A Leader Born : The Life of Admiral John Sidney McCain, Pacific Carrier Commander. First Edition in dustjacket

By: McCAIN, John Sidney) GILBERT, Alton Keith.

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(McCAIN, John Sidney). GILBERT, Alton Keith. A Leader Born : The Life of Admiral John Sidney McCain, Pacific Carrier Commander. Philadelphia : Casemate, (2006). First Printing. Pp [i]-xiii,(1),1-274 + 16 pages of b&w photos. 8vo, dark-grey paper-covered boards, gilt lettering to spine.

Admiral John Sidney McCain (b. August 9, 1884, Teoc, Carroll County, Mississippi – d. September 6, 1945, Coronado, California).

Alton Keith Gilbert (b. ca 1930).

With a Foreword by his grandson, Senator John McCain.

"John S. 'Slew' McCain was an old-school sailor. Wiry, profane, a cusser and a gambler, he was also a pioneer in the hard-hitting naval tactics that brought Imperial Japan to its knees.

After rising through the blue water Navy, McCain switched to naval aviation in middle-age, as he espied the aircraft carrier as the future front-line of seaborne operations. After the Japanese verified this concept at Pearl Harbor, it was fortunate for America that men like McCain were fully prepared to reply in kind.

In 1942 McCain was made commander of all land-based aircraft during the epic campaign for Guadalcanal. Though he took his share of blame for the setbacks, he counterattacked with every means at his disposal, at one point of commandeering the planes of the crippled carriers Enterprise and Saratoga to reinforce U.S. strength for eventual victory.

Throughout World War II, McCain prioritized fighters and single-seat divebombers as the best weapons to directly attack the enemy. By the time American forces returned to the Philippines, McCain was leading a fast carrier task force under William 'Bull' Halsey. When asked what he thought about his carrier commander, Halsey replied, 'Not much more than my right arm.'

At the Philippines, Okinawa, and finally up to the very coastline of Japan, McCain's carrier group destroyed thousands of enemy planes and hundreds of ships with aggressive, swarming tactics. When the Empire formally surrendered on the battleship Missouri, McCain was in the first row of U.S. officers looking on.

After Japan surrendered on September 2, 1945, McCain flew back to his home in the U.S., and died in his bed the next day - perhaps from heart failure but more probably from exhaustion. His name has lived on, however, through his son, John S. McCain II, who became commander of U.S. naval forces in the Pacific, 1968-72, and his grandson, John S. McCain III, a carrier pilot whose gallantry became a great source of pride during the Vietnam War.

In this book, Alton Keith Gilbert has provided the first full biography of Admiral John 'Slew' McCain, as well as a fascinating accpount of U.S. carrier operations in the Pacific War. An unconventional warrior, McCain's career was marked by courage and innovation, as he emerged from World War II as one of Americas greatest combat leaders." - from the dj.

With a Foreword by his grandson, Senator John McCain.
Preface;
Introduction;

Chapters :
1. From Teoc to Tool Room;
2. The Great War;
3. Shore Duty;
4. Sea Duty;
5. Aviation;
6. Flag Rank; 7. War in the South Pacific;
8. Guadalcanal;
9. Return to Washington;
10. Deputy CNO;
11. The Fast Carriers;
12. The Philippines Campaign;
13. Slew Takes Over;
14. Heavy Hits;
15. Final Blows;
16. Command Performance;
17. Finale;
18. Respect and Affection.
With glossary, notes, bibliography and index.

Very good in unclipped dustjacket. 17.50

Title: A Leader Born : The Life of Admiral John Sidney McCain, Pacific Carrier Commander. First Edition in dustjacket

Author Name: McCAIN, John Sidney) GILBERT, Alton Keith.

Categories: 72,

Publisher: Casemate, Philadelphia , 1975, ISBN:1932033505: 1975

ISBN Number: 1932033505

ISBN Number 13: 9781932033502

Seller ID: 84657

Keywords: AVIATION WAR PACIFIC AIRCRAFT CARRIER FLEET ADMIRALS MILITARY NAVY USN BIOGRAPHY BIOGRAPHIES BIOGRAPHIES AMERICAN NAVAL HISTORY NAUTICAL,