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Sharks Of The Pacific Northwest: Including Oregon, Washington, British Columbia to Alaska
Tuesday, 19 February 2008 14:46

Author: Alessandro Dmaddalena, Antonella Preti & Tarik Polansky
Publisher: Harbour Publishing

From Baird Maritime:

The always prolific and classy marine publisher, Harbour Publishing of Vancouver is responsible for this brief but high quality handbook describing all the major shark species of the region.

Many people do not normally associate sharks with the cold waters which are the norm in the Pacific Northwest. As the authors very clearly show, this is a dangerously false assumption.

While numerous harmless species of sharks inhabit the area, there are plenty such as great whites, salmon sharks, makos and others that can be dangerous.

This brilliantly illustrated book briefly describes all of them.

Ordering Information:

Harbour Publishing
Madeira Park, Canada

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The War Managers: Thirtieth Anniversary Edition
Wednesday, 30 January 2008 15:56

Author: Douglas Kinnard
Publisher: The Naval Institute Press

From Baird Maritime:

The Naval Institute Press continues to tread bravely where others fear to go. Its bravery has been particularly obvious during the poisonous, witch-hunting atmosphere that has pervaded the United States for much of the time since September 11, 2001.

That the mood has changed more recently is in no small measure due to the dissenting voices that have been supported by NIP. They have significantly helped a return to rationality in the political and strategic debate taking place in Washington.

The fact that this enormously important book has so obviously been ignored by the current administration, despite its 30 illustrious editions, is tragic. Its assessment of America’s Vietnam War effort is devastating.

Given recent history, it is now all the more imperative that it be read and understood by all warriors and politicians and not just the warrior intellectuals who benefit from the products of Naval Institute Press.

Ordering Information:

The Naval Institute Press
Annapolis, USA

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West Coast Support Group: Task Group 96.8 Korea 1950-1953
Wednesday, 30 January 2008 15:54

Author: M.P. Cocker
Publisher: Whittles Publishing

From Baird Maritime:

History may often repeat itself but it can equally be said that every war is different and every example of naval participation different again.

The Korean War, perhaps because it occurred so soon after the Second World War, has become something of a “forgotten war”, particularly in the naval sense. This useful little book, however, presents a lot of valuable facts that help to put the Korean War into context.

As the first United Nations War, the Korean War involved a vast array of nations that supported the UN’s aim of preventing the conquest of South Korea by communist backed supporters of the North.

This book describes the disparate but co-ordinated group of British Commonwealth, Thai, Danish, French, Dutch and Colombian warships that proved so effective in support of the US Navy in Korea.

An important slice of naval history well recorded.

Ordering Information:

Whittles Publishing
Caithness, UK
Belrose, Australia

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A Man of Intelligence: The Life of Captain Eric Nave Australian Codebreaker Extraordinary
Wednesday, 30 January 2008 15:52

Author: Ian Pfennigwerth
Publisher: Rosenberg Publishing

From Baird Maritime:

A first rate biography of a fascinating man. Eric Nave was one of those rare and different people who are on very rare occasions allowed to flourish in a Navy. He was, as the author states, good at being in the right place at the right time.

As one of the very few Australian officers to speak and understand Japanese before World War II, that War could be said to have been made for him. His vast intelligence also ensured his employment early in the war as a “codebreaker”. At that he was particularly successful. He seemed almost able to understand what the Japanese were thinking, a rare gift.

Because Nave moved from the RAN to the RN and back during the early part of his career, he perhaps received less recognition than he deserved.

This fascinating book redresses that balance considerably.

Ordering Information:

Rosenberg Publishing
Kenthurst, Australia

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Billy Mitchell: The Life, Times and Battles of America’s Prophet of Air Power
Wednesday, 30 January 2008 15:50

Publisher: Zenith Press

From Baird Maritime:
In the first decade of the twenty-first century it is almost impossible to imagine wars not dominated by air power. However, one hundred years previously, air power had barely been considered.

William “Billy” Mitchell was the grandson of a hugely successful banker, railway promoter and politician. His father was a European educated army officer and politician and a philanthropist. His was a strong, educated and powerful family that knew how to get things done.

He enlisted for the Spanish American War in 1898 as an eighteen year old private but was soon commissioned as the U.S. Navy’s youngest officer. Showing great promise he was quickly promoted Captain and soon began his fascination with flying. By the time the United States entered World War I in 1917, Mitchell was already agitating for air power and had qualified as a pilot.

He was instrumental in establishing the American Air Service and as a Colonel was assigned to command its I Corps. His was a successful war and he finished it as an acclaimed Brigadier General.

His next two decades were much more difficult and included a celebrated court martial. He pushed relentlessly for the establishment of a separate Air Force.

Meanwhile, for readers of this magazine, he began to prove that even the strongest battleships were vulnerable to attack from the air. This was controversial stuff.

During this time he saw the first French attempt at an aircraft carrier in 1922 and was inspired. As early as 1923 he commented on the vulnerability of Honolulu to air attack. He made similar comments about the Philippines. He saw the Japanese building a strong air force and forecast a “sneak attack” from aircraft carriers on the U.S. bases at Pearl Harbor. His detailed prediction eighteen years before the event was amazingly accurate. He was immediately and extensively disparaged.

His celebrated court martial was really the trial of a moderniser who was also a gladfly. It was really Mitchell vs. the War Department and military bureaucratic establishment. The result, predictably, was his dismissal from the Army.

Mitchell was a classic example of the “Prophet without Honour” but he was right. His visionary predictions were accurate and most of what he fought for achieved. Eleven years after his premature death a separate U.S. Air Force was established.

Ordering Information:

Zenith Press
St Paul, USA
Capricorn Link
Windsor, Australia

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