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The Naval Institute Historical Atlas of the U.S. Navy

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From the Battle of Flamborough Head during the American Revolution to the naval air wars over Vietnam and Kuwait, this historical atlas charts the course of the U.S. Navy across its entire history. Laid out here are the frigate duels of the War of 1812, the confrontation of ironclads during the Civil War, the World War II carrier battles in the Pacific, and the amphibious landings in Korea. Depicted also are campaigns, operations, and interwar interventions--like the cruise of the Susquehanna, Perry's mission to...
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From the Battle of Flamborough Head during the American Revolution to the naval air wars over Vietnam and Kuwait, this historical atlas charts the course of the U.S. Navy across its entire history. Laid out here are the frigate duels of the War of 1812, the confrontation of ironclads during the Civil War, the World War II carrier battles in the Pacific, and the amphibious landings in Korea. Depicted also are campaigns, operations, and interwar interventions--like the cruise of the Susquehanna, Perry's mission to Japan, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and Desert Storm--all helping to make this cartographic portrait of U.S. naval actions understandable at a glance. The maps in this large-format, high quality book are presented in full color and show the deployment of ships, their tracks, and even some shore activity. Each map has facing text that describes the action and its political, economic, and strategic significance. The atlas is organized chronologically into ten eras with each section preceded by a thoughtful essay about that historical period and accompanied by relevant illustrations of ships, battles, and portraits of significant individuals. Winner of the 1996 John Lyman Book Award, this handy and attractive reference will be treasured by everyone who enjoys reading American maritime history. Students, scholars, and old salts alike will appreciate the bird's eye view of how the Navy's fortunes have changed over the years, successfully guarding the nation and securing its interests.
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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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557509840
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press
  • Publication date: 1/15/2013
  • Pages: 1101
  • Product dimensions: 9.22 (w) x 11.80 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author


Craig L. Symonds has taught naval history at the U.S. Naval Academy since 1976. He is also the author of Confederate Admiral: The Life and Wars of Franklin.

William J. Clipson, former head of graphic arts at the U.S. Naval Academy, has illustrated hundreds of books.

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