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Coast Guard Hardcover – November 9, 2004

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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.

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, 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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Universe; 2010 Foundation for Coast Guard History edition (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 (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,418,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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By DmD on August 20, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Have the similar Air Force and have read the Army book like this one, must say that I like this one the best so far. Gives a great look into the USCG's vast history and all the unseen actions they take every day.
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