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  • Paperback: 536 pages
  • Publisher: University of Missouri (December 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826217028
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826217028
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,145,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A nonacademic narrative about the major navies of the world during the past century, this volume and its two companion volumes divide into periods symbolized by dominant ships: the battleship, aircraft carrier, and nuclear submarine.Rose, an author of specialty naval histories who served in the U.S. Navy in the 1950s, instills clarity about a tension that animates any modern navy, that between its national strategy and the ships necessary to effect that strategy. Since ships inherently fix a strategy for years into the future, contentious theorizing erupts over the optimal vessels to construct. Rose reprises this intranaval conflict in each tome, incorporating a nation's domestic interests, which are inevitably involved because of the great expense of navies. He debuts with 1890s American theorist Alfred Thayer Mahan, the von Clausewitz of naval strategy who profoundly influenced the pre-World War I admirals of Britain and Germany. Their fixation on fleets of dreadnoughts, which echoes in contemporary popular interest (Castles of Steel, by Robert Massie, 2003), was proved by events to be misplaced: the Battle of Jutland was indecisive, whereas the prosaic blockade strangled Germany. However, the demise of big-gunned leviathans was resisted by their naval champions of the interwar years until experience of the first years of World War II relegated those not sunk by airpower to supporting roles. Discussing postwar debates about the aircraft carrier's power and vulnerability, Rose maintains his theme of strategy's continual interplay with technology's relentless advance amid his attention to key parameters of naval effectiveness, such as maintenance and crew morale. An ambitious opus, Rose's set rewards explorers of sea power's instrumentality in international affairs and conflict. Gilbert Taylor
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"The undeniable but little understood impact of sea power on the modern history of the world is the essence of Lisle Rose's masterful Power at Sea; thought-provoking and a good read."—Edward J. Marolda, Senior Historian, Naval Historical Center



“Lisle Rose writes with a verve that few historians possess. Here are three books on a magisterial subject, each done with the éclat it deserves. No other writer about sea power in the machine age has managed such an achievement.”—Robert H. Ferrell

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth D. Kohlstedt on April 19, 2007
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If you don't know the Battle of the Atlantic from the Battle of Leyte Gulf, you'll want to do a quick review of U.S. naval history during World War II before starting Dr. Rose's second volume in his Power at Sea trilogy. That said, I think that even the casual historian will find this book well worth their while. A revealing look into the rise of the aircraft carrier as the dominate weapon of sea power is only one of the several intriguing topics covered. I was particularly fascinated by the section that described how close the axis nations actually came to winning the war they had so recklessly begun. This book provides an excellent look into the era in which the United States surpassed Great Britain as the greatest sea power in the world.
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