At War at Sea by Ronald H. Spector
Sailors and Naval Combat in the Twentieth Century

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At War at Sea is a fascinating account of the most important naval conflicts of the twentieth century. The book begins with a gripping account of one of the most decisive battles in history, the 1905 Battle of Tsushima, between the Japanese and the Russians, and ends with the sophisticated missile engagements off the Falklands and the Persian Gulf.

Ronald H. Spector, former director of naval history for the U.S. Navy, chronicles not only the mechanics of battle and the changing technology of war, but also presents these extraordinary stories from the point of view of the participants. How did it feel to be the target of a 15-inch shell at the Battle of Jutland or to experience a depth charge attack in a submarine in the Battle of the Atlantic? What was it like to be under attack by Stuka dive bombers off Crete or kamikazes off Okinawa during World War II? Using more than a hundred diaries, memoirs, letters, and interviews as well as official records, Spector takes an in-depth look at fighting sailors-in peacetime and in time of war-that is unparalleled both in scope and emotional intensity.
 

About Ronald H. Spector

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Ronald H. Spector served as a marine in Vietnam. He is the author of numerous books, including Eagle Against the Sun: The American War Against Japan, which won the Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt Prize in Naval History. He is currently a professor of history and international relations at George Washington University.
 
Published January 1, 2001 by VIKING PRESS. 463 pages
Genres: History, War. Non-fiction

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The Pacific battles of 1942 confirmed the primacy of carriers over battleships: At Midway and Santa Cruz, American and Japanese fortunes shifted frequently, at horrific cost, demonstrating that “it was not technical but human problems that were most critical.” Simultaneously, the Battle of the At...

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Kahn's diary marvelously captures the daily grind and abrupt excitements of the war, and from an unusual angle.

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