Title:Carrier Wars : Naval Aviation from World War II to the Persian Gulf. First Edition in dustjacket
Publisher:  McGraw-Hill, New York, 1989, 1989
ISBN Number: 0070306257 / 9780070306257
Seller ID: 54981
HOYT, Edwin P. Carrier Wars : Naval Aviation from World War II to the Persian Gulf. New York : McGraw-Hill, (1989). First Printing. Pp (4),v-x,1-274,(4) + 16 pages of b&w photos. 8vo, blue cloth spine with grey paper-covered boards, metallic red lettering to spine. Edwin Palmer Hoyt (b. August 5, 1923, Portland, Oregon - d. July 29, 2005, Tokyo, Japan) military and naval historian.
"Here is the story of the dramatic role played by aircraft carriers in historic battles and maneuvers from the start of World War II to current encounters in the Persian Gulf. Spanning fifty years, this colorful chronicle is drawn from a wealth of previously untapped sources including accounts from American, European, and Japanese archives. Fast-paced battle stories - recreating behind-the-scenes actions as well as gripping combat sequences - are highlighted by sharp eyewitness accounts.
Noted military historian Edwin P. Hoyt describes the naval preparations that set the stage for World War II; how Japan's early lead in carrier strategy was undermined as early as Pearl Harbor, subsequently at Midway, and finally by inferior pilot training and manufacturing capacity; how the undervalued escort carrier sealed the fate of the German U-boat; how the powerful American fleet was nearly undone by the desperately heroic kamikazes; and how carrier warfare nas evolved in recent decades, contributing to engagements in Korea, Indochina, the Falklands, and the Middle East.
Here, brought vividly to life, are the triumphs and tragedies of important battles, the strategies of admirals both great and weak, the politics that so often charted battle plans, and the valiant efforts of sailors and pilots aboard these historic vessels. Once again, Edwin Hoyt achieves a vital and perceptive work of popular history." - from the dust jacket.
Chapters include: 1. Opening Guns; 2. Carriers at Risk; 3. The Sinking of the Ark Royal; 4. Admiral Yamamoto's Strike; 5. The Lonely Ship [the USS Langley, a collier coverted to a carrier in 1918]; 6. The Japanese Score Once More; 7. The Japanese Tide Slackens; 8. Midway; 9. Attrition; 10. South Pacific; 11. The Modern U.S. Carrier; 12. The Marianas Turkey Shoot; 13. The Air Battle of the Philippines; 14. The Battle of Formosa; 15. The Battle of Surigao Strait; 16. The Battle of San Bernardino Strait; 17. The End of the Japanese Fleet; 18. New Carrier Strategy; 19.The Korean War; 20. Old World vs. New World; 21. Vietnam and Recent Brush Fires. With notes, bibliography, and index.
Very good in rubbed and price-clipped dustjacket. 20.00