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 #
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.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Title: The United States Navy: 200 Years.
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company 
Publication Date: 1986
Book Description Henry Holt and Co., 1986. Book Condition: Good. 1st. Ships from Reno, NV. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP92247970
Book Description Henry Holt and Co. Hardcover. Book Condition: VERY GOOD. Cover and pages show some wear from reading and storage. May have creases on the cover and binding caused from handling and reading. Some pages may contain writing and or highlighting. Bookseller Inventory # 2749810151
Book Description Henry Holt and Co. Hardcover. Book Condition: VERY GOOD. Very Good copy, cover and pages show some wear from reading and storage. Binding may have light creases. Lots of life left in these pages. Bookseller Inventory # 2749850224
Book Description Holt & Company, Henry. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Ex-Library Book - will contain Library Markings. Only lightly used. Book has minimal wear to cover and binding. A few pages may have small creases and minimal underlining. Bookseller Inventory # G0030447119I3N10
Book Description Holt & Company, Henry. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Ex-Library Book - will contain Library Markings. Book shows minor use. Cover and Binding have minimal wear, and the pages have only minimal creases. Bookseller Inventory # G0030447119I3N10
Book Description Henry Holt and Co. Book Condition: Good. . Good dust jacket. Slightly dampstained. Bookseller Inventory # B19B-01098
Book Description Henry Holt and Co. Book Condition: Good. . Very Good dust jacket. Bookplate inside. Bookseller Inventory # S16B-01998
Book Description Henry Holt and Co., NY, 1986. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good Plus. First Edition. 1st printing 564p. index. illus dj edge roughened inner dj spot stain bottom spine end Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 45158
Book Description Henry Holt and Co., 1986. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 0030447119 A Very Nice Book From Private Collection. This Is A Clean, Tight Copy. Book Shows Only Typical, Used Wear. Owner's Name Ink Stamped On Front Page. A Very Nice Copy Overall. Not Remainder, Not Ex-Library. Bookseller Inventory # 018857
Book Description Henry Holt and Co. Book Condition: Good. First edition copy. . Good dust jacket. Gifter's inscription on endpage. Bookseller Inventory # X03E-00494