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The Two-Ocean War: A Short History of the United States Navy in the Second World War (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – November 1997

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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 640 Seiten
  • Verlag: Galahad Books,U.S.; Auflage: 1st Galahad Books Ed (November 1997)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1578660033
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578660032
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 23,7 x 16,3 x 5,1 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 3.399.445 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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Morison's 15-volume history of US naval operations in World War II is often regarded as a definitive account. This book distills that material into one volume, and combines historical analysis with the author's personal experience as an admiral in the war. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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Morison provides excellent coverage of the role of the U.S. Navy during World War II. However, the coverage is very broad, rating a five star for those wishing to obtain an understanding of the Navy's role in World War II, but rating about a 2 or 3 star for serious students of the war.
There are a number of excellent points to be made about the book: (1) it is easy to read; (2) Morison talks "Navy talk" without apology (so get out your dictionary at times); (3) maps are generally there when you need them, although more camnpaign maps would be appreciated; (4) Morison speaks with authority on the subject since he was really there; and (5) a nice touch: an evaluation, in the last chapter, of the U.S. Navy commanders who had a say so in how the war went.
This is a very fine book for the general reader and those specialists wishing to get back to the "broad picture" or string of events. For the student of the war, the book lacks depth in specific events, and this is certainly excusable since volumes have been written on specific events, such as Okinawa, Tarara, Overlord, the sinking of the Yamato, and so on.
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AN EXCELLENT SUMMARY OF NAVY OPS IN WORLD WAR II 25. Oktober 1999
Von TED B. - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
Morison provides excellent coverage of the role of the U.S. Navy during World War II. However, the coverage is very broad, rating a five star for those wishing to obtain an understanding of the Navy's role in World War II, but rating about a 2 or 3 star for serious students of the war.
There are a number of excellent points to be made about the book: (1) it is easy to read; (2) Morison talks "Navy talk" without apology (so get out your dictionary at times); (3) maps are generally there when you need them, although more camnpaign maps would be appreciated; (4) Morison speaks with authority on the subject since he was really there; and (5) a nice touch: an evaluation, in the last chapter, of the U.S. Navy commanders who had a say so in how the war went.
This is a very fine book for the general reader and those specialists wishing to get back to the "broad picture" or string of events. For the student of the war, the book lacks depth in specific events, and this is certainly excusable since volumes have been written on specific events, such as Okinawa, Tarara, Overlord, the sinking of the Yamato, and so on.
13 von 13 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
The Best One Volume History of the USN in WWII out there 16. November 2010
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Two Ocean War by Samuel Eliot Morison is a one volume abridgement of Morison's 15 volume History of United States Naval Operations in World War II. What makes Two Ocean War a particularly interesting book is Morison's contemporaneous access to the major players in the US Navy during the war. At the beginning of WWII, Morison, a Harvard history professor and friend of FDR, proposed writing and official history of the war from the inside. FDR and SecNav Frank Knox agreed, commissioned Morison a LTCDR USNR and turned him loose.

Morison apparently went wherever he wanted during the war to "get the story". During the war be sailed on convoy duty in the Atlantic twice, watched the TORCH landings from USS Brooklyn, made a cruise with "Ching" Lee's fast battleships, patrolled "the Slot" with PT boats, and was present at the battle of Kolombangara (USS Honolulu), the invasions of the Gilberts (USS Baltimore) and the Marianas (USS Honolulu) before wrapping things up in 1945 aboard USS Tennessee as it pounded Okinawa before and during the invasion.

As a result of his unprecedented access, Morison's writing displays a great familiarity with the personalities of the Admirals involved I the operations. At times one almost gets the impression that Morison is writing about the doings of his friends to be read by other friends. He has a very lively writing style, which strikes a good blend of narrative and exposition. He not only tells the reader what happened, but when appropriate, why it happened. I wonder if the 15 volume history (of which this is supposed to be an abridgement) features the same writing style.

There are only a few small criticisms of the book. First, it is, as one might expect from a history of US Naval Operations in WWII very Pacific-centric. Although operations in the Atlantic and Med are covered, they have nothing like the detail of those in the Pacific. This includes the Battle of the Atlantic, which is given a cursory examination and account. However since it was largely a British battle I suppose this makes some sense.

The second criticism is kind of the "flip side" of Morison's access and apparent acquaintance with the Admirals involved. There is very little serious criticism of American forces involved. Even Halsey gets no more than a nominal "tutt-tutt" finger shake for haring off after Ozawa's empty carriers and leaving Ziggy Sprague's behind flapping in the breeze at Samar Island.

Which those provisos, this is still the best one volume account of the American Navy in WWII, especially in the Pacific, that I've ever seen or heard about. I recommend it highly for anyone who wants to understand the USNs experience in WWII.
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Excellent 26. September 2000
Von G. S. Swint - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Morison's book is unique in two ways: 1) he was an admiral, so he knows what went on and what was supposed to go on, and 2) he is careful to separate his opinion from history, but still gives you both. This is probably as good a short book as can be written about the naval war. If you want more detail, get a multi-volume set, but it was just fine for me being someone interested in what happened when and why. I also appreciated his personal assessment of naval commanders and their decisions.
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A little too stripped down, but solid 21. Mai 2002
Von Ein Kunde - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
I think you have to take it in the context that at the time there wasn't such a wealth of contemporary books, and there was a need for a summary like this. Fifty years later battle incidents like Savo Island have been discussed and analyzed to death, and reading this for the first time didn't grab my attention.
But give him credit for getting the analysis correct. He goes a little easy on Halsey at Leyte in my opinion (he likes him), but otherwise he doesn't spare stupidity at all, on our side or theirs. His dissection of Pearl Harbor should be required reading in history courses. I think most kids grow up thinking we lost that battle; I did, until reading books like this (now I would probably argue the Japanese pilots killed constituted the worst tactical damage done). The afterwords on the major battles are the best part of this book by far.
Also, I didn't find the book to be that objectionable when it comes to race. He uses offensive language when referring to the Japanese, but he keeps it in context. He also keeps the tone from being jingoistic; patriotic, yes, especially for the admiration of courage under American arms, but never ignoring the idiotic things some of our leaders did for the sake of not smearing the flag.
Very worthwhile, and sufficiently revealing of the author's talent that I will now invest in the multi-volume work. In that sense alone, just to give you a glimpse of what to expect, it's well worth having.
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Best concise, single book history of WWII Naval War 14. Dezember 2004
Von J. Head - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
Admiral Morrison lived many of the events written of in his book. His telling of the tale is unequaled in any other single book, and is reflective of his much more extensive 15 volume set.

The research, the attention to detail and the commentary regarding the strategic and tactical importance of various battles and phases of the war at see is very well done indeed.

If the reader is not too familiar with the heroics, the savagery, the extents, or the sometimes very personal nature of war at sea , then The Two Ocean War is a must read. For that matter, for anyone wanting to get into the details of the epic warfare that raged at sea during World War II, start here. You will not be disappointed.
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