Six Frigates The Epic History of the Founding of the U S Navy

Six Frigates  The Epic History of the Founding of the U S  Navy
Author: Ian W. Toll
Pages: 592
ISBN: 9780393330328
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Release: 2008-03-17
Editor: W. W. Norton & Company
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Describes the origins and early history of the American Navy, discussing the debates by the founding fathers over the need for a permanent military, the decision to construct six heavy frigates, the campaign against Tripoli, and the war of 1812, including the confrontation between the USS Constitution and HMS Guerriere that raised the U.S. to a global power. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.

Six Frigates

Six Frigates
Author: Ian W. Toll
Pages: 560
ISBN: 0141014563
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Release: 2007-09
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

With the flash and thunder of eighteen pounders firing repeatedly, the Royal Navy came to rule the waves in the opening years of the nineteenth century. Yet just as Britain left its European neighbours too frightened to leave their shores, across the Atlantic a fledgling naval force was putting to sea. Ian Toll recounts how the nascent United States came to challenge British supremacy in the short-lived but often vicious war of 181215. Though they were inexperienced, outnumbered and outgunned, just six American frigates took on the might of His Majestyrs"s navy and Toll brilliantly describes, in hair-raising detail, some of the most thrilling actions ever fought.

Give Me a Fast Ship

Give Me a Fast Ship
Author: Tim McGrath
Pages: 560
ISBN: 9781101591574
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Release: 2014-07-01
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

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WINNER OF THE SAMUEL ELIOT MORISON AWARD FOR NAVAL LITERATURE “A meticulous, adrenaline-filled account of the earliest days of the Continental Navy.”—New York Times Bestselling Author Laurence Bergreen America in 1775 was on the verge of revolution—or, more likely, disastrous defeat. After the bloodshed at Lexington and Concord, England’s King George sent hundreds of ships westward to bottle up American harbors and prey on American shipping. Colonists had no force to defend their coastline and waterways until John Adams of Massachusetts proposed a bold solution: The Continental Congress should raise a navy. The idea was mad. The Royal Navy was the mightiest floating arsenal in history, with a seemingly endless supply of vessels. More than a hundred of these were massive “ships of the line,” bristling with up to a hundred high-powered cannon that could level a city. The British were confident that His Majesty’s warships would quickly bring the rebellious colonials to their knees. They were wrong. Beginning with five converted merchantmen, America’s sailors became formidable warriors, matching their wits, skills, and courage against the best of the British fleet. Victories off American shores gave the patriots hope—victories led by captains such as John Barry, the fiery Irish-born giant; fearless Nicholas Biddle, who stared down an armed mutineer; and James Nicholson, the underachiever who finally redeemed himself with an inspiring display of coolness and bravery. Meanwhile, along the British coastline, daring raids by handsome, cocksure John Paul Jones and the “Dunkirk Pirate,” Gustavus Conyngham—who was captured and sentenced to hang but tunneled under his cell and escaped to fight again—sent fear throughout England. The adventures of these men and others on both sides of the struggle rival anything from Horatio Hornblower or Lucky Jack Aubrey. In the end, these rebel sailors, from the quarterdeck to the forecastle, contributed greatly to American independence. Meticulously researched and masterfully told, Give Me a Fast Ship is a rousing, epic tale of war on the high seas—and the definitive history of the American Navy during the Revolutionary War.

Pacific Crucible War at Sea in the Pacific 1941 1942 Vol 1

Pacific Crucible  War at Sea in the Pacific  1941 1942  Vol  1
Author: Ian W. Toll
Pages: 656
ISBN: 9780393083170
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Release: 2011-11-14
Editor: W. W. Norton & Company
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Winner of the Northern California Book Award for Nonfiction "Both a serious work of history…and a marvelously readable dramatic narrative." —San Francisco Chronicle On the first Sunday in December 1941, an armada of Japanese warplanes appeared suddenly over Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and devastated the U.S. Pacific Fleet. Six months later, in a sea fight north of the tiny atoll of Midway, four Japanese aircraft carriers were sent into the abyss, a blow that destroyed the offensive power of their fleet. Pacific Crucible—through a dramatic narrative relying predominantly on primary sources and eyewitness accounts of heroism and sacrifice from both navies—tells the epic tale of these first searing months of the Pacific war, when the U.S. Navy shook off the worst defeat in American military history to seize the strategic initiative.

Oliver Hazard Perry

Oliver Hazard Perry
Author: David Skaggs
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9781612514390
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Release: 2013-07-31
Editor: Naval Institute Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Hailed for his decisive victory over a Royal Navy squadron on Lake Erie in September 1813 and best known for his after-action report proclamation We have met the enemy and they are ours, Oliver Hazard Perry was one the early U.S. Navy s most famous heroes. In this modern, scholarly reassessment of the man and his career, Professor David Skaggs emphasizes Perry s place in naval history as an embodiment of the code of honor, an exemplar of combat courage, and a symbol of patriotism to his fellow officers and the American public. It is the first biography of Perry to be published in more than a quarter of a century and the first to offer an even-handed analysis of his career. After completing a thorough examination of primary sources, Skaggs traces Perry s development from a midshipman to commodore where he personified the best in seamanship, calmness in times of stress, and diplomatic skills. But this work is not a hagiographic treatment, for it offers a candid analysis of Perry s character flaws, particularly his short temper and his sometimes ineffective command and control procedures during the battle of Lake Erie. Skaggs also explains how Perry s short but dramatic naval career epitomized the emerging naval professionalism of the young republic, and he demonstrates how the Hero of Lake Erie fits into the most recent scholarship concerning the role of post-revolutionary generation in the development of American national identity. Finally, Skaggs explores in greater detail than anyone before the controversy over the conduct of his Lake Erie second, Jesse Duncan Elliott, that raged on for over a quarter century after Perry's death in 1819.

American Heavy Frigates 1794 1826

American Heavy Frigates 1794   1826
Author: Mark Lardas
Pages: 48
ISBN: 9781782005223
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Release: 2012-10-20
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

By 1805 the 44-gun frigate was probably viewed as a failed experiment whilst the 38-gun frigate was viewed as the vessel of the future. Ten years later every navy was building 44-gun frigates and today it is viewed as the symbol of the Napoleonic-era cruiser. This remarkable transformation resulted from the performance of three ships – the Constitution, United States, and President – 44-gun frigates built for the United States Navy between 1794 and 1799. Their victories in the naval War of 1812, as well as their performance against the Barbary Pirates, caught the imagination of the world – and spurred all navies into re-examining the class.

American Light and Medium Frigates 1794 1836

American Light and Medium Frigates 1794   1836
Author: Mark Lardas
Pages: 48
ISBN: 1846032660
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Release: 2008-08-19
Editor: Osprey Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The "Original Six" frigates were commissioned by the new-born US Navy at a staggering cost of $688,888.82. Designed to be light and fast, these warships enabled America to project its power across the globe. Among the ships Mark Lardas examines is USS Constellation: the first ship to be commissioned by the United States Navy, and also the first ship to engage and capture an enemy vessel, the French L'Insurgente - this engagement is vividly portrayed in original color artwork. The fascinating history of the USS Chesapeake is also brought to life through the dramatic account one of the bloodiest duels in the age of fighting sail as the Chesapeake meets the British frigate Shannon and is overwhelmed, the dying cry of the captain, "Don't give up the ship!" inspired the US Navy thereafter. Alongside stirring accounts of engagements during the Barbary Wars and the Quasi-War, the author explores the design and development of these frigates, explaining the shortcomings that led to their replacement by larger, heavier 44-gun models by 1800. Contemporary illustrations of US frigates and their British and French rivals help to place these ships in the context of European ship design, clearly showing the escalation of the naval 'arms race' during the seventeenth century. American Light and Medium Frigates is an ideal resource for any naval enthusiast wanting to learn more about the ships that witnessed the rise of the US Navy and Marines.

Ships of Oak Guns of Iron

Ships of Oak  Guns of Iron
Author: Ronald Utt
Pages: 528
ISBN: 9781621570080
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Release: 2012-12-03
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The War of 1812 is typically noted for a handful of events: the burning of the White House, the rise of the Star Spangled Banner, and the battle of New Orleans. But in fact the greatest consequence of that distant conflict was the birth of the U.S. Navy. During the War of 1812, America’s tiny fleet took on the mightiest naval power on earth, besting the British in a string of victories that stunned both nations. In his new book, Ships of Oak and Guns of Iron: The War of 1812 and the Birth of the American Navy, author Dr. Ronald Utt not only sheds new light on the naval battles of the War of 1812 and how they gave birth to our nation’s great navy, but tells the story of the War of 1812 through the portraits of famous American war heroes. From the cunning Stephen Decatur to the fierce David Porter, Ships of Oak and Guns of Iron relates how thousands of American men and boys gave better than they got against the British Navy. The great age of fighting sail is as rich in heroic drama as any epoch. Dr. Utt’s Ships of Oak and Guns of Iron retrieves the American chapter of that epoch from unjustified obscurity, and offers readers an intriguing chronicle of the War of 1812 as well as a unique perspective on the birth of the U.S. Navy.

Old Ironsides

Old Ironsides
Author: David Fitz-Enz
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9781589794283
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Release: 2009-01-15
Editor: Taylor Trade Publications
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This is the story of the oldest warship afloat in the world, the venerable frigate USS Constitution, the cornerstone of the nascent American navy created by act of Congress in 1794. Colonel David Fitz-Enz re-creates the world of sail, when seven knots an hour was considered blinding speed for a warship. In Old Ironsides, Fitz-Enz tells the story of the ship, from its construction to the ongoing restoration efforts that keep it active today.

The Conquering Tide

The Conquering Tide
Author: Ian W. Toll
Pages: 672
ISBN: 0393080641
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Release: 2015-09-21
Editor: W. W. Norton
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The devastation of Pearl Harbor and the American victory at Midway were prelude to a greater challenge: rolling back the vast Japanese Pacific empire, island by island.

Constitution

Constitution
Author: United States
Pages: 58
ISBN: PRNC:32101050870540
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Release: 1893
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

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The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors

The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors
Author: James D. Hornfischer
Pages: 512
ISBN: 9780307487308
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Release: 2008-11-12
Editor: Bantam
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

“This will be a fight against overwhelming odds from which survival cannot be expected. We will do what damage we can.” With these words, Lieutenant Commander Robert W. Copeland addressed the crew of the destroyer escort USS Samuel B. Roberts on the morning of October 25, 1944, off the Philippine Island of Samar. On the horizon loomed the mightiest ships of the Japanese navy, a massive fleet that represented the last hope of a staggering empire. All that stood between it and Douglas MacArthur’ s vulnerable invasion force were the Roberts and the other small ships of a tiny American flotilla poised to charge into history. In the tradition of the #1 New York Times bestseller Flags of Our Fathers, James D. Hornfischer paints an unprecedented portrait of the Battle of Samar, a naval engagement unlike any other in U.S. history—and captures with unforgettable intensity the men, the strategies, and the sacrifices that turned certain defeat into a legendary victory. BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from James D. Hornfischer's Neptune's Inferno. Praise for The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors “One of the finest WWII naval action narratives in recent years, this book follows in the footsteps of Flags of Our Fathers. . . . Exalting American sailors and pilots as they richly deserve. . . . Reads like a very good action novel.”—Publishers Weekly “Reads as fresh as tomorrow's headlines. . . . Hornfischer's captivating narrative uses previously classified documents to reconstruct the epic battle and eyewitness accounts to bring the officers and sailors to life.”—Texas Monthly “Hornfischer is a powerful stylist whose explanations are clear as well as memorable. . . . A dire survival-at-sea saga.”—Denver Post “In The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors, James Hornfischer drops you right into the middle of this raging battle, with 5-inch guns blazing, torpedoes detonating and Navy fliers dive-bombing. . . . The overall story of the battle is one of American guts, glory and heroic sacrifice.”—Omaha World Herald

Twilight of the Gods

Twilight of the Gods
Author: Ian W. Toll
Pages: 944
ISBN: 0393868303
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Release: 2021-07-06
Editor: Pacific War Trilogy
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

New York Times Bestseller The final volume of the magisterial Pacific War Trilogy from acclaimed historian Ian W. Toll, "one of the great storytellers of War" (Evan Thomas).

You re Nose Is in My Crotch and Other Things You Shouldn t Know about Six Frigates

You re Nose Is in My Crotch  and Other Things You Shouldn t Know about Six Frigates
Author: Owen Rimming
Pages: 44
ISBN: 5458806549
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Release: 2013-03
Editor: Lennex
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In this book, we have hand-picked the most sophisticated, unanticipated, absorbing (if not at times crackpot!), original and musing book reviews of "Six Frigates: The Epic History of the Founding of the U.S. Navy." Don't say we didn't warn you: these reviews are known to shock with their unconventionality or intimacy. Some may be startled by their biting sincerity; others may be spellbound by their unbridled flights of fantasy. Don't buy this book if: 1. You don't have nerves of steel. 2. You expect to get pregnant in the next five minutes. 3. You've heard it all.

American Light and Medium Frigates 1794 1836

American Light and Medium Frigates 1794   1836
Author: Mark Lardas
Pages: 48
ISBN: 9781780963464
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Release: 2012-01-20
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The 'Original Six' frigates were commissioned by the new-born US Navy at a staggering cost of nearly $700,000. Designed to be light and fast, these warships enabled America to project its power across the globe. Among the ships Mark Lardas examines is USS Constellation: the first ship to be commissioned by the United States Navy. Alongside stirring accounts of engagements during the Barbary Wars, the author explores the design and development of these frigates, explaining the shortcomings that led to their replacement by larger, heavier 44-gun models by 1800. Packed with contemporary illustrations of US frigates and their British and French rivals, this book follows the escalation of the naval 'arms race' during the 18th century.

The Naval History of the United States

The Naval History of the United States
Author: Willis John Abbot
Pages: 329
ISBN: MINN:319510021058760
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Release: 1898
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

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Edward Preble

Edward Preble
Author: Christopher McKee
Pages: 432
ISBN: 9781612513669
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Release: 2014-03-15
Editor: Naval Institute Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Originally published in 1972, Christopher McKee's biography of Edward Preble remains the most authoritative source on this influential early shaper of the U.S. naval tradition. McKee (Grinnell College) documents Preble's rise from obscurity to become Thomas Jefferson's chief administrator, his relationship with Jefferson and the president' policies and strategies during the war, and also the Tripolitan activities and attitudes which confronted Preble as he sought to bring the war to an end. This Classic of Naval Literature work includes illustrations and a new introduction by the author.

The Congressional Globe

The Congressional Globe
Author: United States. Congress
Pages: 329
ISBN: UCR:31210025353606
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Release: 1841
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

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Frigates of the Napoleonic Wars

Frigates of the Napoleonic Wars
Author: Robert Gardiner
Pages: 208
ISBN: 1861762925
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Release: 2006
Editor: Bloomsbury Academic
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This illustrated text details the development of the frigate from 1793 to 1815, the time of the Napoleonic wars. The work will be of interest to historians, modellers and enthusiasts, as well as those who enjoy naval history.

A Most Fortunate Ship

A Most Fortunate Ship
Author: Tyrone G. Martin
Pages: 421
ISBN: 1591145139
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Release: 2003
Editor: Naval Inst Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The story of America's oldest commissioned ship, the frigate, the U.S.S. Constitution, known as "Old Ironsides," is retold from its maiden voyage in 1798 to its prominent activities in the U.S. bicentennial celebration to the ship's own 1997 bicentennial, discussing the ship's construction, its restoration, its military service, and more. Reprint.