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Alphabetically arranged entries offer a complete history of the submarine, covering classes, individual submarines, battles, distinguished figures, and key nautical, military, and scientific terms.
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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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