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Teddy Roosevelt's Great White Fleet (Bluejacket Books) Reprint Edition
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In addition to the narrative of the Great White Fleet's journey, Reckner places this journey into the context of both the geopolitical struggles as the United States struggled to emerge as a world power and the political struggles as the United States Navy attempted to reform. However, in doing so, Reckner is careful not to overstate the fleet's importance - an unusual course for an author, because they usually feel compelled to overstate their subject matter's importance to justify they attention that they devote to it.
Although this is an excellent book, it would have benefited from at least one map showing the fleet's journey. Also, the author missed a couple of opportunities to educate the reader about the early twentieth century Navy and the customs of the Navy (such as the cannon salutes to colors). Although I am not a huge fan of social history, I would like to have known more about the sailors in the fleet and the actual operation of those battleships.
Ultimately, this is an excellent, concise history of this historic voyage. Reckner admirably recounts the history of the Great White Fleet and its impact on American and international history. I recommend this book to anyone interested in American military history or naval history.
· as a fleet exercise to improve the fleet's readiness and capabilities
· to demonstrate the its ability to sail from the Atlantic to the Pacific and arrive ready to fight
· demonstrate to the Japanese that the US was prepared to defend its Pacific territories and commitments in that part of the world
· to illustrate the need for the Panama Canal, which was under construction
· to demonstrate to the people of the US and the rest of the world that the US had arrived as a world power
Most of the book is spend on the details of the trip and the ports that were visited. I feel that the book is to be of most interest to those with a specific interest in naval affairs as opposed to a general audience.
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Great book of a little known and taught naval / political operation of the early 20th century.Published 5 months ago by Richard A. Sims
This work met my expectations. It was an easy read as well. The seller was prompt and I would do business with them any time!Published on August 25, 2013 by Leslie Mansir