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  • Gallant Ladyby Ken Henry; Don Keith

    Tom Doherty Associates 2006; US$ 8.99

    She looked like just about like the other diesel powered, Balao-class submarines crafted in the '40s. But there the similarity ends. Because the Archerfish--named for a fish that kills its victims with a lethal blast of water from below--won a unique, heroic place in military history and the memories of her crew members. Here is her story: from... more...

  • Nelson's Officers and Midshipmenby Gregory Fremont-Barnes; Steve Noon

    Osprey Publishing 2013; US$ 14.95

    Immortalized in literature through such characters as C. S. Forester's 'Horatio Hornblower' and Patrick O'Brian's 'Jack Aubrey', the officers and midshipmen of the Royal Navy during the Revolutionary (1792-1802) and Napoleonic Wars (1799-1815) ran the ships that defended Great Britain against the threat of French invasion. This period saw the Royal... more...

  • Last of the Puffermenby Keith McGinn

    Neil Wilson Publishing 2011; US$ 14.57

    For any fan of the exploits of Para Handy and the motley crew of the Vital Spark, this memoir is not to be missed. Keith McGinn's capers on the puffers off Scotland's West Coast are funnier than Neil Munro's tales at times, but they are also sadder too. The thing is, all of these stories are true. McGinn worked on those puffers, man and boy, for nearly... more...

  • The Pirate Warsby Peter Earle

    St. Martin's Press 2013; US$ 19.99

    Investigating the fascination pirates hold over the popular imagination, Peter Earle takes the fable of ocean-going Robin Hoods sailing under the "banner of King Death" and contrasts it with the murderous reality of robbery, torture and death and the freedom of a short, violent life on the high seas. The book charts 250 years of piracy, from Cornwall... more...

  • Secret Fleetsby Lynne Cairns

    Western Australian Museum 2013; US$ 12.95

    Contrary to what many Australians believe, during 1942 Japanese submarines were active in Australian waters and Japanese spy planes made surveillance flights over our major cities. With enemy submarines patrolling off the Western Australian coast, Fremantle became an important international submarine base, the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. During... more...

  • An American Adventureby William Lloyd Stearman

    Naval Institute Press 2013; US$ 37.95

    A memoir of extraordinary scope, William Lloyd Stearman's reminiscences will attract those interested in early aviation, World War II in the Pacific, life as a diplomat behind the Iron Curtain, the Vietnam War, and the ins and outs of national security decision making in the White House. Stearman begins with a description of his childhood as the son... more...

  • Down to the Seaby Bruce Henderson

    HarperCollins 2009; Not Available

    This epic story opens at the hour the Greatest Generation went to war on December 7, 1941, and follows four U.S. Navy ships and their crews in the Pacific until their day of reckoning three years later with a far different enemy: a deadly typhoon. In December 1944, while supporting General MacArthur's invasion of the Philippines, Admiral William "Bull"... more...

  • How to Lose a Warby Bill Fawcett

    HarperCollins 2009; Not Available

    From the Crusades to the modern age of chemical warfare and smart bombs, history is littered with truly disastrous military campaigns. How to Lose a War chronicles some of the most remarkable strategic catastrophes and doomed military adventures of overreaching invaders and clueless defenders?whether the failure was a result of poor planning, miscalculations,... more...

  • Russian Battleship vs Japanese Battleshipby Robert Forczyk; Howard Gerrard; Ian Palmer

    Osprey Publishing 2013; US$ 15.95

    The first major clash between a European and Asian state in the modern era signalled the beginning of Japan's rise as a major power on the world stage. What began as differing expansionist interests in Manchuria and Korea developed into a full-blown war in 1904, with an unexpected outcome. Watched by the rest of the world's superpowers, this incredibly... more...

  • A Tale of Two Subsby Jonathan J. McCullough

    Grand Central Publishing 2008; Not Available

    On November 19, 1943, the submarine USS Sculpin , under attack by the Japanese, slid below the waves for the last time in what would become one of the most remarkable stories in U.S. Naval history. Not only did several crewmembers survive the sinking - an extremely rare event in World War II submarine warfare - but several were aboard a Japanese aircraft... more...