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Power at Sea, Volume 2: The Breaking Storm, 1919-1945 (Power at Sea #2)

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After 1921, the clouds of suspicion and resentment left by the Great War gradually obscured the strenuous efforts of negotiating statesmen and led to ever greater appetites for power at sea. By the midthirties, worried admiralties around the world were bracing themselves for a new and deadlier round of global violence. In this monumental study, Lisle A. Rose revisits the s ...more
Paperback, 536 pages
Published December 30th 2006 by University of Missouri (first published 2006)
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Jeff
Aug 03, 2007 rated it it was amazing
The second part of the Power at Sea trilogy, this book looks at the interwar period and World War Two. Its main focus is ont he rise of Japanese and American naval power, the decay of the British Navy as part of long-term trend of declining British naval power and, of course, the changes in strategy and operational concepts before and during World War Two.

While battles are presented in enough detail so the reader knows what is going on, this book, like the entire series, is focused more on aspec
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Nathan
Apr 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
Changes in Great Power naval technology, strategy and culture from the end of WWI to the end of WWII.

Rose is an old US Navy man who doesn't read non-English languages. These two points clearly direct his thought processes, his focus and his conclusions. And those conclusions are that the US Navy is, was amd always will be the best thing since sliced bread (a couple of admirals aside).

I'm not saying he is necessarily wrong, mind you, but he presents a shallow case that is not informed by the evi
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Lisle A. Rose grew up in Champaign, Illinois where his father was on the faculty of the University of Illinois. Rose enlisted in the U.S. Navy in July 1954 and served on three ships making cruises to the Far East, Latin America, and the polar regions. Aboard the icebreaker Staten Island he participated in Operation Deepfreeze II to Antarctica between November 1956 and April 1957. He was honorably ...more
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