Aircraft Carriers: A History of Carrier Aviation and its Influence on World Events. Vol. I, 1909-1945
Norman Polmar. Washington, DC: Potomac Hooks. 2006. 576 pp. Illus. Maps. Appens. Index. $49.95.
Reviewed by Barrett Tillman
Like their authors, books have lives. Most are ephemeral, a few are ageless, Fewer still are resurrected. Aircraft Carriers belongs to the last category.
First published in 1969, Norman Polmar's authoritative history of flattops represented a landmark in naval aviation literature. It was a rarity: an immediate standard reference that would demand updating. However, decades passed without additional installments.
Now, 37 years later, Aircraft Carriers has been reissued as a two-volume set spanning nearly a century of sea-based aviation.