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Coast Guard Hardcover – November 9, 2004


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Universe (November 9, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0883631164
  • ISBN-13: 978-0883631164
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 10.6 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,951,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Lieutenant Commander Tom Beard, USCG (Retired), split his military flying career between a Vietnam tour as a Navy carrier pilot and work as a Coast Guard rescue pilot. He possesses an airline transport pilot’s rating and Coast Guard Masters license.

Walter Cronkite
, named "the most trusted man in America," was an iconic former TV broadcast journalist whose accomplishments won him acclaim from journalism colleagues and the American public alike. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Customer Reviews

Great book to have on your coffee table for friends to see your history with and the history of the Coast Guard.
Rachel Hamlin
If you have served, retired from, currently serving, reservist, or an auxilarist in the United States Coast Guard, you would appreciate this book.
G.B.
The book is an absolute "must have book" for anyone who has ever had any member of his or her family in the USCG.
W. H. McDonald Jr.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By John Matlock on December 14, 2004
Format: Hardcover
To get a feeling of the Coast Guard it's worth a visit to the maritime museum at Astoria, Oregon, near the mouth of the Columbia River. The museum has several displays of the Coast Guard activities in that area, which is known for some of the roughest water anywhere. There you learn of the 'coasties' who have died on the Columbia Bar as they lived up to the motto 'You Have to go Out.'

To get a feeling for these people go do a search for the web site of the National Motor Lifeboat School. They show a movie of what the bar is like on a good day. And these people go out about 400 times a year to aid a stricken vessel.

This book is a history of the Coast Guard, but it's also a tribute to the men and women who have served in the Coast Guard since its founding in 1790. It's a huge book, profusely illustrated, well written and shows the Coast Guard as an example of the best our Government can do.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ken Laesser on December 6, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is a grand publication. I have been waiting patiently for this book and it exceeds all my expectations. This book can be kept with pride on any coffee table

A job superbly done by Mr Tom Beard. Thank You

Ken Laesser EMCM USCG (ret)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Steven L. Helling on February 22, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book is nothing short of a family heirloom. To be cherished and passed down for generations to come. The cover is a "soft" hard cover. In the center is a large raised Coast Guard emblem. The pages are thick and glossy and full of pictures, drawings and stories from "Coasties" past and present. I have been active duty Coast Guard for 19 years and this is my retirement gift to me. The book retails for $75.00 and any price under that is a bargain for this phenomenal book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Sabel on January 17, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I received this fantastic book for Christmas from my wife. My hats off to all that put this book together. Very well done. The writing and the graphics, nice job Paul, are top notch.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Bradley J. Glover on July 22, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The other services came out with a similar book years ago. Every time I walk into a book store I immediately go to the military section with the hope of finding this book waiting for me on the shelf. I always left feeling disappointed. This book retails for about 75 bucks. Some may say that is too high a price for a book, I say it is worth every penny. Semper Paratus.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By W. H. McDonald Jr. on November 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is one of those really fun books to read and to look at. I got the book and spent an afternoon looking it over and explaining all the photos and pictures to my six-year old grandson. He totally enjoyed it along with me. The book has a simple and humble enough title "The Coast Guard". What a delightful surprise awaits inside it. First off, the book cover looks like a book you would want to have on your coffee table in your professional office lobby where others could see your good taste and entertain themselves while waiting for you. Tom Beard has put together the ultimate book on what the Coast Guard is all about.

The author, along with a large staff of others, have put together some of the all time most interesting photos and stories about this branch of service. I even noticed that my part of northern California was covered with some USCG history dealing with the great Yuba City floods of 1955. The book is an absolute "must have book" for anyone who has ever had any member of his or her family in the USCG. I was in the Army and yet, I spent a full afternoon just looking through the book and the next day reading the stories. It will entertain you even if you are not someone who reads military books.

The book relates the history of the lighthouses, the rescue boats, the ice cutters, the service in different wars, the battle against drug dealers and all kinds of air and sea rescues. It is a full history from the beginnings of the service to the present day under the Office of The Homeland Security.

This book is the best book ever written about the USCG. Everything you could ever care to know is in there. It is a collector's book for sure. The Military Writer's Society of America gives this book it highest rating of FIVE STARS!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Larry Stefanovich on August 2, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This muti authored book covers the Coast Guard from 1790 to present from A to Z. I'm proud to say I was a member by choice for four years active and twelve years inactive. To the authors "Well Done"!!!

Lar
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MMcallister00 on March 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This was a purchase for my son who recently graduated CG OCS. When the book arrived, I was immediately captivated by the leather-like soft cover and raised Coast Guard emblem in the center. It is a large book suitable for coffee table display. The information inside chronically the CG from infancy through the War on Terror. It is certainly a "must have" for Coasties, their families or anyone who supports the CG. The CG is our smallest military service branch charged with a very big job- Homeland Security. The information in this book will help anyone come to a better appreciation for the CG motto "Semper Paratus" (Always Ready).
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