Shield of the Republic The United States Navy in an Era of Cold War and Violent Peace, 1945-1962 by Michael Isenberg

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This is a very good hardcover with dust jacket. St. Martins Press First Edition 1993. This copy is very clean inside. The pages are still crisp and clean, free of markings. Illustrated maps inside front and back endpapers. The binding is tight and straight. Hardcover boards under jacket are also very good with only light shelf wear. The dust jacket is good, showing some shelf wear but overall good. Large hardcover, royal octavo or 7" x 10" with 948 pages including index.

Michael Isenberg has chronicles the historic institution of the United States Navy in this definitive work. The work is an account of the post World War ll naval history from the surrender of the Japanese and the 17 years following. The overarching themes of the book are the emergence of the 2 superpower nations between 1945 and 1962 and an examination of the technologies that brought down the curtain on the Mahanian age of sail. The book examines the Navy from the inside and out. Attention is paid to the acceleration of naval technologies from nuclear ballistic missile submarines to the missile-firing destroyer to the marvels of supersonic jet aircraft. Lavishly illustrated with historic photos and detailed maps which make this a complete and definitive history.

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