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The Cuban missile crisis, however, galvanized the Soviet leadership to construct a powerful blue-water fleet that within less than a decade began to challenge the United States for global maritime supremacy, even as its own ballistic missile boats posed a massive threat to U. While the Soviets enjoyed the luxury of building exclusively against the U. Confronting ever-growing Soviet sea power stretched U.
The abrupt decline and fall of the Soviet Union after led to another reappraisal of the importance, even necessity, of navies. The U. Navy now sails on the front line of defense against terrorism—a threat that confronts strategists with the greatest challenge yet to the ongoing relevance of maritime power.
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Power at Sea, Volume 3: A Violent Peace, by Lisle A. Rose
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Sort order. Aug 03, Jeff rated it liked it Shelves: history-military , history-cold-war. The third part of the Power at Sea trilogy, A Violent Peace is a real disappointment, given the quality of the first two books. The author ignores some of the more interesting small wars of the era. For example, he just dismisses the Grenada operation as a mess Grenada was a good example of the posts development of joint operations concepts.
Looking at this and the lessons learned by the US military would be useful for understanding the process by which the modern US The third part of the Power at Sea trilogy, A Violent Peace is a real disappointment, given the quality of the first two books. Looking at this and the lessons learned by the US military would be useful for understanding the process by which the modern US military developed.
The analysis of Korea and Vietnam are good, but rather disjointed, with the author flipping from one to the other, in a manner not always logical. The analysis of the Cuban Missile Crisis is a bit cursory, but that might be because I've done a lot of reading about Cuba lately. The real problems crop up in the last third of the book, where the author analyzes the post-Cold War Navy and the early years of the 21st century. Rather than keep the rationale, academic tone of the rest of the series, the author indulges in gratuitous attacks on the Bush Administration, dismissal of concerns about other rising naval competitors apparently, China is just bluffing when it threatens Taiwan and buys billions of dollars in modern naval hardware , and also seems to think that the threat from the Islamists is overblown.
All of these are worth debating. They may be accurate, they may not be. The problem is, when writing a history, it is a bad idea to try and write about ongoing events. If the author wants to write an analysis of current events, that's fine; it is just glaringly out of place in this work.
The best histories, in my opinion, have some distance from the people or events being analyzed. If one is too close to the events, passions of the moment will cloud one's objectivity, something that I think is critical for a good historian to have. The entire trilogy is still highly recommended; however, this book is definitely that weakest volume, in large part because it ceases to be an analysis of naval history and becomes more a political polemic. Apr 05, Nathan rated it it was ok.
Solid, but uninspired history written by a patriotic old salt who it just seems has a hankering for how things were back in his day. There are many comments and digs about how soft sailors are in the modern navy, and indeed in society as a whole Rated G.
Oct 31, Jennifer marked it as to-read Shelves: history , paperback. Military - General. Laura rated it liked it Aug 25, Philip Freidhoff rated it really liked it Mar 28, Manny Grizzaffi rated it really liked it May 20, Ron Kastner rated it really liked it Jun 29, Karen rated it liked it Feb 04, Jonathan rated it it was amazing Aug 11, Bill M. Randy Baker rated it really liked it Nov 08, Sep 05, Mac rated it it was amazing. Absolutely fabulous series that dispelled my notions that naval history was relatively mundane. Rose's series is, in my opinion, an absolute must read and the most authoritative work on this period.
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