Admiral Gorshkov

The Man Who Challenged the U.S. Navy
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Published:March 15, 2019

This is a book about a man and his ability to change a culture and to create a powerful navy that was radically different from traditional navies, one that could even challenge the U.S. Navy. He was able to accomplish this despite strong opposition from the nation’s army-dominated power structure.

Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union Sergei G. Gorshkov was the product of a tradition unlike those of his Western contemporaries. He had a unique background of revolution, civil war, world wars, and the forceful implementation of an all-controlling communist dictatorship. Out of this background of violence and overwhelming transformation came a man with a vivid appreciation of the role and value of navies, but with his own unique ideas about the kind of navy that the Soviet Union required and the role that navy should play in Soviet military and national strategy.

Western naval observers have persisted in attempting to define Admiral Gorshkov in Western naval terms. Many of these observers have been baffled when they found that the man and his actions simply did not fit conventional narratives. This book lays out the tradition, background, experiences, and thinking of the man as they relate to the development of the Soviet Navy that Gorshkov commanded for almost three decades and that was able to directly challenge the maritime dominance of the United States—a traditional sea power. His influence persists to this day, as the Russian Navy that is at sea in the twenty-first century is, to a significant degree, based on the fleet that Admiral Gorshkov built.

 

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Product Details
  • Subject: Biography & Memoirs
  • Hardback : 304 pages
  • ISBN-10: 1682473309
  • ISBN-13: 9781682473306
  • Product Dimensions: 6 X 9 in
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Praise
  • "This Triumvirate of Soviet Navy experts join forces to describe a legendary adversary Admiral during the Cold War. For the first time, Polmar, Fedoroff and Brooks explain and explore Gorshkov's revolutionary high-seas operations and forward employment of nuclear submarines. Timely, powerful, and relevant!" —Admiral James G. Foggo III, USN Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa
  • “For most of the last half of the Twentieth Century Admiral Sergey Georgiyevich Gorshkov personified the principal challenge to the hegemony of the United States Navy on the high seas. This informative and well-written book tells in great, but never boring, detail how Gorshkov almost single-handedly grew the Soviet Navy into the potent challenger it became.” —Robert F. Dunn, VADM USN (Ret), Past President, Naval Historical Foundation and air wing commander and operations officer U.S. Sixth Fleet during several Soviet confrontations

Norman Polmar is an analyst, author, and consultant, specializing in naval, aviation, and technology subjects.  He has directed studies related to the Soviet/Russian navies for various government organizations, and has been a consultant or advisor on related issues to three U.S. Senators,  the Speaker of the House, the Deputy Counselor to the President, and three Secretaries of the Navy. He has visited the Soviet Union/Russia several times as a guest of the  Navy commander-in-chief, the submarine design bureaus, and the Institute of U.S. Studies. 

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