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Storm & Conquest: The Battle for the Indian Ocean 1818-10
Tuesday, 19 February 2008 14:46

Author: Stephen Taylor
Publisher: Faber and Faber

From Baird Maritime:

Assembling an amazing cast of characters and ships, it is hard to believe that this is an accurate history and not a novel.

The author does a brilliant job of bringing history to life. He is helped by a world in turmoil at the time. His characters are a fascinating bunch of go-getters and dedicated professionals.

His world was at war with Britain and France fighting it out over half the globe in the dying days of the Napoleonic era. All served up to represent an historical novel although in reality told from the logbooks of the East Indiamen and the logbooks and dispatches of the Admiralty.

Compared with this true record of the Mauritius campaign even the best of historical novels are unexciting.

Ordering Information:

Faber and Faber
London, UK
Web: www.faberandfaber.com

Allen & Unwin
St Leonards, Australia
Web: www.allenandurwin.com


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Scorpion Down: Sunk by the Soviets, Buried by the Pentagon: The Untold Story of the USS Scorpion
Tuesday, 19 February 2008 14:46

Author: Ed Offley
Publisher: Basic Books

From Baird Maritime:

An intensively and very carefully researched history that destroys much of the very little remaining credibility of the Lyndon Johnson regime in the United States of the nineteen-sixties.

Johnson and his Cabinet colleagues successfully concealed many of their blunders in the management of the Vietnam War for some time afterwards. This book contributes considerably more evidence as to how appallingly badly America was managed at that time. Ironically there are a chilling number of parallels that can easily be seen in the current Bush regime.

The loss of the nuclear submarine USS ‘Scorpion’ and its 99 crewmen in mid-1968 was described officially as one of the great sea mysteries of its time. As the author reveals, its disappearance was not so much a mystery as a disgraceful cover-up of the kind the Pentagon and certain US administrations have been so good at achieving.

This brilliant book shows among other things that the overly hyped brand of democracy that the United States promotes sometimes fails dismally to practice what it preaches.

Ordering Information:

Basic Books
New York, USA
Web: www.perseusbookjs.com


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Rampant Raider: An A4 Skyhawk Pilot in Vietnam
Tuesday, 19 February 2008 14:46

Author: Stephen R. Gray
Publisher: Naval Institute Press

From Baird Maritime:

Flying from the aircraft carrier USS ‘Bon Homme Richard’ during the busiest air combat period of the Vietnam War, indeed, in American history, the author tells his story of a civilian turned naval fighter pilot.

Earning his wings in 1966, by 1969 he had flown 250 combat missions on two cruises to Vietnam. He was a key participant in the Rolling Thunder operations.

This is a record of his training and his first “cruise”. The triumphs, fear and frustrations (mainly with American politicians) of a naval aviator in wartime. The combat casualties and the accident casualties occurred in almost equal measure.

A very good personal history by a steadfast, careful and lucky warrior.

Ordering Information:

Naval Institute Press
Annapolis, USA
Web: www.usni.org


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Expertise. Service. Security: Associated Marine and the Role of Marine Insurance in Australia
Tuesday, 19 February 2008 14:46

Author: Michael Hill and Paul Howell
Publisher: Associated Marine Insurers

From Baird Maritime:

Published to mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of service of Associated Marine Insurers, the first and still only Australian marine insurer, this brief book makes an interesting and useful contribution to Australia’s maritime history.

Associated Marine has made a notable contribution to Australia’s balance of trade in invisibles. It has also contributed to maritime education and to changes in the taxation of insurance contracts.

A pioneering and high achieving company, its relatively short life has certainly been marked by some major changes to Australia’s maritime industry. It is an industry that has not generally been a generator of positive news in the company’s lifetime. Associated Marine’s experience has been a welcome and refreshing change from the gloom and doom prevalent in the industry

 


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Whales And Dolphins of the North American Pacific - Including Seals and Other Marine Mammals
Tuesday, 19 February 2008 14:46

Author: Graeme Cresswell, Dylan Walker & Todd Pusser
Publisher: Harbour Publishing

From Baird Maritime:

A well researched and carefully explained enthusiasts’ guide for watchers of the common north eastern Pacific species of whales, dolphins, seals and sea otters.

The photographs and paintings are first rate and the explanations simple and clear.

While focused on the North American west coast, many of the species described can be seen in many other parts of the world. It is a book, therefore, of universal appeal.

Ordering Information:

Harbour Publishing
Madeira Park, Canada
Web: www.harbourpublishing.com


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