Today s sailors have too little appreciation of their heritage To counter this problem, Thomas J Cutler has compiled a history of our naval heritage in the form of A Sailor s History of the U.S Navy The work is unique in two important ways First, it is written thematically rather than chronologically This allows recent history to be blended with distant but important events in ways that will reinforce the timelessness as well as the timeliness of the U.S Navy, thereby having a greater appeal to today s sailor There are a number of themes being used the most obvious are manifested in chapters with the themes of honor, courage, and commitment, but others serve as useful vehicles as well for example, there is a chapter called What s in a Name that briefly discusses how ships have been are named and then uses the many ships that have carried the name Enterprise as the theme for presenting significant portions of the Navy s history.The other unique characteristic of this history is that it focuses wherever possible on the roles of ALL sailors rather than just the officers That is not to say that Jones and Decatur are not there, but that the emphasis is along the lines of the crew of the Bon Homme Richard fought on into the night rather than Jones fought Also, there are plenty of individual sailor heroes who can stand alongside the Perrys and the Farraguts Boatswain s Mate First Class Williams who won the Medal of Honor in Vietnam, Dorie Miller of Pearl Harbor fame, Gunner s Mate Third Class Paul Henry Carr at the battle off Samar, etc Some emphasis upon what it was like to be a sailor working and living conditions at different times is included as well....
|Title||:||A Sailor's History of the U.S. Navy|
|Publisher||:||Naval Institute Press January 15, 2005|
|Number of Pages||:||224 pages|
|File Size||:||868 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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A Sailor's History of the U.S. Navy Reviews
This book is good for ANYONE to read. It has a great pace with short stories that all describe an attribute attributed to US Navy Sailors. The stories are incredible and quick to read. I got this for myself and will be purchasing another for a potential sailor!
In each account of a battle or major event in the history of the Navy, Cutler generally tells it from the viewpoint of a particular sailor. As the historical facts unfold and a battle looms, you can feel the sweat and fear and courage of that sailor. It's almost as if you're in his place facing possible death. It is obvious that Cutler is a dedicated and loyal US Navy man, but he is not above giving our adversaries credit where credit is due. By not sugarcoating our defeats, it makes our victories that much sweeter.
Ever read a book and was so sad that it ended? I am a retired sailor who loves the navy. Wish I could do it again. This work took a lot of time and research, well written. Couldn't put it down, like I was there. Looking forward to another great naval work. Thanks.
Haven't read the whole book just yet as i just got it. But i can say that so far what i have read is extremely good and we'll written. This is a perfect book for the lovers of all things US Navy.
Great read with lots of history I didn't learn while I was in the Navy. A must read for past, present, or future sailors.
I'M SURE A LOT OF RESEARCH WENT INTO THE BOOK. I'M RETIRED HAVING SERVED TWENTY TWO YEARS, SO I KNOW A LOT ABOUT BEING A SAILOR. THIS IS A GIFT SO THE LACK OF PICTURES DEPICTING A SAILORS LIFE AND HISTORY KIND OF DETRACTS.
I bought the book for my dad who is retired Navy. He really enjoyed the book because it brought back a lot of memories of his 30 years of service in the Navy. He also told me that it also helped him understand some of the things that he had observed personally while in the navy. It was really interesting for me as I never served in the navy.