To Shining Sea: A History of the United States Navy, 1775-1998

Stephen Howarth, Author, Robert D. Loomis, Editor Random House (NY) $25 (620p) ISBN 978-0-394-57662-6
By the British author of The Fighting Ships of the Rising Sun , this history covers the military, political and technological evolution of the U.S. Navy from the days of sail to the nuclear era. Howarth's focus is broad, encompassing the relationship between the Navy and the society it has served for more than two centuries. This is an admiring, panoramic view of a great institution that is ``still learning new methods of combat, still fighting for funds, still defending the national interest abroad, still trying to keep its secrets secret.'' Citing decisive battles and formidable personalities, Howarth demonstrates that the principles on which the Navy operates have remained the same since 1775; ``only the scale has grown.'' His warm, lively style renders an entertaining, informative history. Illustrations. BOMC alternate; History Book Club selection. (May)
Reviewed on: 04/01/1991
Release date: 04/01/1991
Genre: Nonfiction
Paperback - 672 pages - 978-0-8061-3026-2
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