Great American Naval Battles

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Published:September 15, 2016
By Jack Sweetman (Editor)

A distinguished team of historians presents authoritative accounts of nineteen of the most important battles fought by American naval forces in this paperback volume of essays, compiled and introduced by the well-known naval historian Jack Sweetman.

Written to both educate and entertain, each of the essays provides a scene-setting overview of the strategic situation at the time of the battle, a description of the action itself, and an examination of its significance. Biographical profiles of American commanders illustrate the critical influence of leadership in combat. Sweetman opens the book with an interpretive survey of American naval history from the American Revolution through the Gulf War and an analysis of the evolving strategic and doctrinal contexts in which the Navy’s operations have occurred. Many of the essayists, including James C. Bradford, John B. Hattendorf, Edward L. Beach, E. B. Potter, Barrett Tillman, Paul Stillwell, H.P. Willmott, and Thomas J. Cutler, are authors of other respected Naval Institute Press publications. A generous selection of maps and charts, detailed orders of battle, portraits, and combat art complement the authoritative text to create a work sure to prove of enduring value.

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Product Details
  • Paperback : 456 pages
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (September 15, 2016)
  • ISBN-10: 1591146348
  • ISBN-13: 9781591146346
  • Product Dimensions: 6 X 9.25 in
  • Shipping Weight: 21.09 oz

Jack Sweetman is the author, coauthor, translator, editor or coeditor of ten books and many shorter pieces in the field of naval and military history. He served as a company commander in the U.S. Army and was a Ford Fellow at Emory University, where he earned his Ph. D. For many years contributing editor of Naval History magazine, he is a recipient of the Alfred Thayer Mahan Award for Literary Achievement and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He lives in Orlando, FL.

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