Naval Institute Historical Atlas of the U. S. Navy by Craig L. Symonds, William J. Clipson |, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Naval Institute Historical Atlas of the U. S. Navy

Naval Institute Historical Atlas of the U. S. Navy

by Craig L. Symonds, William J. Clipson
     
 
From the American Revolution to Desert Storm, this historical atlas charts the course of the U.S. Navy across its entire history. The large-format maps are presented in full color, with facing text that discusses the action depicted and its significance.

Overview

From the American Revolution to Desert Storm, this historical atlas charts the course of the U.S. Navy across its entire history. The large-format maps are presented in full color, with facing text that discusses the action depicted and its significance.

Editorial Reviews

Zom Zoms
Symonds, professor of history at the U.S. Naval Academy, and cartographer William Clipson have produced a most satisfying historical atlas. The work is divided into 10 sections, covering from the American Revolution to the Gulf War, which is included in the final section of the work, "The Pax Americana, 19801994." Good, brief coverage of important naval battles accounts for most of the discussion, but the author also suggests political concerns serving to impede or expedite development of the U.S. naval force from its beginnings in October 1775 A work about the navy published by the Naval Institute Press might suggest less than candid coverage. The author's discussions are made more interesting by his pointing out mistakes in judgment before, during, and after important naval engagements. He notes that the navy is often called upon to come to the aid of ground forces. However, the discussion of naval operations during the Civil War, World War II, and Desert Storm illustrates the importance of cooperative planning. Entries are based on sound scholarship, reflecting the author's disinterestedness, and he is able to make complex operations understandable and interesting to laypersons. Good examples of this are the discussions of submarines developed during the Cold War and the excellent naval history of the Vietnam War. Large-format maps are in full color, each facing a page of text. Major entries, such as "Midway," have two pages of text and two of maps. Maps illustrate movements of opposing forces, showing such details as placement and names of individual vessels. Symonds calls attention to illustrated details in the body of his text Presently, this is the only historical atlas of U.S. naval warfare. David Howarth's "Famous Sea Battles" (Little Brown, 1981) covers some of the more important U.S. engagements, but maps are not as helpful. The same can be said for Michael Sanderson's "Sea Battles: A Reference Guide" (Wesleyan Univ., 1975). Howarth and Sanderson attempt to cover world naval history and thus devote little space to the U.S. This new historical atlas has black-and-white photographs of ships, old and new, and old salts, military and civilian. The index is complete, and a well-constructed table of contents enables users to understand organization and to quickly locate needed entries. It is highly recommended for purchase by public, academic, and special military libraries.
Booknews
Symonds (history, U.S. Naval Institute) explains in his introduction that because this is a naval reference, charts not maps is correct; but the use of that term implies a precision that is not possible on maps of the scale necessary to make naval operations comprehensible at a glance, which is the goal of this volume. In ten chapters, U.S. Naval history is documented in text and maps, beginning with the American Revolution and continuing through the pax Americana, 1980-1994 (including Desert Storm). 9.25x12.5" Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781557507976
Publisher:
Naval Institute Press
Publication date:
04/15/1995
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
9.37(w) x 12.36(h) x 0.91(d)

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >