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War at Sea: A Naval History of World War II

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2013

    If a person is looking for an overview of naval action of WWII t

    If a person is looking for an overview of naval action of WWII this is the book to read. It contains highlights and general strategy of the Atlantic and Pacific theaters, while the author deliberately avoids any detailed descriptions of the ground and air battles. It is well-written using fairly plain language that is well suited for those with a limited background in naval terminology.
    The author is American and this is quite evident by the strong biases contained in the book. For instance, there is no mention at all of the important Canadian contribution of over 400 operational vessels throughout the war, and few stories regarding the convoys or the Merchant Marine service. The American commanders are described in a manner that is without reproach, depriving the reader of a true sense of the challenges they faced.
    Overall I recommend this book for someone that wants an overview of the naval history in the Second World War and don’t mind reading it from a purely patriotic American perspective. For those looking for a more historically neutral perspective of the naval strategies and actions of the war there are better books available.

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  • Posted September 8, 2010

    Great Read and Re-Read

    If you ever wanted to learn more on the Naval History of WWII, this in the book to read. Covering the duration of the war from all sides and theaters of the conflict.
    I wish I was able to emphasize how much I love this book. The writing is superb in its ability to capture all of WWII 'War at Sea' in a smooth and readable fashion. Miller also adds numerous informational footnotes that bring the events more depth and realism. He is able to bring the six years of global naval conflict to life wihtout overloading the reader with stats and figures.
    I suppose the best plug I can give this book is that; I've read only a few dozen books in my life and I've read this one twice cover to cover, not to mention scanning a chapter over again from time to time.

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