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The United States Coast Guard: 1790 to the Present Paperback – August, 2004

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"An exhaustive and fascinating history of an American institution." -- Night Owl Reviews

About the Author

Thomas P. Ostrom served in the USCGR from 1961-69, and had basic and advanced training at the USCG Base, Alameda, California. He served subsequently in the Port Security Reserve Unit in Duluth, Minnesota, and participated in monthly and active duty assignments each summer, earning petty officer rank. Mr. Ostrom taught history, anthropology and geography at Rochester Community College in Rochester, Minnesota for for thirty two years, has written a regular column for the Rochester ?Post Bulletin? and has been a political pundit on KROC-AM radio.

Ostrom was born in Superior, Wisconsin. He received his BA and MS degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Superior. He did graduate and post-graduate work at Ball State University, the University of North Dakota, Winona State University, and the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

He is a member of The Foundation for Coast Guard History, Navy League, the U.S. Naval Institute, and the National Maritime Historical Society.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Red Anvil Press (August 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932762159
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932762150
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,647,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By B. Thee on January 12, 2015
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The book is packed with facts, but the writing style is disjointed. It's structured like a thousand separate paragraphs in chronological order; they don't flow at all. I read the first 50 pages and quit.
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Although I knew very little about the history of the United States Coast Guard, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Tom Ostrom's "USCG: 1790 To the Present." Its lucid style, exhaustive documentation, and clear organization, made the reading easy and enjoyable. It is one of the best history books that I have read in recent years. I strongly recommend the book to anyone who's interested in military history. ----Fan Shen, author of "Gang of One: Memoirs of a Red Guard."
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I found it very fascinating to read the history of the service in which I served. I realized again the true value of the service.
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