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Iron Coffin: War, Technology, and Experience aboard the USS <I>Monitor</I> (Johns Hopkins Introductory Studies in the History of Technology) Paperback – January 17, 2012


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Product Details

  • Series: Johns Hopkins Introductory Studies in the History of Technology
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press; updated edition edition (January 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421405202
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421405209
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,055,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mindell takes us back in time so we become 'witnesses' to the events surrounding the Union Navy's most famous ironclad.

(Pirates and Privateers)

The excellence of this volume confirms its continuing usefulness... Iron Coffin is a veritable gem of a book.

(John F.M. McDermott IEEE Technology and Society Magazine)

Mindell’s research is impeccable and supports his argument with considerable authority from contemporary sources as well as his own experiences after the partial recovery of the Monitor’s components. The book, as with its earlier incarnation, is an important bridge between operational military history and the human side to science and technology.

(Gregory Stern H-War, H-Net Reviews)

Midell conveys life aboard the Monitor with realism and honesty.

(Robert C. Stewart Industrial Archaeology)

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An original and stimulating study that raises serious questions about relations between warriors and their death-dealing machinery.

(War, Literature, and the Arts)

Well researched and wide in its scope, this work raises issues that transcend the Civil War and resonate in our own time.

(American Historical Review)

This book offers important new insights into the Monitor as a national icon, the ironclad's association with the modern U.S. Navy, and the evolving role of innovation and heroism in twenty-first-century warfare.

(Virginia Magazine of History and Biography)

Mindell provides an intriguing and richly textured analysis that makes effective use of contemporary diaries and other reports. These accounts help Mindell convey the flavor of life aboard the Monitor with candor and insight.

(Journal of Southern History)

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By gus gallegos on February 25, 2014
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You can smell the gunpowder and coal smoke, feel the cramped and heated space and the Monitor comes alive. Come aboard!
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By Chris Coyne on August 3, 2014
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Great book. I liked every thing about it except the last chapter about Melville. The ship and it's crew fascinated me, I wasn't bored at all, at least until they started talking about Melville and his poems about the Monitor. I hope one day I will go to the Monitor museum.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gerald P. McGinty on February 15, 2013
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A good revue of the technical aspects of the monitor, but missing aspects of the single-cylinder two-piston steam engine .
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MissMia09 on February 4, 2013
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This book was amazing! Never knew that ironclads were used during the Civil War, this is a must read, highly recommend it!
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