Battleship Arizona: An Illustrated History

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Naval Institute Press, 1991 - History - 404 pages
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The "Arizona's" story has never before been told in such rich personal detail. Using a technique that proved so successful in his book on the battleship "New Jersey, " Paul Stillwell draws on nearly one hundred interviews of former crewmen and countless official documents to present a complete history of the famous warship, from her keel-laying in 1914 onward. Without neglecting the ship's technical details, he focuses on the human aspects of the story, particularly of the experiences of the enlisted personel. Their recollections offer an important perspective of life on the "Arizona, " a way of life shared by all battleship sailors. Always insightful, often amusing, their stories give the reader a realistic picture of the U.S. Navy and its men during the 1920's and 1930's.

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This study of Pearl Harbor's most famous casualty is less a biography of a warship than a sympathetic profile of the crew and their activities. Military hardware buffs may be disappointed with the ... Read full review

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most people only read about the hour or so that the Arizona was under attack at Pearl Harbor in 1941. This book brilliantly fleshes out the rich history of the ship in the peaceful years before the war and her tragic end. Read full review

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Stillwell is the director of the history division of the U.S. Naval Institute in Annapolis, Maryland. He is a highly respected naval historian.

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