American naval actions of World War II comprise the most widespread, complex, and dramatic battles in the history of sea warfare. The fighting took place over vast distances in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, as well as in the constricted spaces of the Mediterranean and Solomon seas. Each of the major actions had an admiral, the commander in charge, who led the battle. In combat, the abilities and determination of these commanders at sea were put to the most severe test.
Americas Fighting Admirals describes the course of U.S. sea action in World War II. It examines the skills, strengths, weaknesses and personalities of the American admirals who fought the battles at sea. It examines the effect that stress, tension, and responsibility have on commanders making vital decisions in the red-hot crucible of battle. And it reveals the changing nature of the responsibilities of flag officers as the war progressed and became enormously complex.
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From Pearl Harbor to Tokyo Bay, the U.S. Navy’s World War II at sea contained many dramatic moments: tragedies such as the Battle of the Java Sea; arduous campaigns like the Battle for the North Atlantic where it looked as if Hitler’s wolfpacks would carry the day; the Battle of Savo Island, which was the first major naval engagement during the Battle of Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands campaign; the Battle for Leyte Gulf, which destroyed Japanese naval power and was the largest naval battle in history; and Midway, one of a handful of World War II naval triumphs that resound through history. In these battles and all other major U.S. naval actions an American admiral was in command. In America’s Fighting Admirals: Winning the War at Sea in World War II veteran Los Angeles Times war correspondent and Pulitzer Prize–winner William Tuohy examines the skills, strengths, weaknesses, and personalities of the these men who fought the battles at sea in the context of the naval combat that they commanded.
Acclaim for William Tuohy’s previous books:
The Bravest Man
The Story of Richard O’Kane & U.S. Submariners in the Pacific War
“For an American submarine crew in the Pacific in World War II, smoke on the horizon meant good hunting. And William Tuohy’s new book, The Bravest Man, means good reading. [It] brings a dramatic and refreshing perspective to the remarkable history of submarine warfare in the Pacific during World War II. . . . Tuohy’s captivating story highlights the sacrifices of the submariners and brings stark meaning to the dreaded words “overdue, presumed lost.”—Military Officer Magazine
Inside the World’s Hottest Trouble Spots with a Pulitzer Prize–winning War Correspondent
“The subtitle accurately summarizes the contents of this entertaining memoir. Tuohy relates various adventures and misadventures in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and elsewhere, poking fun at himself occasionally, profiling colorful colleagues, describing the methods he uses to get his stories. . . . Despite the abundance of incidents, what most readers will remember is the author’s “romantic attachment to journalism that, however misguided, I have never lost.”—Publishers Weekly
“Tuohy has covered some of the most important war zones of the last two decades for Newsweek and the Los Angeles Times: Vietnam, the Middle East, Cyprus, Northern Ireland, the Falklands. The stories he tells are inherently dramatic about being taken hostage in Jordan, arrested in Iran, etc. What he has to say about the stories or how he covered them adds little to that drama, though. He has a fine reporter’s eye for detail and the knack for keeping narrative moving.”—Library Journal
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AMERICA’S FIGHTING ADMIRALS
WINNING THE WAR AT SEA IN WORLD WAR II
American naval actions of World War II comprise the most widespread, complex, and dramatic battles in the history of sea warfare. The fighting took place over vast distances in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, as well as in the constricted spaces of the Mediterranean and Solomon seas. For each of these major actions and battles, the commander in charge was an admiral. The abilities and determination of these commanders at sea were severely tested. No one could predict in peacetime who would have that rare “Nelson touch,” who would prove successful in battle and who would not measure up in the red-hot crucible of combat. America’s Fighting Admirals: Winning the War at Sea in World War II describes the course of U.S. naval combat in World War II from the perspective of American admirals who fought the battles at sea. World War II navy veteran and Pulitzer Prize–winning Los Angeles Times war correspondent William Tuohy examines the effect that stress, tension, and responsibility have on commanders making vital decisions in the heat of the moment.
· Shows how American admiralship evolved during the war
· Covers all campaigns and significant American naval actions during World War II
· Features both well-known flag officers like “Bull” Halsey as well as lesser-known but significant figures such as “Slew” S. McCain, grandfather of U.S. Senator John McCain, who commanded the final carrier-launched air strikes against Japan
William Tuohy served with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific in 1945–46. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1968 for his Vietnam War reporting in the Los Angeles Times. As a journalist, he covered the conflicts in the Middle East, Central America, Northern Ireland, and the Gulf, as well as covering the fall of Saigon in 1975 and the Berlin Wall in 1989. He is the author of Dangerous Company: Inside the World’s Hottest Trouble Spots with a Pulitzer Prize–winning War Correspondent and The Bravest Man: Richard O'Kane and the Amazing Submarine Adventures of the USS Tang. He lives in Los Angeles.
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Description du livre Zenith Press, 2007. Hardcover. État : New. Never used!. N° de réf. du libraire P110760329850
Description du livre Zenith Press, 2007. Hardcover. État : New. N° de réf. du libraire DADAX0760329850