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Synopsis: When the battleship Maine was blown up in Havana Harbor in 1898 it precipitated the conflict that marked a decisive point in American history - the Spanish-American War. Conveniently, the Spanish were blamed for the explosion, but nagging questions persisted. There were several contradictory conclusions drawn about the cause of the great disaster, but none was based on solid technical explanations. As an engineer, Admiral Hyman G. Rickover was intrigued by this quandary and determined in 1976 to resolve it with the use of modern technical knowledge.
Armed with an analysis he requested from Ib Hansen and Robert Price, Rickover examined the 1898 inquiry and a more sophisticated subsequent study conducted when the stricken vessel was raised in 1911. He concluded that political considerations had led to technically unsound positions.
In 1976 he published the original edition of this book, positing an internal rather than external cause for the explosion: spontaneous combustion in a bunker containing bituminous coal caused a fire that triggered an explosion of the black powder stored in an adjacent magazine. Today, with a new foreword by the original research team of Hansen, Price, Francis Duncan, and Dana Wegner, and new material that was not publicly available in 1976 added to the appendix, this updated edition of Rickover's well-presented hypothesis provides the single best account of the cause of the explosion. As such it is a key component to understanding a major episode in American history and deserves to reach a broad audience.
Title: How the Battleship Maine Was Destroyed
Publisher: Naval Institute Press
Publication Date: 1995
Book Condition: Good
Book Description Naval Institute Press, 1995. Hardcover. Condition: Used: Very Good. 2nd Edition. Moderate wear,Ships fast K-b. Seller Inventory # 139911
Book Description Brand: Naval Institute Press, 1995. Hardcover. Condition: VERY GOOD. Pages are intact and are not marred by notes or highlighting, but may contain a neat previous owner name. The spine remains undamaged. Seller Inventory # 1557507171_abe_vg
Book Description Brand: Naval Institute Press, 1995. Hardcover. Condition: acceptable. Moderate to heavy notes, marking, highlighting, noticeable wear and tear, worn covers, crease pages. Seller Inventory # 1557507171_abe_ac
Book Description Naval Institute Press, 1995. Condition: Good. A+ Customer service! Satisfaction Guaranteed! Book is in Used-Good condition. Pages and cover are clean and intact. Used items may not include supplementary materials such as CDs or access codes. May show signs of minor shelf wear and contain limited notes and highlighting. Seller Inventory # 1557507171-2-4
Book Description Naval Inst Pr, 1995. Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Seller Inventory # GRP114487775
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Book Description Naval Institute Press, 1995. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 2nd Edition. Hardcover 1995 reprinting with new foreword in excellent, unmarked, next-to-pristine condition (slightest handling), with VG+ dust jacket (slight rubbing of the glossy surface). The DJ is protected by a new, clear, removeable cover. 178 pages. [1.3 lbs]. Seller Inventory # 071103
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Book Description Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, Maryland, 1995. Hard Back. Condition: Good+. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. Clean dust jacket, cover and text. This is a facsimile edition of the book originally published in 1976 by the Naval History Division, Dept. of the Navy. Partial contents: The Explosion; Cuba; Increasing Pressure; The Maine to Havana; Court of Inquiry; Toward War. --- We are a Benedictine Abbey / Seminary Library. Thank you for your support! Size: 28 Cm. Seller Inventory # 026525
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