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The Submarine: A History


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For centuries people dreamed of navigating under the sea, but it was not until the beginning of the twentieth century that inventors succeeded in developing practical submarines. With the coming of World War I, nations saw something entirely new in war: the deadly effectiveness of underwater craft, with German U-boats threatening to starve Britain and bringing the United States into the war, thus proving underwater battles more important than the great battles fought on land. A generation later U-boats repeated the struggle in the Atlantic, while in the Pacific U.S. submarines literally put Japan out of business. Then in the nuclear age, the true submarine became the most powerful weapon of war ever created—the weapon that paradoxically kept the peace.

Now, military historian Thomas Parrish tells the story of those who first dreamed of underwater ships; of the practical and ingenious inventors and engineers who created and developed the submarine; of visionary naval strategists; of famous skippers on all sides—steel-nerved men like Americ‛s Dick ‛Kane, German‛s Reinhard Hardegen—who wielded this weapon; of the famous and infamous deeds of boats like the U-20, the Wahoo, and the nuclear-powered Nautilus and George Washington; and of the tragedies that befell boats like the American Thresher and the Russian Kursk. Parris‛s compelling narrative blends strategy, high policy, technology, heroism, and perilous adventure.

Book News Annotation:

From the pioneering vessels of the Civil War to the large nuclear submarines of today, military historian provides a narrative history of the development of the submarine and its impact on modern warfare. The bulk of his work examines the attack role the submarine played during the two World Wars and its purpose as a nuclear deterrent during the Cold War. He intersperses discussion of overarching technical and strategic issues, with dramatic retellings of important battles and other events, including the recent loss of the ill-fated Russian craft, the Kursk.
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Parrish's compelling narrative about the history of underwater ships blends strategy, high policy, technology, heroism, and perilous adventure.

About the Author

Thomas Parrish is the author of a number of highly respected books on twentieth-century history, including Berlin in the Balance, The Cold War Encyclopedia, The American Codebreakers, and Roosevelt and Marshall: Partners in Politics and War. He also created and edited the acclaimed Simon & Schuster Encyclopedia of World War II and the six-volume Men and Battle series.

Table of Contents


Preface ix

List of Maps xv

Charleston 2000–1864

Chapter 1: The Peripatetic Coffin 3

Part I

The Underwater Pioneers

Chapter 2: Dreamers and Some Doers 9

Chapter 3: The Dream Realized: Holland and Lake 23

Part II

The Great War: The U-Boats and Mr. Wilson

Chapter 4:“Those Damned Englander” 45

Chapter 5:“The Dreaded Little Submarin” 57

Chapter 6: Blockades for a New War 67

Chapter 7:“My God, I‛s the Lusitania” 82

Chapter 8: A President Too Proud 94

Chapter 9: From Folkestone to Dieppe 105

Chapter 10: In the Med 113

Chapter 11:“The Cursed Crow” 123

Chapter 12: The Fight for Sea Shepherds 139

Chapter 13: Ideas, Methods, and Triumph 150

Part III

From War to War

Chapter 14: Boats and Builders I 165

Chapter 15: Arms and the Nations 171

Chapter 16: Boats and Builders II 178

Part IV

World War II: The Struggle for the Atlantic

Chapter 17: Lieutenant Lem‛s Great Decision 195

Chapter 18: U-Boats in Trouble 207

Chapter 19: Atlantic Raiders: The“Happy Tim” 220

Chapter 20: DĂ©j

Product Details

A History
Parrish, Tom
Parrish, Thomas
Parrish, Tom
Viking Adult
New York
Military Science
Military - Naval
Military - General
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Two 16-page inserts with b/w photos and
9.58x6.44x1.86 in. 2.28 lbs.

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