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Jack Sweetman

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Jack Sweetman, USA, “is the author, coauthor, translator, editor or coeditor of ten books and many shorter pieces in the field of naval and military history. He served as a company commander in the U.S. Army and was a Ford Fellow at Emory University, where he earned his Ph. D. For many years contributing editor of Naval History magazine, he is a recipient of the Alfred Thayer Mahan Award for Literary Achievement and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.”

Jack Sweetman is the author of American Naval History: An Illustrated Chronology of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, 1775-Present;  The Great Admirals: Command at Sea, 1587-1945; The Landing at Veracruz: 1914 The First Complete Chronicle of a Strange Encounter in April,1914; Great Sea Battles of World War II; and, Flags Into Battle.  He is a co-author of The U.S. Naval Academy: An Illustrated History and Leathernecks: An Illustrated History of the United States Marine Corps.  He is the editor of Great American Naval Battles.

 

Publisher’s Weekly said of Leathernecks: An Illustrated History of the United States Marine Corps, “Bartlett and Sweetman, respected authorities on naval and Marine Corps history, collaborate on a significantly updated version of The U.S. Marine Corps: An Illustrated History. Owners of that volume need not shy away from this one. The illustrations in particular have been overhauled, incorporating many new photos and prints from unfamiliar sources. The text adds a final chapter perceptively analyzing the corps's spectrum of contributions to the war on terror, from peacekeeping operations in Africa to pitched battles in Iraq and Afghanistan. The authors' treatment of the two battles for Fallujah merit particular attention. Newcomers will find even more useful the initial chapter, a survey of marine forces since antiquity, and the body of the text, which surveys the U.S. Marines' protean history. The book, and the Corps it celebrates, are best defined by a photo: this candid shot, taken during the battle for Okinawa, shows two men of the 29th Marines sleeping, an Okinawan orphan cuddled safely between them in their fighting hole.”

 

According to the book description of American Naval History: An Illustrated Chronology of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, 1775-Present, “This indispensable reference provides concise, year-to-year summaries of events in the history of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps from the Revolution onward. Nearly encyclopedic in coverage and supported by well over two hundred illustrations and four indexes, it gives readers immediate access to a wealth of material. Compiled and updated by a longtime professor of naval history at the U.S. Naval Academy, the popular chronology is much more than a simple catalog of naval facts. Jack Sweetman explains the consequences of major events and, when appropriate, provides a series of entries to show stages of development and give a sense of continuity.

 

This new third edition, the first update since 1991, adds information on the decade from the Gulf War through the turn of the century, a period that included nuclear weapons reductions and the end of the Cold War, but also saw a focus on littoral warfare, the growing role of women in uniform, strikes on Iraq, intervention in Somalia, the air war with Yugoslavia, the attack on the USS Cole, and finally the war in Afghanistan. The revised chronology is available in hardcover and is also being offered in a paperback edition for the first time.

 

One reader of The Great Admirals: Command at Sea, 1587-1945 said, “Francis Drake, Maarten Harpertzoon Tromp, Horatio Nelson, David Glasgow Farragut, Heihachiro Togo and more! The book not only has 19 chapters, each dealing with a great Admiral of one of the world's navies, but also there 6 survey chapters, which tell you about changes in ships, weapons and tactics to allow you to be kept up-to-date with the changes in naval warfare as you follow along with the greats, from Drake's expeditions to the battles in the Pacific during World War Two. If you liked this book, I would also suggest; Every Man Will Do His Duty: An Anthology of Firsthand Accounts From the Age of Nelson, 1793-1815. Edited by Dean King with John B. Hattendorf.”


The U.S. Naval Academy: An Illustrated History
Jack Sweetman  More Info

American Naval History: An Illustrated Chronology of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, 1775-Present
Jack Sweetman  More Info

The Great Admirals: Command at Sea, 1587-1945
US Naval Institute Press  More Info

Leathernecks: An Illustrated History of the United States Marine Corps
Merrill L. Bartlett  More Info
The Landing at Veracruz: 1914 The First Complete Chronicle of a Strange Encounter in April,1914(U.S. Navy captured Mexican...
Jack Sweetman  More Info
GREAT SEA BATTLES OF WORLD WAR II
Jack Sweetman  More Info

Great American Naval Battles
Naval Institute Press  More Info
Flags Into Battle
Jack Sweetman Michael Casey  More Info

One reader of The U.S. Naval Academy: An Illustrated History said, “When I ordered this book back in 1995, I wanted to know more than the history of the US Naval Academy. The Academy's alumni are a Who’s Who in American military leadership and command presence. I only wished I had attended Annapolis. Anyone who loves our service academies should not miss the opportunity to buy this wonderful book.”

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