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American naval history : a guide
Coletta, Paolo Enrico, 1916-
Second edition.
Publication Information:
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, [2000]

Physical Description:
xvii, 935 pages ; 23 cm
General Note:
Rev. ed. of: A selected and annotated bibliography of American naval history. c1988.

Includes indexes.
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From its hasty and urgent creation during the American Revolution through periods of relative neglect, the United States Navy has maintained an important role in the security of the United States, and has been involved in many of its crucial historical events. American Naval History: A Guide pays attention to diplomacy, maritime issues, aviation, geography, scientific and technological advancements, and other historical disciplines. It also has entries on the naval histories of America's closest allies and enemies. A first edition of the book was printed by University Press of America as An Annotated and Selected Bibliography of American Naval History (1988). Vast changes have occurred since that time. Titles dealing with the development of sea power in the ancient and medieval world have been omitted. Instead, the book has modernized its listings by including titles from the last years of the Reagan presidency, George Bush's presidency, and the first two years of Bill Clinton's presidency. The list of periodicals has been expanded and revised considerably. Additionally, the titles now contain useful abbreviations that detail whether the texts include maps, diagrams, illustrations, glossaries, and appendixes.

Author Notes

Paolo E. Coletta has had two careers--one academic, one naval. He was awarded a B.S. in Education, M.A., and Ph.D. degrees by the University of Missouri (Columbia, 1938-1942) and taught at his alma mater from 1940-1942. He taught at Stephens College, in the same city, until he received a direct commission in the U.S. Naval Reserve in March 1943. After World War II he taught briefly at South Dakota State College, the University of Louisville, Kentucky, and then for thirty-seven years at the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland. Mr. Coletta rejoined the Naval Reserve in 1951, serving four years as the operations officer of a Naval Reserve Surface Division, and taught graduate courses at the Naval Reserve Officers School for seventeen years. He retired from the reserve in 1973 with the grade of captain, and from the Academy in 1983 as a Distinguished Meritorious Professor.

Table of Contents

Abbreviationsp. ix
Periodicalsp. xi
Prefacep. xv
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
1. Bibliographic Aids and Reference Sources
A. Generalp. 1
B. Ships and Aircraftp. 24
C. Chronologies, Dictionaries, Encyclopediasp. 46
D. Naval Termsp. 53
E. Maps and Battle Diagramsp. 56
F. Personnel Directoriesp. 58
G. Films, Videos, Audio Cassettes, and Museum Displaysp. 60
H. Transcripts of Oral Interviewsp. 62
I. Fiction and Literaturep. 63
2. Concepts and Definitionsp. 65
3. Ships, Colonies, and Wars, 1689-1776p. 69
4. Sea Power in the Revolutionary Warp. 81
5. A Chip on the European War Table, 1783-1815p. 123
6. The U.S. Navy at Peace and War, 1815-1861p. 155
7. Naval Power in the Civil War, 1861-1865p. 173
8. The Post-Civil War Denouement and the Rise of the New Navy, 1865-1898p. 217
9. The Spanish-American War, Philippine Insurrection, and Boxer Rebellionp. 229
10. The U.S. Navy Comes of Age, 1898-1914p. 239
11. Naval Power and World War I: Europe, 1914-1917p. 253
12. The U.S. Navy in World War I, 1917-1919p. 267
13. Naval Disarmament and Rearmament, 1918-1941p. 281
14. The Coming of World War IIp. 321
15. World War II in Atlantic Waters, September 1939-December 1941p. 337
16. The U.S. Navy in World War II: Atlantic Theater
A. Generalp. 355
B. Northern Europep. 385
C. The Mediterraneanp. 397
D. Battle of the Atlanticp. 404
17. The U.S. Navy in World War II: Pacific Theater. Part I, From Pearl Harbor to Guadalcanal
A. Generalp. 421
B. Pearl Harborp. 436
C. Wake, Guam, and the Loss of the Southern Resources Areap. 449
D. Early Allied Carrier Raids and the Battle of the Coral Seap. 457
E. Battle of Midwayp. 459
F. The Aleutiansp. 464
18. The U.S. Navy in World War II: Pacific Theater. Part II, The Campaign against Rabaulp. 467
19. The U.S. Navy in World War II: Pacific Theater. Part III, The Dual Advance and End of the Japanese Empire
A. Generalp. 477
B. Submarine Warfarep. 500
20. The Cold War and American Defense Reorganization, 1945-1950p. 507
21. Korea and Continued Communist Containment, 1950-1961p. 537
22. Kennedy, Johnson, and Sea Power in the 1960s and 1970sp. 555
23. The Challenge of the Soviet Navy, and the U.S. Navy's Forward Maritime Strategyp. 583
24. Sea Power for the 1980sp. 597
25. Reagan and the Rearming of Americap. 619
26. Reagan and Nuclear Weapons: START, SDI, and SALT without SALTp. 647
27. To Russia with Love: The Bush Administration and the First Term of William Clintonp. 673
Special Topics
A. Amphibious Operationsp. 709
B. Aviationp. 714
C. Decorations and Awardsp. 742
D. Education, Ethics, and Leadershipp. 744
E. Family Life, Retirement, Widowsp. 756
F. Ceremonies, Drills, and Traditionsp. 760
G. Intelligence and Counterintelligencep. 761
H. Insurgency and Counterinsurgencyp. 773
I. Logisticsp. 774
J. Maritime Lawp. 788
K. Merchant Marinep. 792
L. Mine Warfarep. 797
M. Minoritiesp. 799
N. Navigationp. 802
O. Ocean Sciencep. 806
P. Ordnancep. 810
Q. Reserve Forcesp. 818
R. Special Unitsp. 819
S. Strategy, Tactics, and War Gamesp. 823
T. Terrorism and Antiterrorismp. 836
U. Uniforms, Badges, and Insigniap. 840
V. Women in the Navyp. 842
W. Religionp. 853
X. Music and Artp. 855
Y. Physical Fitnessp. 858
Z. Poetryp. 858
Personal Author Indexp. 861
Subject Indexp. 919
About the Authorp. 935