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On Seas of Glory: Heroic Men, Great Ships, and Epic Battles of the American Navyby John F. Lehman
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From Ronald Reagan's Secretary of the Navy comes the incredible story of that service, beginning to end. John Lehman focuses on the important ships, interesting people, and decisive battles in American naval history from the Revolutionary War to the present day.Everyone and everything in these pages is larger than life. Some of the men are legends. Lehman covers, among others, the Revolutionary War's John Paul Jones (of I have not yet begun to fight fame); David Glasgow Damn the torpedoes Farragut of the Civil War; and the recently retired Hyman G. Rickover, the high priest of the nuclear submariners and his stormy, controversial relationship with Lehman himself. He also uses little-known diaries and accounts to tell the stories of the individual, uknown sailors who made it all possible. Then there are the ships: from the U.S.S. Constitution and C.S.S. Alabama to the ships of today's Navy including yesterday's nuclear-powered Nimitz supercarriers and today's superfast, high-tech Arleigh Burke destroyers just rolling off their blocks in Maine's Bath Ironworks. And finally, of course, the battles, thrillingly recounted from the Battle of New Orleans to the Battle of Midway to Grenada (which is more exciting than you thought).Throughout the smoke and fire Lehman argues fiercely for the independence of the Navy and its men, and shows the service's gradual evolution from ragtag smugglers and blockade-runners to true ships of the line and eventually today's ultimate ship and sailor, technically skilled, but in the same fighting tradition of his illustrious forbears.The first new single-volume history of the U. S. Navy in decades is also the most exciting ever.
In On Seas of Glory, the U.S. Navy meets a storyteller worthy of its noble history. Former Secretary of the Navy John Lehman gives a sweeping narrative of the service's illustrious past, from the Revolutionary War to the present day, filled with the ships that dominated the seas, equally titanic personalities, and the battles that made history.
Lehman profiles naval greats from John Paul Jones to William "Bull" Halsey, as well as the lesser-known sailors who have made the U.S. Navy the mightiest in the world, using diaries, memoirs, and letters to reveal naval combat as though firsthand. He also highlights the warships that have dominated the seas of their day and the battles in which they fought — illustrated by detailed maps, woodcuts, paintings, and never-before-published photographs.
With this chronicle of selfless sacrifice and awesome courage on the war-swept seas around the world, Lehman reminds us that the legends chronicled in these pages were real men and women, that the navy they fought for still sails, and that today their heroism is needed more than ever.
About the Author
andlt;Bandgt;John Lehmanandlt;/Bandgt;, shown here while an aviator in the naval reserve, was appointed Secretary of the Navy by Ronald Reagan. He is the founding partner of J. F. Lehman andamp;amp; Company, and the chairman of the Princess Grace Foundation. He lives in Manhattan and Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
Table of Contents
CHAPTER I THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR
Nicholas Biddle; H.M.S. Jersey; John Barry; John Paul Jones; Valcour Island; Francois de Grasse; Virginia Capes
CHAPTER II THE PRIVATEERS
The Revolution; Congress; Fair American; George Lehman; Dr. Drowne; Stephen Girard; The War of 1812; General Armstrong and Andrew Jackson; The Civil War
CHAPTER III WAR WITH THE BERBER PASHAS AND REVOLUTIONARY FRANCE
Joshua Humphreys; Horatio Nelson; Subscription Ships; Essex; Stephen Decatur Jr.
CHAPTER IV THE WAR OF 1812
Macedonian; Samuel Leech; Uriah Philips Levy; Joshua Barney; Charles Ball; Lake Erie; Lake Champlain and Thomas MacDonough
CHAPTER V THE CIVIL WAR
David Farragut; New Orleans; Mobile Bay; Commodore Class Gunboats; Joseph V. Kelly; William B. Cushing; Raphael Semmes and Confederate Raiders; Alabama
CHAPTER VI MANIFEST DESTINY: THE "NEW NAVY"
Alfred Thayer Mahan; Theodore Roosevelt; The Spanish-American War, Olympia and Manila Bay; Franklin Roosevelt; The First World War; War Plan Orange
CHAPTER VII WORLD WAR II
Pearl Harbor; The North Atlantic; Chester W. Nimitz; Ernest J. King; Midway; U.S.S. Yorktown; Guadalcanal; Alvin Kernan; Normandy; Andrew Jackson Higgins; Leyte Gulf; LCSs; John Lehman, Sr; U.S.S. William D. Porter; Okinawa; V-J Day
CHAPTER VIII THE COLD WAR
James V. Forrestal; Korea; Inchon; Hyman G. Rickover; Submariners; Grace Hopper; Vietnam; James Elliot Williams; Yankee Station
CHAPTER IX THE 600-SHIP NAVY AND COLD WAR VICTORY
James L. Holloway III; Nimitz Class; The Falklands War; John Lehman; Iowa Class Battleships; Beirut; Tripoli; Grenada; Tim Howard; The End of the Cold War
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