The United States Navy: 200 Years.

BEACH, Edward L.

Published by Henry Holt and Company [1986], 1986
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Small 4to. Blue cloth spine with gilt lettering and light blue paper over boards, dust jacket. xxvi, 564pp. Illustrations. Fine/near fine. Tight, handsome first edition of this two century's chronicle by the famed submarine officer (1918-2002) who authored the 1955 bestseller "Run Silent, Run Deep" (among other books of fiction and nonfiction). He boldly inscribes and signs in black fineline the front flyleaf of this copy to the senator from Oregon, Robert Packwood:"For Senator Bob Packwood / With admiring regard and / deep respect -- / Edward L. (Ned) Beach.". Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: This volume: The United States Navy: 200 years, is the most readable, exciting, and judgmental history of the Navy history. Painstakingly researched and colorfully written.

From Publishers Weekly: As the author shows in this affectionate but balanced account, naval history before 1941 was largely a matter of growth and development, with only sporadic fighting (less than 60 hours of actual naval warfare, he estimates). Although he has much to say of interest about the formative years, it is generally by way of introduction to his vigorous account of the navy in World War II, when the navy was severely tested and stretched to the limit of its resources. The focus throughout is more on technical innovation and reform than battle tactics, and Beach introduces all of the key figures. Among them: Admiral William Sims, who brought about a quantum leap in the navy's offensive power in the late 19th century; Lt. Commander Dudley Morton, instrumental in the development of torpedoes that worked (in 1942 the failure rate was over 90% ); and Commander Joseph Rochefort who, in his indirect contribution to the victory at Midway, "made more difference, at a more important time, than any naval officer in history." Beach wrote Run Silent, Run Deep. Photos not seen by PW. Author tour.
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Title: The United States Navy: 200 Years.
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company [1986]
Publication Date: 1986
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