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Manila and Santiago: The New Steel Navy in the Spanish-American War
by Jim Leeke
Manila & Santiago tells the history of the U.S. Navy s operations in the Spanish War of 1898. This was America s first two-ocean war, in which the decisive battles at Manila Bay and Santiago de Cuba were separated by two months and ten thousand miles. Our new steel navy came of age during this quick, modern little war. The battles were decided by colorful officers toda ...more
Hardcover, 190 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by US Naval Institute Press
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A superficial and not particularly thorough overview of the US Navy's campaigns in the Spanish-American War, concentrating on the battles of Manila and Santiago, both decisive American victories. In spite of the subtitle, Mr. Leeke does not go into any great depth about the US Navy at this time, except perhaps to explain the backgrounds of some of the more famous officers involved; very little space is given to Naval technology (undergoing a revolution in this era), manpower, command structure, ...more
A quick read describing the US Navy from the end of the Civil War to the turn of the century, focusing on the two major naval battles of the Spanish-American War. The book focuses more on the people and events than on the hardware, so if you're looking for technical specifications on the USS Brooklyn or the Cristobol Colon, you won't find them here. A worthwhile read on a unique and little-appreciated period of US naval history.
Nothing earth shattering on any level, but a decent narrative history of the two main naval campaigns of the war. If it spurs the reader to go deeper, than it has done its job. I wish Leeke had used some tighter editing, as he can't seem to make up his mind between "Havana" and "Habana," for example.