Decision at Sea: Five Naval Battles that Shaped American History

Decision at Sea: Five Naval Battles that Shaped American History

Craig L. Symonds

From thunderous broadsides traded among wood crusing ships on Lake Erie, to the service battles of worldwide conflict II, to the devastating high-tech motion within the Persian Gulf, here's a gripping heritage of 5 key battles that outlined the evolution of naval warfare--and the process the yank state.

Acclaimed army historian Craig Symonds deals spellbinding narratives of an important engagements, displaying how each one conflict unearths the transformation of know-how and weaponry from one struggle to the following; how those in flip reworked naval wrestle; and the way each one occasion marked a milestone in American background.

- Oliver possibility Perry's heroic victory at Lake Erie, one of many final nice battles of the Age of Sail, which secured the Northwestern frontier for the United States

- The brutal Civil battle duel among the ironclads Monitor and Virginia, which sounded the loss of life knell for wooden-hulled warships and doomed the Confederacy's desire of besting the Union navy

- Commodore Dewey's wonderful triumph at Manila Bay in 1898, the place the U.S. displayed its "new army" of steel-hulled ships firing explosive shells and wrested an empire from a fading eu strength

- The hairsbreadth American victory at halfway, the place plane providers introduced planes opposed to enemies 2 hundred miles away--and the place the tide of global conflict II became within the house of some livid minutes

- Operation Praying Mantis within the Persian Gulf, the place desktops, ship-fired missiles, and "smart bombs" not just replaced the character of war at sea, but in addition marked a brand new period, and a brand new accountability, for the United States.

Symonds documents those encounters intimately so brilliant that readers can pay attention the wind within the rigging and believe the pounding of the weapons. but he locations each conflict in a large viewpoint, revealing their importance to America's improvement because it grew from a brand new Republic at the fringe of a threatening frontier to a world superpower.

Decision at Sea is a robust and illuminating examine pivotal moments within the historical past of the military and of the U.S.. it's also a compelling learn of the unchanging calls for of management at sea, the place commanders needs to make speedy judgements within the warmth of conflict with lives--and the destiny of nations--hanging within the balance.

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