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Aircraft Carrier Story 1908-1945 Hardcover – 13 Sep 2001

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Cassell; First Edition edition (13 Sept. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0304353086
  • ISBN-13: 978-0304353088
  • Product Dimensions: 28.1 x 22.6 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,028,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The full developmental and operational history of the aircraft carrier to the end of the Second World War.

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Guy Robbins was born in Kent. He is a naval and military historian and researcher, until recently attached to one of Britain's leading military archives, and now writing full time from a new home in Calais, Maine in the USA.

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Although the Royal Navy had set up institutions to study and develop aviation as early as 1908, progress was somewhat unsteady because of early uncertainties about the right path to follow, the creation of the Royal Air Force in 1918, and suspicions about forming a naval air arm that would have separatist tendencies. Read the first page
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hugh McPhilemy on 25 Aug. 2009
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Anyone buying this book, expecting a combat history of the aircraft carrier will be sadly dissapointed. Instead of a combat history it is a treatise on the development of these vessels from naval curiosity to mobile airfield.It gives practically no combat information and I have a feeling that the author is not too sure, when he wanders from the theory to the practice. Only one chapter is devoted to combat operations & these are in the Pacific theatre only. Even then,there are several errors i.e mistaking the Japanese Shokaku for the Shoho at Coral Sea. Perhaps a more appropriate title for this book would be "The Political Development & Theoretical Uses of The Aircraft Carrier".
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By 2jamie on 6 Jun. 2007
Format: Hardcover
I was very dissappointed by this book. There is a wealth of detailed information here but it is poorly ordered and organised with too much repition. The individual threads are incredibly lacking in context, with the roles of many key protagonists outside of aviation development are simply inferred (Jellicoe, Beatie, Mitchell...). The use of (well researched) photos is extremely distracting, they are inserted in the text (rather than centre mounted) but never appear on relevant pages. Reading about Japanese conversions, whilst perpetually flicking backwords in the text to view them was unecessarily irritating...

When compared to the structural quality of other naval texts (N.A.M. Rodgers books have set the bar very high -- awaiting his book on this era...) this was a let down.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
nice book but .. 6 Dec. 2004
By utente - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
.. i didn't like the way it's organized. for each major navy (US,UK and Japan), the author writes the story of the evolution of its own carrier project. so the reader goes into the 20s, the 30s and the 40s three times. i'd have probably liked a more time-based approach, maybe with sidebars or other ways of diving into each navy peculiarities, instead.
anyway, the book is very interesting and explains very well the trial and error process that generated the carriers that fought WWII. i'd like to read a follow-up to this book, going from 1945 to present time.
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