- ISBN/SKU: 9780870212482
- Binding: Hardcover
- Era: 19th Century
- Number of Pages: 408
- Subject: History
- Date Available: September 2008
This classic study tracks the development of the modern U.S. Navy from its first steel ships to its emergence as a mature fighting force known as the Great White Fleet. First published in 1972, the book continues to be in demand because of its outstanding photographic coverage of the ships and men of the early modern Navy and the author's thorough coverage of the Navy's transition from wood and sail to steel and steam.
John D. Alden, a retired U.S. Navy commander and World War II veteran, has written five books and numerous articles for the U.S. Naval Institute.