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Carrier War: Aviation Art of World War II: Stillwell, Paul

Carrier War: Aviation Art of World War II

Stillwell, Paul

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ISBN 10: 1586633090 / ISBN 13: 9781586633097
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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NY: Friedman/Fairfax Publishing, 2002. First printing, Hard Cover w/ DJ. 144 p., color frontis, color illus, photos, illus endpapers, biblio, index, oversized, 144 pp. SIGNED by the author. A very nice copy with clean, crisp tight pages and no markings. The DJ is not price clipped ($29.95). Book and Dust Jacket Condition: VG. Bookseller Inventory # 3423

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Title: Carrier War: Aviation Art of World War II

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Breathtaking paintings by the most respected aviation and military artists preserve the moment when the aircraft carrier became the cornerstone of naval warfare. Begin with the earliest demonstrations of planes flying from and landing on ships, and the carrier's evolution in the period between the wars. The British, Japanese, and US fleets all obtained true carriers, with their numbers growing wildly by World War II. Written, with gripping historical anecdotes, by a renowned military historian.

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In a well-constructed book, author Paul Stillwell takes the reader through that period of maritime history which saw the aircraft carrier in WW2 suddenly thrust from a supporting to a leading role as a result of that infamous attack on Pearl Harbour. Cleverly laid out by someone who clearly knows his subject, Stillwell uses an excellent choice of artwork and historic photographs to underpin a text which takes the reader forward - almost step at a time, through some of the most defining moments of aircraft carrier history. Every so often he pauses to recount someone or something as an aside. The story of naval pilot Lieutenant Alberto C. "Silver" Emerson, lost over Guadalcanal in February 1943, is one such anecdotal example and makes the book all the more interesting because of its inclusion. Always pleasing to find an American historian who recognises the simple fact that the Royal Navy also operated aircraft carriers during the period in question, I found it particularly interesting to compare the work of different artists. I suspect all readers will immediately warm to whichever becomes their own favourite. Altogether an extremely interesting book from an author who applies great skill and knowledge to the task of telling the story of the aircraft carrier during WW2. I consider this book an excellent addition to my own library. --By Ned Middleton

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