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Salt and steel : reflections of a submariner
Beach, Edward L. (Edward Latimer), 1918-2002.
Publication Information:
Annapolis, Md. : Naval Institute Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
xiii, 299 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Format :


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V63.B43 A3 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The author of "Run Silent, Run Deep" and "Around the World Submerged" relates the highlights of his career as a submariner, beginning in World War II with the Battle of Midway and culminating with his role as a consultant on the nuclear power program. 13 photos.

Author Notes

Edward L. Beach, the author of the bestselling novel "Run Silent, Run Deep", was cited for extraordinary heroism & conspicuous gallantry during submarine duty in World War II & enjoyed a brilliant naval career before his retirement in 1966. Since then he has enjoyed continued success as a writer. He lives in Washington, D.C.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

The latest volume by this outstanding American naval writer is both a collection of essays and the closest thing to autobiography Captain Beach is likely ever to give us. He writes with his usual freshness, grace, compassion, and well-informed opinions on his own life, his father's career, Admiral Rickover (who was indispensable to the nuclear propulsion program but impossible to deal with on the personal level) and the intrigues that cost him his promotion to rear admiral, and the role of the U.S. Navy in the twenty-first century, concerning which he also suggests reforms. Along the way, he tells anecdotes about his marriage of more than 50 years, his wartime service, the origins of several of his novels and of the characters in them, and the complexities of having the nuclear submarine Nautilus christened by Mamie Eisenhower. If this should be Beach's last book, it fittingly concludes his career as writer and seafarer. We can most sincerely say, "Sailor, rest your oar." --Roland Green