How to Lose a War at Sea: Foolish Plans and Great Naval Blunders

How to Lose a War at Sea: Foolish Plans and Great Naval Blunders

by Bill Fawcett


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ISBN-13: 9780062069092
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/24/2013
Series: How to Lose Series
Edition description: Original
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 1,268,113
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Bill Fawcett is the author and editor of more than a dozen books, including You Did What?, It Seemed Like a Good Idea . . . , How to Lose a Battle, and You Said What? He lives in Illinois.

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How to Lose a War at Sea: Foolish Plans and Great Naval Blunders 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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How to Lose a War at Sea: Fool­ish Plans and Great Naval Blun­ders edited by Bill Faw­cett is a col­lec­tion of non-fiction essays. Mr. Faw­cett wrote and edited many books includ­ing sev­eral of this genre. This book is a fas­ci­nat­ing col­lec­tion of more than 30 short essays about naval war­fare and oceanic dis­as­ters. The book spans decades, there are essays rang­ing from the days of the Span­ish armada to naval blun­ders from the 1960s. The essays, some­times sad, some­times funny but often ironic detail some of the worst gaffes, mis­takes and errors to hap­pen to the navies. These sto­ries tell of ego­ma­ni­acs whose egos didn’t match real­ity, mis­cal­cu­la­tions, the effects of espi­onage and the impor­tance of plan­ning. I espe­cially liked the essays about the out­landish plans which one could imme­di­ately tell they wouldn’t work, yet they some­how got a stamp of approval. I found this book to be enter­tain­ing; I’m always amazed by bad mil­i­tary ideas (or ones which are just plain stu­pid) and how they changed his­tory. The book is not, and is not meant to be, an encom­pass­ing his­tory of these events (for those pick up a book like The Hunt for Hitler's War­ship by Patrick Bishop) but it does give one a glimpse into inter­est­ing actswhich, if you choose, you can learn more about. The book is an excel­lent choice for those inter­ested in his­tory, naval his­tory or even if you are sim­ply read­ing books in the off chance that Alex Tre­bek might call you out of the blue to be on Jeopardy.