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Blue & Gray Navies: The Civil War Afloat Hardcover – May 11, 2013
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"At last the naval side of the Civil War is getting the attention it deserves. In this comprehensive survey, Spencer Tucker effectively mines the scholarship of the past several decades to produce a clear and authoritative history of the Civil War at sea."--Craig L. Symonds, author of Decision at Sea
"A thoroughly researched, well written history that emphasizes joint army-navy operations in the American Civil War. For those interested in this topic, Tuckers new book is a must."--Jack Friend, author of West Wind, Flood Tide
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Tucker succeeds in this aim. His book is a comprehensive account of the war, one that looks not just at the battles, but the people, vessels, logistics, and technologies involved in the combat between the two sides. Yet much of the drama is missing from the story. The first part of the book, where Tucker addresses the organization, ships, and personnel of the navies, reads like an extended encyclopedia entry; it is not until Tucker reaches the famous battle between the Monitor and the Virginia that the book is truly engaging, and much of the rest of the text struggles to emulate these pages. For those readers seeking to understand the naval aspects of the Civil War, how it was fought, and the role that it played in the broader struggle this is a minor quibble, but anyone seeking a dramatic narrative of ironclad ships battling one other should turn elsewhere.