This People’s Navy: The Making of American Sea Power by Kenneth J. Hagan lands on the |> SALE <| shelves in my shop.
The Free Press, 1991, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs;
From the cover: For more than two centuries, the United States Navy has played an integral role not only in the military defence of the nations freedom, but in diplomatic, commercial, and scientific affairs as well. In this wide-ranging history of the navy the first authoritative account of the service published since World War II Annapolis professor Kenneth Hagan presents the whole sweep of the American naval experience from its origins in the wooden Continental Navy to contemporary projections for the services high-tech mission in the twenty-first century.
Drawing on a vast store of original sources, including memoirs, congressional testimony, and government documents, Hagan analyzes how the American navy has evolved in peace and war and what considerations military, economic, and political have shaped its development. He shows how naval strategists, from the very start, have split over whether to adopt a continental navy modelled on the fleets of European powers and geared to commerce raiding, or an “insular navy” for full-scale fleet engagements modelled on that of Great Britain.
Countering Alfred Thayer Mahans advocacy of a predominantly large warship navy, Hagan demonstrates the limited use in wartime of big gun ships. He shows this to have been the case in the Battle of the Atlantic against German U-boats, as well as in the Vietnam conflict in the interdiction of enemy troop movement and shipping. Bringing us to the brink of the twenty-first century, he makes clear that these two strategic traditions afford distinctly divergent futures for Americas navy in a transformed world order.
Setting down the story of a great military and social institution, the United States Navy, Hagan never loses sight of the men who shaped naval policy or those who have carried it out through a distinguished and incomparable two-hundred-year history. This Peoples Navy is a long overdue account of the making and triumph of American sea power.
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine.
[XIII] 434 pages. Index. Bibliography. 9½” x 6¼”.
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