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U-Boot Crews: The Day-to-Day Life Aboard Hitler’s Submarines
Tuesday, 19 February 2008 14:46

Author: Jean Delize
Publisher: Histoire & Collections

From Baird Maritime:

A concise, well-illustrated and comprehensive record of life aboard the German U-Boats of World War II.

Life for U-Boat crews was generally nasty, brutish and short. More than three quarters of them, failed to survive the war. It was, nevertheless, a glamorous service that continued to attract volunteers throughout the war.

This book covers almost every imaginable aspect of life aboard the U-Boats, even down to the engineering and operation of the notorious head.

Very well presented.

Ordering Information:

Histoire & Collections
Paris, France
Web: www.histoireetcollections.fr

Capricorn Link
Windsor, Australia
Web: www.capricornlink.com.au


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The Lost Coast: Salmon, Memory and the Death of Wild Culture
Tuesday, 19 February 2008 14:46

Author: Tim Bowling
Publisher: Nightwood Editions

From Baird Maritime:

Tim Bowling is a noted Canadian novelist and poet. In this book, however, he writes factually, if despairingly, of his home town a coastal fishing village, and the changes wrought to it in the name of “progress”.

The son of a gill netter, Bowling laments the loss of a wonderful way of life. His beautifully written lament could be applied equally appropriately to old fishing, farming, timber or mining towns throughout the western “developed” world.

The tragedy he describes need not have happened in the case of fishing towns. Their elimination has been justified by a mad, false, destructive idealogy that we are all now coming to regret.

If you live in a developed first world fishing town and the malevolent bureaucrats and scientists haven’t got you yet, you must read this book. You are doomed to experience something similar.

Ordering Information:

Nightwood Editions, Gibsons, Canada
Available from Harbour Publishing
Madeira Park, Canada
Web: www.harbourpublishing.com


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Submarine: An Anthology of First-Hand Accounts of the War Under the Sea, 1939-1945
Tuesday, 19 February 2008 14:46

Edited By Jean Hood
Publisher: Conway Maritime

From Baird Maritime:

For those who are fascinated by submarines this is a “must have” book. It comprises an amazing collection of vignettes describing submarine activity involving most of the main participating navies in World War II.

Brilliantly selected by the editor, this collection of reports, letters, articles and book excerpts really capture the flavour of old time submarining.

Almost impossible to put down.

Ordering Information:

Conway Maritime
London, UK
Web: www.conwaymaritime.com

Capricorn Link
Windsor, Australia
Web: www.capricornlink.com.au


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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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