Encyclopedia of American Submarines (Facts on File Library of American History)

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Since the unsuccessful voyage of the Turtle in the Revolutionary War, submarines have played an integral part in America's defense and peace-keeping efforts. The Encyclopedia of American Submarines is an extensive, one-stop reference to the history and development of the undersea craft, both military and civilian, in the United States, its territories, and all of the waters where they have ranged for more than two centuries. Thoroughly researched and written for general readers and enthusiasts alike, more than 300 entries are extensively illustrated with photographs, drawings, and ships' insignia, and enhanced with a chronology of 100 years of submarines in the U.S. Navy, a glossary of key terms, and a bibliography for further reading. The Encyclopedia of American Submarines forms the perfect beginning for anyone seeking information on the subject. Coverage Includes: Submarine and undersea inventions; Submarine disasters; The military history of naval submarines; Biographies of key figures; Submarine components, such as ballast tanks, torpedo tubes, periscopes, radar, and reactors; Submarine missiles and defenses.

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This A-Z work brings together the technical and human side of dangerous and sometimes deadly undersea missions and explorations. Most of the more than 300 entries provide information on individual submarines, such as the H. L Hunley, a Confederate submarine and the first to sink a ship in wartime in 1864, and the Tang, a World War II submarine that sank itself with its own torpedo, all the way up to the Greeneville, the submarine that collided with a Japanese vessel off the coast of Hawaii in 2001, killing several Japanese crew members. Biographical information about significant individuals ranges from David Bushnell, who in 1776 created the first operational submarine, to Hyman George Rickover, the "father" of the navy's nuclear program. Other entries cover submarine weaponry like Trident and Polaris missiles, terms such as Subsafe and Wolf pack, and general topics such as Logistics, Lost boats, and World War I.

The heart of the work is the attention paid to individual submarines and their missions, failures, and successes. For security reasons, less detail is provided regarding the missions of submarines currently in use. A selected bibliography has material published from the World War II era to the present, which is appropriate for the historical coverage the authors strived to achieve. Other back matter includes a chronology of significant events, Navy submarines listed by commission date, a list of submarine museums in the U.S., a listing of related Web sites, definitions of acronyms, and a glossary.

This very accessible work provides an interesting and informative overview and is recommended for most libraries. RBB
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