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The Twins Platoon: An Epic Story of Young Marines at War in Vietnam
Wednesday, 30 January 2008 15:22


Author: Christy W. Sauro Jr.
Publisher: Zenith Press

From Baird Maritime:

A rather bizarre but nevertheless fascinating treatment of the often bizarre Vietnam War. This book follows a platoon of marines recruited in 1967 through their experiences in Vietnam and concludes long afterwards in 2005.

Even more bizarrely, it is written in the third person. Still, it remains personal and provides a very close up view of the experiences of a group of young, relatively uneducated but mostly good hearted Americans suffering in very unexpected ways.

An unusual but effective approach to military history.

Ordering Information:

Zenith Press
St Paul, USA
Web: www.zenithpress.com
 
Capricorn Link
Windsor, Australia
Web: www.capricornlink.com.au

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Modern Warships
Wednesday, 30 January 2008 15:21


Author: Kit & Carolyn Bonner
Publisher: Zenith Press

From Baird Maritime:

A very well and extensively illustrated description of the ships and boats of the United States Navy and a number of other navies.

The book is pretty much what its title describes, a very good overview of the currently serving warships of the world.

A very useful pocket guide.

Ordering Information:

Zenith Press
Des Moines, USA
Web: www.zenithpress.com
 
Capricorn Link
Windsor, Australia
Web: www.capricornlink.com.au

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China’s Future Nuclear Submarine Force
Wednesday, 30 January 2008 15:19


Edited by Andrew S. Erickson, Lyle J. Goldstein, William S. Murray, And Andrew R. Wilson
Publisher: Naval Institute Press

From Baird Maritime:

With China’s inexorable commercial growth and resultant financial power, attention is turning to the country’s defensive and offensive capabilities.

The People’s Liberation Army Navy has recently begun to publicly flex its fast developing muscles. This carefully researched and analysed book comprises a number of uniformly well written essays which look at this phenomenon and many of the important details of it.

While very clearly written from an American perspective, the book, nevertheless, provides the reader with an excellent overview of Chinese naval developments in the first decade of the new millennium. It focuses on nuclear powered and armed submarines but, usefully, analyses them in a much broader context.

A valuable study.

Ordering Information:

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

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Cochrane The Dauntless: The Life and Adventures of Thomas Cochrane
Wednesday, 30 January 2008 15:18


Author: David Cordingly
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

From Baird Maritime:

Not as well known as Nelson but of the same era, Lord Cochrane was longer lived and far wider ranging.

Cochrane was the model for Patrick O’Brien’s Jack Aubrey character. Even those masterful novel’s failed to outshine the reality of Cochrane’s long and amazing life.

This brilliant biography does its subject justice. Extensively researched, exceptionally well illustrated and meticulously indexed, the book is a masterpiece of naval history.

Cochrane is something of a hidden gem as far as British naval heroes go. This book goes a long way towards polishing that gem for the reader to enjoy.

A wonderful life brilliantly described.

Ordering Information:

Bloomsbury Publishing
London, UK
Web: www.bloomsbury.com
 
Allen & Unwin
Crows Nest, Australia
Web: www.allenandunwin.com

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Grenada to the Virgin Islands: A Cruising Guide to the Lesser Antilles
Wednesday, 30 January 2008 15:16


Author: Jacques Patuelli
Publisher: Imray Laurie Norie & Wilson

From Baird Maritime:

Another of the brilliant Imray cruising guides or pilots. This one benefits further from being a rather more polished second edition.

This one meticulously describes the north Atlantic’s favourite cruising grounds. Beautifully photographed and precisely mapped, if not charted, it is hard to imagine a more detailed approach to such a work. It even gives advice as to local restaurants, bars, chandleries and providores.

As a denizen of the southern hemisphere and so being more familiar with the relatively unpopulated seas of the South Pacific and Indian Oceans, this reviewer was rather put off by the crowds of people and boats shown. That is a purely personal preference, of course.

Whatever, if you are cruising the lesser Antilles for either commercial or leisure reasons, or both, this book will be indispensable.

Ordering Information:

Imray Laurie Norie & Wilson
St Ives, UK
Web: www.imray.com

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