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One Hundred Years of Sea Power: The U. S. Navy, 1890-1990

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A navy is a state's main instrument of maritime force. What it should do, what doctrine it holds, what ships it deploys, and how it fights are determined by practical political and military choices in relation to national needs. Choices are made according to the state's goals, perceived threat, maritime opportunity, technological capabilities, practical experience, and, no ...more
Paperback, 568 pages
Published July 1st 1996 by Stanford University Press (first published August 1st 1994)
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Terrific general history of the US Navy.
This is a very well written book on the development of the USN into a first class strategic navy. Mr. Baer traces various influences on the political and material development of the Navy, starting with the Spanish American War. Especially interesting was the impact of the Russo Japanese War, not only on U.S. naval strategic thought, but on U.S- Japanese relations up to 1941. Another fascinating aspect of the work is how naval planners focused on aircraft carriers and cruisers in the wake of the ...more
Decent treatment of the development of the USN from 1890-1990, focusing primarily on preparation for WWII and the USN-led victory in the Pacific (although there is also a good treatment of the Battle of the Atlantic). Closing chapters discuss the post-war evolution of the USN and how it adapted for Cold War service.
David Barnhill
Great book on strategic use of the US Navy over the past century, especially during WWII. A little biased towards the naval strategic perspective during the war but a great survey nonetheless.
A serious collection of essays that describe the why and how more than the what of history. A worthy read.
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