Praise for PUSHING THE LIMITS
“Pushing the Limits is a quick and enjoyable read, and includes an excellent collection of photographs, mostly from the USN’s own historical archives. LaVO states in the preface that he believes McCann deserves recognition for much more than just the rescue chamber for which he is famous. With this publication, he has succeeded in bestowing upon McCann some of the recognition he is due.”
—International Journal of Maritime History
“Naval historian Carl LaVO consolidates his reputation as a recognized voice of the USN’s ‘Silent Service’ with this riveting account of Vice Admiral McCann’s pivotal contributions to pre?World War II submarine development and strategy. In every sense he takes his readers below the surface of great events to show us the ‘how,’ ‘why,’ and ‘when’ of victory at sea.”
—James Talbot, author of The Thief Fleet: Unwanted, Unwilling, Unruly
“Carl LaVO once again captures the extraordinary spirit and accomplishments of a great American and submariner, Vice Adm. Alan McCann, across a critical period for the United States Navy and the submarine force. Carl’s detailed accounting illustrates the finest attributes embodied in Admiral McCann’s service that we continue to seek in the men and women serving at sea today.”
—Vice Adm. Van Mauney, USN (Ret.), former Deputy Commander, U.S. STRATCOM and director, Submarine Warfare
Vice Admiral Allan Rockwell McCann left no reminiscences that might reveal a deeper sense of his extraordinary service, but naval historian Carl LaVO has filled that void by writing this revealing—and often inspiring—biography. Among McCann’s many accomplishments: Served as liaison officer for the modification of the antiquated O-12 submarine into the privately-leased Nautilus that made the first attempt to sail beneath the Arctic ice shelf in 1931; pioneered the McCann Submarine Rescue Chamber; directed fire from the sub tender Pelias at Japanese aircraft attacking Pearl Harbor; commanded the battleship Iowa during the Battle of Leyte Gulf; was Chief of Staff of the Navy’s 10th Fleet that stymied a last ditch effort to attack North America via U-boats; headed the Navy task force that transported President Truman to the Potsdam conference; and as ComSubPac was aboard the first submarine to navigate under the polar ice in 1947. This book is an overdue appreciation of a significant admiral who has been all but ignored in naval history.
- Listen to Carl LaVO talk about Pushing the Limits on "Military Monday" w/host John Gresham, here.