Aircraft Carriers at War: A Personal Retrospective of Korea, Vietnam, and the Soviet Confrontation

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Naval Institute Press, 2007 - History - 479 pages
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"Adm. James Holloway describes this book as a contemporary perspective of the events, decisions, and outcomes in the history of the Cold War - Korea, Vietnam, and the Soviet confrontation - that shaped today's U.S. Navy and its principal ships-of-the-line, the large-deck, nuclear-powered aircraft carriers. Without question, the admiral is exceptionally well qualified to write such an expansive history. As a carrier pilot in Korea, commander of the Seventh Fleet in Vietnam, Chief of Naval Operations in the mid-1970s, and then as a civilian presidential appointee to various investigative groups, Holloway was a prominent player in Cold War events."--BOOK JACKET.
  

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James Holloway brings us close to the smells, feel, and inner thoughts of a pilot flying off the heaving decks of the most capable of war machines, the Carrier. His memory sharpens as the moment intensifies. His description of the morning he had to sign for receipt of a tactical nuclear payload is riveting in its simplicity - Hemingway may have run with the bulls, Holloway rode with the capacity to destroy a city. Both draw the reader in with stark language. An excellent read for the historian or pilot putting together the puzzle of our involvement in Korea, a good companion to Brown's Dark Sky, Black Sea. 

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Excellent read. The book shows some evidence of topical construction with occasional repeated detail, but Adm. Holloway is an excellent writer. A gentleman throughout, he offers commentary without ... Read full review

Contents

The End of an Era
1
Reflections of a Campaigner
21
The Forgotten War
39
Naval Operations
58
Air Combat Tactics
85
Grand Finale
110
Tactical Nukes
131
The Pentagon a Seaplane Tender and Typhoons
146
Aircraft Carrier Program Manager
250
The Syrian Invasion of Jordan
272
Commander Seventh Fleet
287
Battle of Haiphong Harbor
308
The CeaseFire and Paris Accords
325
Chief of Naval Operations
338
Program Management
367
The Joint Chiefs of Staff
394

Vice Adm Hyman G Rickover
163
Full Speed Ahead
180
Vietnam
190
Fast Turnaround
214
Vietnam Redux
234
Elder Statesman
419
Past Is Prologue
438
Envoi
453
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