Carrier Battles

Command Decision in Harm's Way

  • Subject: U.S. Navy
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    March 1, 2020
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  • Product Dimensions:
    9 × 6 × 1 in
  • Product Weight:
    18 oz
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Carrier Battles considers the transformation of the U.S. Navy from a defensive-minded coastal defense force into an offensive risk-taking navy in the very early stages of World War II. Noting that none of the navy’s most significant World War II leaders were commissioned before the Spanish-American War and none participated in any important offensive operations in World War I, Douglas Smith examines the premise that education, rather than experience in battle, accounts for that transformation. In this book, Smith evaluates his premise by focusing on the five carrier battles of World War II to determine the extent to which the inter-war education of the major operational commanders translated into their decision processes, and the extent that their interaction during their educational experiences transformed them from risk-adverse to risk-accepting in their operational concepts.

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“Leaders and the decisions they make determine the outcome in war. . . . Carrier Battles will provide an insight into the leadership decision-making process and rationale that secured the seas and won the war—a thorough understanding of which will make each officer a better leader and a better commander.” —From the foreword by Thomas B. Fargo, Admiral, U.S. Navy (Ret.), and J. B. Nathan, Admiral, U.S. Navy