The Two-Ocean War: A Short History of the United States Navy in the Second World War

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Admiral Samuel Eliot Morison's The Two-Ocean War is a classic work, a grand and wholly engaging distillation of Morison's definitive fifteen-volume history of U.S. naval operations in World War II. Morison was a distinguished historian, a former Trumbull Professor of American History at Harvard University. But he also wrote as a participant in many of the events described in this volume: he served on eleven different ships during the war, emerging as a captain with seven battle stars on his service ribbons, ...
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Overview

Admiral Samuel Eliot Morison's The Two-Ocean War is a classic work, a grand and wholly engaging distillation of Morison's definitive fifteen-volume history of U.S. naval operations in World War II. Morison was a distinguished historian, a former Trumbull Professor of American History at Harvard University. But he also wrote as a participant in many of the events described in this volume: he served on eleven different ships during the war, emerging as a captain with seven battle stars on his service ribbons, having gone to sea specifically to be able to write in contact with the events covered.

Fully illustrated with 35 photographs and 54 charts and maps of key engagements, this is a blazing record of the action from Pearl Harbor to the long war of attrition between submarines and convoys in the Atlantic, through Midway and Guadalcanal, to the invasion of continental Europe, to Okinawa, Leyte, and the final grudging surrender of the Japanese. Morison's narrative is rich enough to reveal all levels of each wartime encounter, dramatizing the strategic arguments that went on between Churchill and King, between MacArthur and Nimitz, as well as highlighting the glory of individual feats of arms. The Two-Ocean War is a truly outstanding contribution to military history.

Morison's concise history of U.S. naval operations in World war II is an outstanding contribution to military history. The author served on eleven different ships during the war, emerging as a captain with seven battle stars on his service ribbons. Illustrated with photos, maps and charts.

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**** A paper edition of Morison's rewrite not a condensation of his classic 15-volume History of the United States operations in World War II cited in BCL3. The cloth edition was published in 1963. A fine scholar, Morison possesses a good deal of poet: of the glorious 4th of June, 1942 at the Battle of Midway he writes that the carrier Kaga "sank hissing into a 2600-fathom deep". A great history elegantly written. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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The blazing record of American naval military action during World War II, this book is filled with the gripping accounts of convoy crossings, surprise attacks, and submarine warfare. Fully illustrated with 35 black-and-white photographs and 54 charts and maps of key engagements, from Pearl Harbor to the long war of attrition between submarines and convoys in the Atlantic, through Midway and Guadalcanal, to the invasion of continental Europe, to Okinawa, Leyte, and the final surrender of the Japanese. Dramatizes the strategic arguments that went on between Churchill and King, between MacArthur and Nimitz, as well as highlighting the glory of individual feats of arms. An outstanding contribution to military history. "Morison's work is great, and this summation is a delight." -- The New Yorker.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780737247510
  • Publication date: 11/7/1989
  • Pages: 611

Meet the Author


Rear Adm. Samuel Eliot Morison wrote many popular and award-winning books on maritime history. He was the recipient of two Pulitzer Prizes, two Bancroft Prizes, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
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