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The United States Coast Guard and National Defense: A History from World War I to the Present Paperback – October 10, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0786464807 ISBN-10: 0786464801

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  • Paperback: 277 pages
  • Publisher: Mcfarland (October 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786464801
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786464807
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,020,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A member of the United States Coast Guard Reserve from 1961 to 1969, Thomas P. Ostrom taught anthropology, geography, and history at Rochester Community College in Minnesota before retiring. He is currently a member of the U.S. Life-Saving Service Heritage Association, U.S. Navy Memorial, Foundation for Coast Guard History, and the Naval Historical Foundation.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alan Eggers on November 5, 2011
Format: Paperback
As I read this book, I could not but feel I had encountered a microcosm of global conflict and American tradition. As The U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings' Lt. Jim Doblow has noted,this book brings The Coast Guard's centruy old tradition of handling foreign military invasions, one-horse smuggling operations and everything in-between under a single tactical doctrine to the fore. Terrorism comprises so much smuggling, racketeering and all out conflict that overall national security policy procedure becomes Ostrom's subject by sheer default. A plain and so oddly neglected ingredient in national security studies. Ole Mr. Ostrom! Why hasn't the entire field emphasized such an obviously appropriate national security model? Let that be the reader's first national security concern.
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Thomas Ostrom has written a brief history of the United States Coast Guard as it pertains too U.S. National Defense. The history of the activities of the U..S. Coast guard focus on the period from World War I to the present; with a brief overview The book actually starts its overview at 1790 when the organization started as the US Revenue Marine under Alexander Hamilton when he was Secretary of the Treasury. We read the transitions of the U.S.A.'s first permanent naval force into today's U.S. Coast Guard.

Most people hear U.S. Coast Guard and think of its everyday peacetime missions of providing port security, maintaining aids to navigation, and performing search and rescue. But they are a military branch and at times of conflict play key functions both at home and in foreign theaters of war. Working as there own entity or integrated into key positions of the other branches of the military. The co-ordination of these units into the other armed forces have proven to be very advantageous for the specialist that the U.S. Coast Guard provide.

I enjoyed the book. But it seems written for the historian and makes a wonderful reference book. Thomas Ostrom has done in depth research that stands on its own and takes even more relevance when taken in contents with his other book which covers World War II and other U.S. Coast Guard history books. The text has an abundance of information and is added too with multiple appendices, a bibliography and is well indexed. As I mentioned earlier I consider this a reference book that would be in any maritime library.
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Once again, Ostrom has integrated the various law enforcement and military missions the Coast Guard has had through the balance of it's existence. Neither a true crime nor a military history book, Ostrom, possibly accidentally, distills public service from both ingredients, something that MUST be kept in mind in our post-911 world. Perhaps the beginning of a new nonfiction genre for a new political world. Superb!
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ronald T. Roseborough VINE VOICE on April 27, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book is full of facts concerning the U. S. Coast Guard and it's distinguished service history. Normally that is a good thing, but this book is overrun with facts. There is hardly any room for the author to reveal himself. Fortunately he does find his voice when he describes the Coast Guard's current role in the fight against terrorism. If you don't mind wading through the very dry facts to get to the meat of the book, you will be rewarded with a new understanding and appreciation for one of our nation's underrated armed services. Book provided by the well read folks at Library Thing.
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