The Fast Carriers: The Forging of an Air Navy

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Naval Institute Press, 1968 - History - 503 pages
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"Based on official records, personal interviews, private diaries, and an impressive array of published works, this classic study offers a complete record of the heated debates that took place over the concept of the fast carrier and the U.S. Navy's metamorphosis from a battleship-oriented to a carrier-centered fleet during World War II. The battle of the air admirals, such as Mitscher, Towers, Radford, and the Shermans, to gain control of the fleet from the battleship admirals, in the midst of war, is nowhere told more fully or with such an insider's grasp of personalities involved with the changing naval strategy." "Clark G. Reynolds's thorough analysis of fast carrier operations takes the reader from the war rooms in Washington to the flight decks in the Pacific with ease and excitement. It is his willingness to pass critical judgment on personalities and events, and his ability to communicate clearly the bureaucratic squabbles and the fight against the foreign enemy, that puts this book far above any other work in its field. Now, twenty-four years after its first publication, The Fast Carriers remains essential reading for naval professionals and historians - evidence of its strong scholarship and enduring value in the face of a naval strategy again in flux." "Illustrated with more than 90 photographs and completed with a dramatis personae, extensive appendixes, chapter notes, and bibliographic essay, this reprint introduces a new generation of readers to a frank and thoughtful study of the genesis of the carrier fleet."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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User Review  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

The gold standard of naval history as regards aircraft carrier warfare in the Pacific theatre. There is a useful level of technical uses of the ships, and good biographical sketches of the principal ... Read full review

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User Review  - jamespurcell - LibraryThing

Excellent book about the evolution of the fast carriers, the air navy and the men in command. For a 1968 edition, it is incitful about the flaws of 2 of the "heroes", Slew McCain and Bull Halsey ... Read full review


Fast Carriers 19221942
Weapon of Expediency 19421943
Mobilizing the Carrier Offensive

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Clark G. Reynolds, was professor emeritus of the College of Charleston in South Carolina. He is also the author of On the Warpath in the Pacific: Admiral Jocko Clark and the Fast Carriers and Admiral John H. Towers: The Struggle for Naval Air Supremacy, both published by the Naval Institute Press.

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