Battle of the Atlantic WILLIAM T. Y'BLOOD
16. The Battle of the Philippine Sea H. P. WILLMOTT
17. The Battle of Leyte Gulf
THOMAS J. CUTLER
18. The Battle for Okinawa JEFFREY G. BARLOW
19. Operation Praying Mantis
MICHAEL A. PALMER
Index

 

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 other books.

 

560 pages. 34 photographs

28 maps. Notes. Index.

6 x 9

ISBN: 1557507945

 

 

 


 

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