World War II at Sea: A Global History

World War II at Sea: A Global History

Author of Lincoln and His Admirals (winner of the Lincoln Prize), The Battle of Midway (Best Book of the Year, Military History Quarterly), and Operation Neptune (winner of the Samuel Eliot Morison Award for Naval Literature), Craig L. Symonds ranks among the country's finest naval historians. World War II at Sea is his crowning achievement, a narrative of the entire war a Author of Lincoln and His Admirals (winner of the Lincoln Prize), The Battle of Midway (Best Book of the Year, Military H...

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Title:World War II at Sea: A Global History
Author:Craig L. Symonds
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Genres:History
ISBN:World War II at Sea: A Global History
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:770 pages pages

World War II at Sea: A Global History Reviews

  • Susan Liston
    Sep 13, 2018
    With war history I tend to gravitate towards personal stories or accounts of individual episodes, because military strategy and maneuvering tends to go over my simple little head. Or I am just too lazy to really concentrate on understanding it. No problems here. This book takes an enor...
  • Al
    Sep 11, 2018
    Craig Symonds, a lifelong Navy man, might be considered somewhat partial his own Service, but that partiality doesn't dim the brilliance of his survey of the crucial role played by Allied naval forces in World War II. He argues forcefully and persuasively that Allied naval superiority...
  • Matt
    Jul 09, 2018
    ?As if a giant hammer had smashed down on her amidships, the Hood broke in half, her bow jackknifing upward to a forty-five-degree angle while flames and smoke soared into the sky. Watching from the Bismarck, [Captain] Lindemann?s adjutant, Burkard Mullenheim-Rechberg, recalled see...
  • Jeff Dow
    May 16, 2018
    A good survey of the war at sea...a surprisingly fast read for such a heavy topic ...
  • Hank Quense
    Oct 03, 2018
    An excellent, easy-to-read history of naval warfare in WWII. It describes battles and strategy from all sides. It's also filled with little-known but fascinating details. For instance, some allied battles had to be postponed or even cancelled because of the lack of landing ships. The a...
  • Doug Cornelius
    Feb 28, 2018
    I try to keep looking for ways to interact with my kids in new ways. My son loves reading about military history, so I though I would add a book on that topic to my reading list. Reading it together would give us more things to talk about. Oxford University Press was kind enough to ...
  • Mike
    Aug 03, 2018
    I love WWII history and this was a refreshing take. It is well written and flows nicely. ...
  • Steve
    Jun 16, 2018
    A great and interesting read on naval battles fought in the Atlantic, Pacific, and the Mediterranean during World War II. ...
  • Sean Chick
    Sep 26, 2018
    A massive synthesis of the emerging interpretation of naval warfare in World War II, more a narrative than an analysis, but not without insights. In particular, Symonds spends a decent amount of the book on logistics, ship construction, and amphibious warfare tactics. Not enough bore b...
  • Lou
    May 31, 2018
    i enjoyed reading about WW II but mostly land battles, i.e. Iwo Jima, Okinawa, but anyone interested in the War at Sea this is a good book. Mr. Symonds does a fabulous job detailing the sea battles, i.e. the Battle of Midway, Battle of Leyte Gulf, the Navy's part in the landings at Oki...
  • Joe Mahoney
    Oct 07, 2018
    A thorough review of military naval activity from all the major players of World War Two from the beginning of the conflict to the end. Symonds concisely serves up a massive amount of information in an engrossing and informative fashion, a testament both to his ability as a writer and ...
  • Gregory Pennington
    Sep 29, 2018
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  • William Nist
    Sep 26, 2018
    A wonderfully readable magnum opus on the navel history (British, German, Japanese, Italian and American) of the Second World War. Very helpful maps and photographs add to the enjoyment of this work. I found the analysis of the importance of submarines, esp German U boats interesting, ...
  • David
    Jul 11, 2018
    I received this book through a FirstReads giveaway on GoodReads. This well written single volume history of the naval campaigns of World War II begins with the author setting the stage for the global naval situation prior to the 1939 in the prologue and covering all naval actions of...
  • Denise
    May 30, 2018
    A book for people serious about history (not just with a casual interest) but still very readable. ...
  • Christian
    Jun 25, 2018
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  • Nooilforpacifists
    Oct 15, 2018
    Smooth, well-written chronological summary of the naval aspects for War II. Not surprisingly, Symonds takes the view that it wasn?t the bomb, nor code-breaking, nor radar that won the war: each of those explanations has been advanced in diverse books. Rather, it was U.S. technologica...
  • Earl
    Aug 17, 2018
    World War II at Sea from Craig Symonds is a comprehensive (not exhaustive) history of the naval war in its entirety told chronologically. In other words, a section about the North Atlantic will be followed by a section on the Pacific if there were events that occurred simultaneously or...
  • Peter Goodman
    Aug 12, 2018
    ?World War II at Sea: a global history,? by Craig L. Symonds (Oxford, 2018). Yep, that?s what it is. Symonds was chair of the department of naval history at the US Naval Academy, where he is currently distinguished professor of maritime history. He carries his erudition lightly. ...
  • Brian Asalone
    Jul 25, 2018
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  • Richard Kratz
    Jul 26, 2018
    Logistics wins wars, and this book made the topic interesting It is rare to see a WWII history that so clearly shows how all of the pieces of a nation's capabilities, industrial, political as well as military, work together. The author has made this subject into a page turning book ...
  • Kenneth E Lanham
    Aug 09, 2018
    Excellent Single Volume History Of The War At Sea Notable for expansive treatment of the Italian Navy. There has to be limits to inclusiveness if the book is to remain a single volume. However areas that could have deserved more coverage include the fighting in the Indian Ocean, the...
  • Peter L
    May 29, 2018
    WW II at Sea: a full account of the global Naval history of WW2 Craig Symonds recounts all major battles at sea in WW II. He tells a little of character of all the major figures & goes on write about important happenings & relates important information not found elsewhere. I...
  • Grouchy Historian
    May 10, 2018
    Absolutely magnificent. A single volume history of the naval campaigns of World War 2 that has just enough detail. What makes this book really stand out is how the author ties together the world-wide nature of the naval campaign, something rarely done well an any history of World War 2...
  • Billie
    May 22, 2018
    This well written book covers the naval war of World War II between the years 1939 and 1945. It offers a global perspective of the major engagements. The author expertly tells about the mechanics of warfare on the sea and explains about the nature of the war. The entire naval history o...
  • Steve
    Jun 17, 2018
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  • David Shaffer
    Sep 07, 2018
    Craig Symonds did the impossible, he synthesized a cogent, readable insightful and relatively short at a little over 600 pages of text, on the world wide naval aspects of World War Two. A masterpiece which contributes a scholarly naval history of the war. I encourage those to read who ...
  • James D
    Jun 25, 2018
    Outstanding effort. Time well spent ...
  • Nazia
    Aug 12, 2018
    a very informative book which gives information about the global history WW-II in the sea. ...
  • Blazej
    Sep 03, 2018
    Informative, detailed and well written. ...