World War II at Sea: A Global History

World War II at Sea: A Global History

Author of Lincoln and His Admirals (winner of the Lincoln Prize), The Battle of Midway (Best Book of the Year, Military History Quarterly), and Operation Neptune (winner of the Samuel Eliot Morison Award for Naval Literature), Craig L. Symonds ranks among the country's finest naval historians. World War II at Sea is his crowning achievement, a narrative of the entire war a Author of Lincoln and His Admirals (winner of the Lincoln Prize), The Battle of Midway (Best Book of the Year, Military H...

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Title:World War II at Sea: A Global History
Author:Craig L. Symonds
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Number of Pages:770 pages pages

World War II at Sea: A Global History Reviews

  • Susan Liston
    Sep 13, 2018

    ?As if a giant hammer had smashed down on her amidships, the Hood broke in half, her bow jackknifing upward to a forty-five-degree angle while flames and smoke soared into the sky. Watching from the Bismarck, [Captain] Lindemann?s adjutant, Burkard Mullenheim-Rechberg, recalled see...

    With this volume, Dr. Symonds once again proves he is one of the best naval historians currently writing. In this narrative, he takes the reader through WWII at sea from the sinking of the British battleship HMS Royal Oak by a U-Boat at Scapa Flow in the beginning days of the war throu...

    WWII is not an a subject for which I have much enthusiasm. Blame it on all those WWII movies I watched as a kid and then add the History Channel, at least while it still carried history programming, and I guess I have just OD'd on the subject. Nevertheless, there are good histories ava...

    Smooth, well-written chronological summary of the naval aspects of War II. Not surprisingly, Symonds contends it wasn?t the bomb, nor code-breaking, nor radar that won the war: each of those explanations has been advanced in diverse books. Rather, it was U.S. technological prowess in...

    I try to keep looking for ways to interact with my kids in new ways. My son loves reading about military history, so I though I would add a book on that topic to my reading list. Reading it together would give us more things to talk about. Oxford University Press was kind enough to ...

    A massive synthesis of the emerging interpretations of naval warfare in World War II, more a narrative than an analysis, but not without insights. In particular, Symonds spends a decent amount of the book on logistics, ship construction, and amphibious warfare tactics. Not enough to bo...

    A good survey of the war at sea...a surprisingly fast read for such a heavy topic ...

    This well written book covers the naval war of World War II between the years 1939 and 1945. It offers a global perspective of the major engagements. The author expertly tells about the mechanics of warfare on the sea and explains about the nature of the war. The entire naval history o...

    ?World War II at Sea: a global history,? by Craig L. Symonds (Oxford, 2018). Yep, that?s what it is. Symonds was chair of the department of naval history at the US Naval Academy, where he is currently distinguished professor of maritime history. He carries his erudition lightly. ...

    World War II at Sea from Craig Symonds is a comprehensive (not exhaustive) history of the naval war in its entirety told chronologically. In other words, a section about the North Atlantic will be followed by a section on the Pacific if there were events that occurred simultaneously or...

    A global naval history of World War II, correlating events and developments across the globe over the course of the war while focussing the narrative on the war at sea, in all its many permutations. Most naval histories of World War II isolate themselves to particular battles, campaign...

    This was just excellent. I have read other WWII naval books that focused just on the Pacific or the North Atlantic, but as the author notes, it was hard to find a global overview to put everything in context. I thought he did an excellent job of staying focused on the naval warfare,...

    Craig Symonds, a lifelong Navy man, might be considered somewhat partial his own Service, but that partiality doesn't dim the brilliance of his survey of the crucial role played by Allied naval forces in World War II. He argues forcefully and persuasively that Allied naval superiority...

    A wonderfully readable magnum opus on the navel history (British, German, Japanese, Italian and American) of the Second World War. Very helpful maps and photographs add to the enjoyment of this work. I found the analysis of the importance of submarines, esp German U boats interesting, ...

    I received this book through a FirstReads giveaway on GoodReads. This well written single volume history of the naval campaigns of World War II begins with the author setting the stage for the global naval situation prior to the 1939 in the prologue and covering all naval actions of...

    A thorough review of military naval activity from all the major players of World War Two from the beginning of the conflict to the end. Symonds concisely serves up a massive amount of information in an engrossing and informative fashion, a testament both to his ability as a writer and ...

    Solid one-volume history that balances strategic analysis and the individual narrative nicely. Only gripe is the editing, which was very poor. Any ambitious history book has mistakes; but consistent errors in naval-specific issues is a bad look for a naval historian. The R-class battle...

    With war history I tend to gravitate towards personal stories or accounts of individual episodes, because military strategy and maneuvering tends to go over my simple little head. Or I am just too lazy to really concentrate on understanding it. No problems here. This book takes an enor...

  • Al
    Sep 11, 2018

    ?As if a giant hammer had smashed down on her amidships, the Hood broke in half, her bow jackknifing upward to a forty-five-degree angle while flames and smoke soared into the sky. Watching from the Bismarck, [Captain] Lindemann?s adjutant, Burkard Mullenheim-Rechberg, recalled see...

    With this volume, Dr. Symonds once again proves he is one of the best naval historians currently writing. In this narrative, he takes the reader through WWII at sea from the sinking of the British battleship HMS Royal Oak by a U-Boat at Scapa Flow in the beginning days of the war throu...

    WWII is not an a subject for which I have much enthusiasm. Blame it on all those WWII movies I watched as a kid and then add the History Channel, at least while it still carried history programming, and I guess I have just OD'd on the subject. Nevertheless, there are good histories ava...

    Smooth, well-written chronological summary of the naval aspects of War II. Not surprisingly, Symonds contends it wasn?t the bomb, nor code-breaking, nor radar that won the war: each of those explanations has been advanced in diverse books. Rather, it was U.S. technological prowess in...

    I try to keep looking for ways to interact with my kids in new ways. My son loves reading about military history, so I though I would add a book on that topic to my reading list. Reading it together would give us more things to talk about. Oxford University Press was kind enough to ...

    A massive synthesis of the emerging interpretations of naval warfare in World War II, more a narrative than an analysis, but not without insights. In particular, Symonds spends a decent amount of the book on logistics, ship construction, and amphibious warfare tactics. Not enough to bo...

    A good survey of the war at sea...a surprisingly fast read for such a heavy topic ...

    This well written book covers the naval war of World War II between the years 1939 and 1945. It offers a global perspective of the major engagements. The author expertly tells about the mechanics of warfare on the sea and explains about the nature of the war. The entire naval history o...

    ?World War II at Sea: a global history,? by Craig L. Symonds (Oxford, 2018). Yep, that?s what it is. Symonds was chair of the department of naval history at the US Naval Academy, where he is currently distinguished professor of maritime history. He carries his erudition lightly. ...

    World War II at Sea from Craig Symonds is a comprehensive (not exhaustive) history of the naval war in its entirety told chronologically. In other words, a section about the North Atlantic will be followed by a section on the Pacific if there were events that occurred simultaneously or...

    A global naval history of World War II, correlating events and developments across the globe over the course of the war while focussing the narrative on the war at sea, in all its many permutations. Most naval histories of World War II isolate themselves to particular battles, campaign...

    This was just excellent. I have read other WWII naval books that focused just on the Pacific or the North Atlantic, but as the author notes, it was hard to find a global overview to put everything in context. I thought he did an excellent job of staying focused on the naval warfare,...

    Craig Symonds, a lifelong Navy man, might be considered somewhat partial his own Service, but that partiality doesn't dim the brilliance of his survey of the crucial role played by Allied naval forces in World War II. He argues forcefully and persuasively that Allied naval superiority...

  • Patrick
    Dec 17, 2018

    ?As if a giant hammer had smashed down on her amidships, the Hood broke in half, her bow jackknifing upward to a forty-five-degree angle while flames and smoke soared into the sky. Watching from the Bismarck, [Captain] Lindemann?s adjutant, Burkard Mullenheim-Rechberg, recalled see...

    With this volume, Dr. Symonds once again proves he is one of the best naval historians currently writing. In this narrative, he takes the reader through WWII at sea from the sinking of the British battleship HMS Royal Oak by a U-Boat at Scapa Flow in the beginning days of the war throu...

    WWII is not an a subject for which I have much enthusiasm. Blame it on all those WWII movies I watched as a kid and then add the History Channel, at least while it still carried history programming, and I guess I have just OD'd on the subject. Nevertheless, there are good histories ava...

    Smooth, well-written chronological summary of the naval aspects of War II. Not surprisingly, Symonds contends it wasn?t the bomb, nor code-breaking, nor radar that won the war: each of those explanations has been advanced in diverse books. Rather, it was U.S. technological prowess in...

    I try to keep looking for ways to interact with my kids in new ways. My son loves reading about military history, so I though I would add a book on that topic to my reading list. Reading it together would give us more things to talk about. Oxford University Press was kind enough to ...

    A massive synthesis of the emerging interpretations of naval warfare in World War II, more a narrative than an analysis, but not without insights. In particular, Symonds spends a decent amount of the book on logistics, ship construction, and amphibious warfare tactics. Not enough to bo...

    A good survey of the war at sea...a surprisingly fast read for such a heavy topic ...

    This well written book covers the naval war of World War II between the years 1939 and 1945. It offers a global perspective of the major engagements. The author expertly tells about the mechanics of warfare on the sea and explains about the nature of the war. The entire naval history o...

    ?World War II at Sea: a global history,? by Craig L. Symonds (Oxford, 2018). Yep, that?s what it is. Symonds was chair of the department of naval history at the US Naval Academy, where he is currently distinguished professor of maritime history. He carries his erudition lightly. ...

    World War II at Sea from Craig Symonds is a comprehensive (not exhaustive) history of the naval war in its entirety told chronologically. In other words, a section about the North Atlantic will be followed by a section on the Pacific if there were events that occurred simultaneously or...

    A global naval history of World War II, correlating events and developments across the globe over the course of the war while focussing the narrative on the war at sea, in all its many permutations. Most naval histories of World War II isolate themselves to particular battles, campaign...

    This was just excellent. I have read other WWII naval books that focused just on the Pacific or the North Atlantic, but as the author notes, it was hard to find a global overview to put everything in context. I thought he did an excellent job of staying focused on the naval warfare,...

  • Matt
    Jul 09, 2018

    ?As if a giant hammer had smashed down on her amidships, the Hood broke in half, her bow jackknifing upward to a forty-five-degree angle while flames and smoke soared into the sky. Watching from the Bismarck, [Captain] Lindemann?s adjutant, Burkard Mullenheim-Rechberg, recalled see...

  • Jeff Dow
    May 16, 2018

    ?As if a giant hammer had smashed down on her amidships, the Hood broke in half, her bow jackknifing upward to a forty-five-degree angle while flames and smoke soared into the sky. Watching from the Bismarck, [Captain] Lindemann?s adjutant, Burkard Mullenheim-Rechberg, recalled see...

    With this volume, Dr. Symonds once again proves he is one of the best naval historians currently writing. In this narrative, he takes the reader through WWII at sea from the sinking of the British battleship HMS Royal Oak by a U-Boat at Scapa Flow in the beginning days of the war throu...

    WWII is not an a subject for which I have much enthusiasm. Blame it on all those WWII movies I watched as a kid and then add the History Channel, at least while it still carried history programming, and I guess I have just OD'd on the subject. Nevertheless, there are good histories ava...

    Smooth, well-written chronological summary of the naval aspects of War II. Not surprisingly, Symonds contends it wasn?t the bomb, nor code-breaking, nor radar that won the war: each of those explanations has been advanced in diverse books. Rather, it was U.S. technological prowess in...

    I try to keep looking for ways to interact with my kids in new ways. My son loves reading about military history, so I though I would add a book on that topic to my reading list. Reading it together would give us more things to talk about. Oxford University Press was kind enough to ...

    A massive synthesis of the emerging interpretations of naval warfare in World War II, more a narrative than an analysis, but not without insights. In particular, Symonds spends a decent amount of the book on logistics, ship construction, and amphibious warfare tactics. Not enough to bo...

    A good survey of the war at sea...a surprisingly fast read for such a heavy topic ...

  • Hank Quense
    Oct 03, 2018

    ?As if a giant hammer had smashed down on her amidships, the Hood broke in half, her bow jackknifing upward to a forty-five-degree angle while flames and smoke soared into the sky. Watching from the Bismarck, [Captain] Lindemann?s adjutant, Burkard Mullenheim-Rechberg, recalled see...

    With this volume, Dr. Symonds once again proves he is one of the best naval historians currently writing. In this narrative, he takes the reader through WWII at sea from the sinking of the British battleship HMS Royal Oak by a U-Boat at Scapa Flow in the beginning days of the war throu...

    WWII is not an a subject for which I have much enthusiasm. Blame it on all those WWII movies I watched as a kid and then add the History Channel, at least while it still carried history programming, and I guess I have just OD'd on the subject. Nevertheless, there are good histories ava...

    Smooth, well-written chronological summary of the naval aspects of War II. Not surprisingly, Symonds contends it wasn?t the bomb, nor code-breaking, nor radar that won the war: each of those explanations has been advanced in diverse books. Rather, it was U.S. technological prowess in...

    I try to keep looking for ways to interact with my kids in new ways. My son loves reading about military history, so I though I would add a book on that topic to my reading list. Reading it together would give us more things to talk about. Oxford University Press was kind enough to ...

    A massive synthesis of the emerging interpretations of naval warfare in World War II, more a narrative than an analysis, but not without insights. In particular, Symonds spends a decent amount of the book on logistics, ship construction, and amphibious warfare tactics. Not enough to bo...

    A good survey of the war at sea...a surprisingly fast read for such a heavy topic ...

    This well written book covers the naval war of World War II between the years 1939 and 1945. It offers a global perspective of the major engagements. The author expertly tells about the mechanics of warfare on the sea and explains about the nature of the war. The entire naval history o...

    ?World War II at Sea: a global history,? by Craig L. Symonds (Oxford, 2018). Yep, that?s what it is. Symonds was chair of the department of naval history at the US Naval Academy, where he is currently distinguished professor of maritime history. He carries his erudition lightly. ...

    World War II at Sea from Craig Symonds is a comprehensive (not exhaustive) history of the naval war in its entirety told chronologically. In other words, a section about the North Atlantic will be followed by a section on the Pacific if there were events that occurred simultaneously or...

    A global naval history of World War II, correlating events and developments across the globe over the course of the war while focussing the narrative on the war at sea, in all its many permutations. Most naval histories of World War II isolate themselves to particular battles, campaign...

    This was just excellent. I have read other WWII naval books that focused just on the Pacific or the North Atlantic, but as the author notes, it was hard to find a global overview to put everything in context. I thought he did an excellent job of staying focused on the naval warfare,...

    Craig Symonds, a lifelong Navy man, might be considered somewhat partial his own Service, but that partiality doesn't dim the brilliance of his survey of the crucial role played by Allied naval forces in World War II. He argues forcefully and persuasively that Allied naval superiority...

    A wonderfully readable magnum opus on the navel history (British, German, Japanese, Italian and American) of the Second World War. Very helpful maps and photographs add to the enjoyment of this work. I found the analysis of the importance of submarines, esp German U boats interesting, ...

    I received this book through a FirstReads giveaway on GoodReads. This well written single volume history of the naval campaigns of World War II begins with the author setting the stage for the global naval situation prior to the 1939 in the prologue and covering all naval actions of...

    A thorough review of military naval activity from all the major players of World War Two from the beginning of the conflict to the end. Symonds concisely serves up a massive amount of information in an engrossing and informative fashion, a testament both to his ability as a writer and ...

    Solid one-volume history that balances strategic analysis and the individual narrative nicely. Only gripe is the editing, which was very poor. Any ambitious history book has mistakes; but consistent errors in naval-specific issues is a bad look for a naval historian. The R-class battle...

    With war history I tend to gravitate towards personal stories or accounts of individual episodes, because military strategy and maneuvering tends to go over my simple little head. Or I am just too lazy to really concentrate on understanding it. No problems here. This book takes an enor...

    This is an extraordinary history book about WWII. It focuses on the Naval aspects of the War and deals with the German, British, American, Italian, and French navies. A comprehensive and well-written account of the naval actions during WWII. I especially liked that he didn't make ju...

    Excellent, one of the best WW2 books I've read. I've been studying WW2 most of my life but I still picked up a ton of nuggets. For instance, you read almost nothing about the Italian navy except they stunk. This book explains why they were unsuccessful and it certainly wasn't due to th...

    An excellent, easy-to-read history of naval warfare in WWII. It describes battles and strategy from all sides. It's also filled with little-known but fascinating details. For instance, some allied battles had to be postponed or even cancelled because of the lack of landing ships. The a...

  • Doug Cornelius
    Feb 28, 2018

    ?As if a giant hammer had smashed down on her amidships, the Hood broke in half, her bow jackknifing upward to a forty-five-degree angle while flames and smoke soared into the sky. Watching from the Bismarck, [Captain] Lindemann?s adjutant, Burkard Mullenheim-Rechberg, recalled see...

    With this volume, Dr. Symonds once again proves he is one of the best naval historians currently writing. In this narrative, he takes the reader through WWII at sea from the sinking of the British battleship HMS Royal Oak by a U-Boat at Scapa Flow in the beginning days of the war throu...

    WWII is not an a subject for which I have much enthusiasm. Blame it on all those WWII movies I watched as a kid and then add the History Channel, at least while it still carried history programming, and I guess I have just OD'd on the subject. Nevertheless, there are good histories ava...

    Smooth, well-written chronological summary of the naval aspects of War II. Not surprisingly, Symonds contends it wasn?t the bomb, nor code-breaking, nor radar that won the war: each of those explanations has been advanced in diverse books. Rather, it was U.S. technological prowess in...

    I try to keep looking for ways to interact with my kids in new ways. My son loves reading about military history, so I though I would add a book on that topic to my reading list. Reading it together would give us more things to talk about. Oxford University Press was kind enough to ...

  • Tres Herndon
    Feb 15, 2019

    ?As if a giant hammer had smashed down on her amidships, the Hood broke in half, her bow jackknifing upward to a forty-five-degree angle while flames and smoke soared into the sky. Watching from the Bismarck, [Captain] Lindemann?s adjutant, Burkard Mullenheim-Rechberg, recalled see...

    With this volume, Dr. Symonds once again proves he is one of the best naval historians currently writing. In this narrative, he takes the reader through WWII at sea from the sinking of the British battleship HMS Royal Oak by a U-Boat at Scapa Flow in the beginning days of the war throu...

    WWII is not an a subject for which I have much enthusiasm. Blame it on all those WWII movies I watched as a kid and then add the History Channel, at least while it still carried history programming, and I guess I have just OD'd on the subject. Nevertheless, there are good histories ava...

    Smooth, well-written chronological summary of the naval aspects of War II. Not surprisingly, Symonds contends it wasn?t the bomb, nor code-breaking, nor radar that won the war: each of those explanations has been advanced in diverse books. Rather, it was U.S. technological prowess in...

    I try to keep looking for ways to interact with my kids in new ways. My son loves reading about military history, so I though I would add a book on that topic to my reading list. Reading it together would give us more things to talk about. Oxford University Press was kind enough to ...

    A massive synthesis of the emerging interpretations of naval warfare in World War II, more a narrative than an analysis, but not without insights. In particular, Symonds spends a decent amount of the book on logistics, ship construction, and amphibious warfare tactics. Not enough to bo...

    A good survey of the war at sea...a surprisingly fast read for such a heavy topic ...

    This well written book covers the naval war of World War II between the years 1939 and 1945. It offers a global perspective of the major engagements. The author expertly tells about the mechanics of warfare on the sea and explains about the nature of the war. The entire naval history o...

    ?World War II at Sea: a global history,? by Craig L. Symonds (Oxford, 2018). Yep, that?s what it is. Symonds was chair of the department of naval history at the US Naval Academy, where he is currently distinguished professor of maritime history. He carries his erudition lightly. ...

    World War II at Sea from Craig Symonds is a comprehensive (not exhaustive) history of the naval war in its entirety told chronologically. In other words, a section about the North Atlantic will be followed by a section on the Pacific if there were events that occurred simultaneously or...

    A global naval history of World War II, correlating events and developments across the globe over the course of the war while focussing the narrative on the war at sea, in all its many permutations. Most naval histories of World War II isolate themselves to particular battles, campaign...

    This was just excellent. I have read other WWII naval books that focused just on the Pacific or the North Atlantic, but as the author notes, it was hard to find a global overview to put everything in context. I thought he did an excellent job of staying focused on the naval warfare,...

    Craig Symonds, a lifelong Navy man, might be considered somewhat partial his own Service, but that partiality doesn't dim the brilliance of his survey of the crucial role played by Allied naval forces in World War II. He argues forcefully and persuasively that Allied naval superiority...

    A wonderfully readable magnum opus on the navel history (British, German, Japanese, Italian and American) of the Second World War. Very helpful maps and photographs add to the enjoyment of this work. I found the analysis of the importance of submarines, esp German U boats interesting, ...

    I received this book through a FirstReads giveaway on GoodReads. This well written single volume history of the naval campaigns of World War II begins with the author setting the stage for the global naval situation prior to the 1939 in the prologue and covering all naval actions of...

    A thorough review of military naval activity from all the major players of World War Two from the beginning of the conflict to the end. Symonds concisely serves up a massive amount of information in an engrossing and informative fashion, a testament both to his ability as a writer and ...

    Solid one-volume history that balances strategic analysis and the individual narrative nicely. Only gripe is the editing, which was very poor. Any ambitious history book has mistakes; but consistent errors in naval-specific issues is a bad look for a naval historian. The R-class battle...

    With war history I tend to gravitate towards personal stories or accounts of individual episodes, because military strategy and maneuvering tends to go over my simple little head. Or I am just too lazy to really concentrate on understanding it. No problems here. This book takes an enor...

    This is an extraordinary history book about WWII. It focuses on the Naval aspects of the War and deals with the German, British, American, Italian, and French navies. A comprehensive and well-written account of the naval actions during WWII. I especially liked that he didn't make ju...

    Excellent, one of the best WW2 books I've read. I've been studying WW2 most of my life but I still picked up a ton of nuggets. For instance, you read almost nothing about the Italian navy except they stunk. This book explains why they were unsuccessful and it certainly wasn't due to th...

  • Sean Chick
    Sep 26, 2018

    ?As if a giant hammer had smashed down on her amidships, the Hood broke in half, her bow jackknifing upward to a forty-five-degree angle while flames and smoke soared into the sky. Watching from the Bismarck, [Captain] Lindemann?s adjutant, Burkard Mullenheim-Rechberg, recalled see...

    With this volume, Dr. Symonds once again proves he is one of the best naval historians currently writing. In this narrative, he takes the reader through WWII at sea from the sinking of the British battleship HMS Royal Oak by a U-Boat at Scapa Flow in the beginning days of the war throu...

    WWII is not an a subject for which I have much enthusiasm. Blame it on all those WWII movies I watched as a kid and then add the History Channel, at least while it still carried history programming, and I guess I have just OD'd on the subject. Nevertheless, there are good histories ava...

    Smooth, well-written chronological summary of the naval aspects of War II. Not surprisingly, Symonds contends it wasn?t the bomb, nor code-breaking, nor radar that won the war: each of those explanations has been advanced in diverse books. Rather, it was U.S. technological prowess in...

    I try to keep looking for ways to interact with my kids in new ways. My son loves reading about military history, so I though I would add a book on that topic to my reading list. Reading it together would give us more things to talk about. Oxford University Press was kind enough to ...

    A massive synthesis of the emerging interpretations of naval warfare in World War II, more a narrative than an analysis, but not without insights. In particular, Symonds spends a decent amount of the book on logistics, ship construction, and amphibious warfare tactics. Not enough to bo...

  • Urey Patrick
    Nov 01, 2018

    ?As if a giant hammer had smashed down on her amidships, the Hood broke in half, her bow jackknifing upward to a forty-five-degree angle while flames and smoke soared into the sky. Watching from the Bismarck, [Captain] Lindemann?s adjutant, Burkard Mullenheim-Rechberg, recalled see...

    With this volume, Dr. Symonds once again proves he is one of the best naval historians currently writing. In this narrative, he takes the reader through WWII at sea from the sinking of the British battleship HMS Royal Oak by a U-Boat at Scapa Flow in the beginning days of the war throu...

    WWII is not an a subject for which I have much enthusiasm. Blame it on all those WWII movies I watched as a kid and then add the History Channel, at least while it still carried history programming, and I guess I have just OD'd on the subject. Nevertheless, there are good histories ava...

    Smooth, well-written chronological summary of the naval aspects of War II. Not surprisingly, Symonds contends it wasn?t the bomb, nor code-breaking, nor radar that won the war: each of those explanations has been advanced in diverse books. Rather, it was U.S. technological prowess in...

    I try to keep looking for ways to interact with my kids in new ways. My son loves reading about military history, so I though I would add a book on that topic to my reading list. Reading it together would give us more things to talk about. Oxford University Press was kind enough to ...

    A massive synthesis of the emerging interpretations of naval warfare in World War II, more a narrative than an analysis, but not without insights. In particular, Symonds spends a decent amount of the book on logistics, ship construction, and amphibious warfare tactics. Not enough to bo...

    A good survey of the war at sea...a surprisingly fast read for such a heavy topic ...

    This well written book covers the naval war of World War II between the years 1939 and 1945. It offers a global perspective of the major engagements. The author expertly tells about the mechanics of warfare on the sea and explains about the nature of the war. The entire naval history o...

    ?World War II at Sea: a global history,? by Craig L. Symonds (Oxford, 2018). Yep, that?s what it is. Symonds was chair of the department of naval history at the US Naval Academy, where he is currently distinguished professor of maritime history. He carries his erudition lightly. ...

    World War II at Sea from Craig Symonds is a comprehensive (not exhaustive) history of the naval war in its entirety told chronologically. In other words, a section about the North Atlantic will be followed by a section on the Pacific if there were events that occurred simultaneously or...

    A global naval history of World War II, correlating events and developments across the globe over the course of the war while focussing the narrative on the war at sea, in all its many permutations. Most naval histories of World War II isolate themselves to particular battles, campaign...

  • happy
    Sep 04, 2018

    ?As if a giant hammer had smashed down on her amidships, the Hood broke in half, her bow jackknifing upward to a forty-five-degree angle while flames and smoke soared into the sky. Watching from the Bismarck, [Captain] Lindemann?s adjutant, Burkard Mullenheim-Rechberg, recalled see...

    With this volume, Dr. Symonds once again proves he is one of the best naval historians currently writing. In this narrative, he takes the reader through WWII at sea from the sinking of the British battleship HMS Royal Oak by a U-Boat at Scapa Flow in the beginning days of the war throu...

  • Robert
    Feb 20, 2019

    ?As if a giant hammer had smashed down on her amidships, the Hood broke in half, her bow jackknifing upward to a forty-five-degree angle while flames and smoke soared into the sky. Watching from the Bismarck, [Captain] Lindemann?s adjutant, Burkard Mullenheim-Rechberg, recalled see...

    With this volume, Dr. Symonds once again proves he is one of the best naval historians currently writing. In this narrative, he takes the reader through WWII at sea from the sinking of the British battleship HMS Royal Oak by a U-Boat at Scapa Flow in the beginning days of the war throu...

    WWII is not an a subject for which I have much enthusiasm. Blame it on all those WWII movies I watched as a kid and then add the History Channel, at least while it still carried history programming, and I guess I have just OD'd on the subject. Nevertheless, there are good histories ava...

    Smooth, well-written chronological summary of the naval aspects of War II. Not surprisingly, Symonds contends it wasn?t the bomb, nor code-breaking, nor radar that won the war: each of those explanations has been advanced in diverse books. Rather, it was U.S. technological prowess in...

    I try to keep looking for ways to interact with my kids in new ways. My son loves reading about military history, so I though I would add a book on that topic to my reading list. Reading it together would give us more things to talk about. Oxford University Press was kind enough to ...

    A massive synthesis of the emerging interpretations of naval warfare in World War II, more a narrative than an analysis, but not without insights. In particular, Symonds spends a decent amount of the book on logistics, ship construction, and amphibious warfare tactics. Not enough to bo...

    A good survey of the war at sea...a surprisingly fast read for such a heavy topic ...

    This well written book covers the naval war of World War II between the years 1939 and 1945. It offers a global perspective of the major engagements. The author expertly tells about the mechanics of warfare on the sea and explains about the nature of the war. The entire naval history o...

    ?World War II at Sea: a global history,? by Craig L. Symonds (Oxford, 2018). Yep, that?s what it is. Symonds was chair of the department of naval history at the US Naval Academy, where he is currently distinguished professor of maritime history. He carries his erudition lightly. ...

    World War II at Sea from Craig Symonds is a comprehensive (not exhaustive) history of the naval war in its entirety told chronologically. In other words, a section about the North Atlantic will be followed by a section on the Pacific if there were events that occurred simultaneously or...

    A global naval history of World War II, correlating events and developments across the globe over the course of the war while focussing the narrative on the war at sea, in all its many permutations. Most naval histories of World War II isolate themselves to particular battles, campaign...

    This was just excellent. I have read other WWII naval books that focused just on the Pacific or the North Atlantic, but as the author notes, it was hard to find a global overview to put everything in context. I thought he did an excellent job of staying focused on the naval warfare,...

    Craig Symonds, a lifelong Navy man, might be considered somewhat partial his own Service, but that partiality doesn't dim the brilliance of his survey of the crucial role played by Allied naval forces in World War II. He argues forcefully and persuasively that Allied naval superiority...

    A wonderfully readable magnum opus on the navel history (British, German, Japanese, Italian and American) of the Second World War. Very helpful maps and photographs add to the enjoyment of this work. I found the analysis of the importance of submarines, esp German U boats interesting, ...

    I received this book through a FirstReads giveaway on GoodReads. This well written single volume history of the naval campaigns of World War II begins with the author setting the stage for the global naval situation prior to the 1939 in the prologue and covering all naval actions of...

    A thorough review of military naval activity from all the major players of World War Two from the beginning of the conflict to the end. Symonds concisely serves up a massive amount of information in an engrossing and informative fashion, a testament both to his ability as a writer and ...

    Solid one-volume history that balances strategic analysis and the individual narrative nicely. Only gripe is the editing, which was very poor. Any ambitious history book has mistakes; but consistent errors in naval-specific issues is a bad look for a naval historian. The R-class battle...

    With war history I tend to gravitate towards personal stories or accounts of individual episodes, because military strategy and maneuvering tends to go over my simple little head. Or I am just too lazy to really concentrate on understanding it. No problems here. This book takes an enor...

    This is an extraordinary history book about WWII. It focuses on the Naval aspects of the War and deals with the German, British, American, Italian, and French navies. A comprehensive and well-written account of the naval actions during WWII. I especially liked that he didn't make ju...

    Excellent, one of the best WW2 books I've read. I've been studying WW2 most of my life but I still picked up a ton of nuggets. For instance, you read almost nothing about the Italian navy except they stunk. This book explains why they were unsuccessful and it certainly wasn't due to th...

    An excellent, easy-to-read history of naval warfare in WWII. It describes battles and strategy from all sides. It's also filled with little-known but fascinating details. For instance, some allied battles had to be postponed or even cancelled because of the lack of landing ships. The a...

    Logistics wins wars, and this book made the topic interesting It is rare to see a WWII history that so clearly shows how all of the pieces of a nation's capabilities, industrial, political as well as military, work together. The author has made this subject into a page turning book ...

    WW II at Sea: a full account of the global Naval history of WW2 Craig Symonds recounts all major battles at sea in WW II. He tells a little of character of all the major figures & goes on write about important happenings & relates important information not found elsewhere. I...

    Well written. Covers an enormous amount of material while remaining entertaining. Useful as a broad primer on the subject, which will lead you to read more on any specific operation that interest you, and as a means of viewing the whole war as one interconnected whole. As Symonds point...

  • Lou
    May 31, 2018

    ?As if a giant hammer had smashed down on her amidships, the Hood broke in half, her bow jackknifing upward to a forty-five-degree angle while flames and smoke soared into the sky. Watching from the Bismarck, [Captain] Lindemann?s adjutant, Burkard Mullenheim-Rechberg, recalled see...

    With this volume, Dr. Symonds once again proves he is one of the best naval historians currently writing. In this narrative, he takes the reader through WWII at sea from the sinking of the British battleship HMS Royal Oak by a U-Boat at Scapa Flow in the beginning days of the war throu...

    WWII is not an a subject for which I have much enthusiasm. Blame it on all those WWII movies I watched as a kid and then add the History Channel, at least while it still carried history programming, and I guess I have just OD'd on the subject. Nevertheless, there are good histories ava...

    Smooth, well-written chronological summary of the naval aspects of War II. Not surprisingly, Symonds contends it wasn?t the bomb, nor code-breaking, nor radar that won the war: each of those explanations has been advanced in diverse books. Rather, it was U.S. technological prowess in...

    I try to keep looking for ways to interact with my kids in new ways. My son loves reading about military history, so I though I would add a book on that topic to my reading list. Reading it together would give us more things to talk about. Oxford University Press was kind enough to ...

    A massive synthesis of the emerging interpretations of naval warfare in World War II, more a narrative than an analysis, but not without insights. In particular, Symonds spends a decent amount of the book on logistics, ship construction, and amphibious warfare tactics. Not enough to bo...

    A good survey of the war at sea...a surprisingly fast read for such a heavy topic ...

    This well written book covers the naval war of World War II between the years 1939 and 1945. It offers a global perspective of the major engagements. The author expertly tells about the mechanics of warfare on the sea and explains about the nature of the war. The entire naval history o...

    ?World War II at Sea: a global history,? by Craig L. Symonds (Oxford, 2018). Yep, that?s what it is. Symonds was chair of the department of naval history at the US Naval Academy, where he is currently distinguished professor of maritime history. He carries his erudition lightly. ...

    World War II at Sea from Craig Symonds is a comprehensive (not exhaustive) history of the naval war in its entirety told chronologically. In other words, a section about the North Atlantic will be followed by a section on the Pacific if there were events that occurred simultaneously or...

    A global naval history of World War II, correlating events and developments across the globe over the course of the war while focussing the narrative on the war at sea, in all its many permutations. Most naval histories of World War II isolate themselves to particular battles, campaign...

    This was just excellent. I have read other WWII naval books that focused just on the Pacific or the North Atlantic, but as the author notes, it was hard to find a global overview to put everything in context. I thought he did an excellent job of staying focused on the naval warfare,...

    Craig Symonds, a lifelong Navy man, might be considered somewhat partial his own Service, but that partiality doesn't dim the brilliance of his survey of the crucial role played by Allied naval forces in World War II. He argues forcefully and persuasively that Allied naval superiority...

    A wonderfully readable magnum opus on the navel history (British, German, Japanese, Italian and American) of the Second World War. Very helpful maps and photographs add to the enjoyment of this work. I found the analysis of the importance of submarines, esp German U boats interesting, ...

    I received this book through a FirstReads giveaway on GoodReads. This well written single volume history of the naval campaigns of World War II begins with the author setting the stage for the global naval situation prior to the 1939 in the prologue and covering all naval actions of...

    A thorough review of military naval activity from all the major players of World War Two from the beginning of the conflict to the end. Symonds concisely serves up a massive amount of information in an engrossing and informative fashion, a testament both to his ability as a writer and ...

    Solid one-volume history that balances strategic analysis and the individual narrative nicely. Only gripe is the editing, which was very poor. Any ambitious history book has mistakes; but consistent errors in naval-specific issues is a bad look for a naval historian. The R-class battle...

    With war history I tend to gravitate towards personal stories or accounts of individual episodes, because military strategy and maneuvering tends to go over my simple little head. Or I am just too lazy to really concentrate on understanding it. No problems here. This book takes an enor...

    This is an extraordinary history book about WWII. It focuses on the Naval aspects of the War and deals with the German, British, American, Italian, and French navies. A comprehensive and well-written account of the naval actions during WWII. I especially liked that he didn't make ju...

    Excellent, one of the best WW2 books I've read. I've been studying WW2 most of my life but I still picked up a ton of nuggets. For instance, you read almost nothing about the Italian navy except they stunk. This book explains why they were unsuccessful and it certainly wasn't due to th...

    An excellent, easy-to-read history of naval warfare in WWII. It describes battles and strategy from all sides. It's also filled with little-known but fascinating details. For instance, some allied battles had to be postponed or even cancelled because of the lack of landing ships. The a...

    Logistics wins wars, and this book made the topic interesting It is rare to see a WWII history that so clearly shows how all of the pieces of a nation's capabilities, industrial, political as well as military, work together. The author has made this subject into a page turning book ...

    WW II at Sea: a full account of the global Naval history of WW2 Craig Symonds recounts all major battles at sea in WW II. He tells a little of character of all the major figures & goes on write about important happenings & relates important information not found elsewhere. I...

    Well written. Covers an enormous amount of material while remaining entertaining. Useful as a broad primer on the subject, which will lead you to read more on any specific operation that interest you, and as a means of viewing the whole war as one interconnected whole. As Symonds point...

    i enjoyed reading about WW II but mostly land battles, i.e. Iwo Jima, Okinawa, but anyone interested in the War at Sea this is a good book. Mr. Symonds does a fabulous job detailing the sea battles, i.e. the Battle of Midway, Battle of Leyte Gulf, the Navy's part in the landings at Oki...

  • Joe Mahoney
    Oct 07, 2018

    ?As if a giant hammer had smashed down on her amidships, the Hood broke in half, her bow jackknifing upward to a forty-five-degree angle while flames and smoke soared into the sky. Watching from the Bismarck, [Captain] Lindemann?s adjutant, Burkard Mullenheim-Rechberg, recalled see...

    With this volume, Dr. Symonds once again proves he is one of the best naval historians currently writing. In this narrative, he takes the reader through WWII at sea from the sinking of the British battleship HMS Royal Oak by a U-Boat at Scapa Flow in the beginning days of the war throu...

    WWII is not an a subject for which I have much enthusiasm. Blame it on all those WWII movies I watched as a kid and then add the History Channel, at least while it still carried history programming, and I guess I have just OD'd on the subject. Nevertheless, there are good histories ava...

    Smooth, well-written chronological summary of the naval aspects of War II. Not surprisingly, Symonds contends it wasn?t the bomb, nor code-breaking, nor radar that won the war: each of those explanations has been advanced in diverse books. Rather, it was U.S. technological prowess in...

    I try to keep looking for ways to interact with my kids in new ways. My son loves reading about military history, so I though I would add a book on that topic to my reading list. Reading it together would give us more things to talk about. Oxford University Press was kind enough to ...

    A massive synthesis of the emerging interpretations of naval warfare in World War II, more a narrative than an analysis, but not without insights. In particular, Symonds spends a decent amount of the book on logistics, ship construction, and amphibious warfare tactics. Not enough to bo...

    A good survey of the war at sea...a surprisingly fast read for such a heavy topic ...

    This well written book covers the naval war of World War II between the years 1939 and 1945. It offers a global perspective of the major engagements. The author expertly tells about the mechanics of warfare on the sea and explains about the nature of the war. The entire naval history o...

    ?World War II at Sea: a global history,? by Craig L. Symonds (Oxford, 2018). Yep, that?s what it is. Symonds was chair of the department of naval history at the US Naval Academy, where he is currently distinguished professor of maritime history. He carries his erudition lightly. ...

    World War II at Sea from Craig Symonds is a comprehensive (not exhaustive) history of the naval war in its entirety told chronologically. In other words, a section about the North Atlantic will be followed by a section on the Pacific if there were events that occurred simultaneously or...

    A global naval history of World War II, correlating events and developments across the globe over the course of the war while focussing the narrative on the war at sea, in all its many permutations. Most naval histories of World War II isolate themselves to particular battles, campaign...

    This was just excellent. I have read other WWII naval books that focused just on the Pacific or the North Atlantic, but as the author notes, it was hard to find a global overview to put everything in context. I thought he did an excellent job of staying focused on the naval warfare,...

    Craig Symonds, a lifelong Navy man, might be considered somewhat partial his own Service, but that partiality doesn't dim the brilliance of his survey of the crucial role played by Allied naval forces in World War II. He argues forcefully and persuasively that Allied naval superiority...

    A wonderfully readable magnum opus on the navel history (British, German, Japanese, Italian and American) of the Second World War. Very helpful maps and photographs add to the enjoyment of this work. I found the analysis of the importance of submarines, esp German U boats interesting, ...

    I received this book through a FirstReads giveaway on GoodReads. This well written single volume history of the naval campaigns of World War II begins with the author setting the stage for the global naval situation prior to the 1939 in the prologue and covering all naval actions of...

    A thorough review of military naval activity from all the major players of World War Two from the beginning of the conflict to the end. Symonds concisely serves up a massive amount of information in an engrossing and informative fashion, a testament both to his ability as a writer and ...

  • Stephen Butterworth
    Nov 05, 2018

    ?As if a giant hammer had smashed down on her amidships, the Hood broke in half, her bow jackknifing upward to a forty-five-degree angle while flames and smoke soared into the sky. Watching from the Bismarck, [Captain] Lindemann?s adjutant, Burkard Mullenheim-Rechberg, recalled see...

    With this volume, Dr. Symonds once again proves he is one of the best naval historians currently writing. In this narrative, he takes the reader through WWII at sea from the sinking of the British battleship HMS Royal Oak by a U-Boat at Scapa Flow in the beginning days of the war throu...

    WWII is not an a subject for which I have much enthusiasm. Blame it on all those WWII movies I watched as a kid and then add the History Channel, at least while it still carried history programming, and I guess I have just OD'd on the subject. Nevertheless, there are good histories ava...

    Smooth, well-written chronological summary of the naval aspects of War II. Not surprisingly, Symonds contends it wasn?t the bomb, nor code-breaking, nor radar that won the war: each of those explanations has been advanced in diverse books. Rather, it was U.S. technological prowess in...

    I try to keep looking for ways to interact with my kids in new ways. My son loves reading about military history, so I though I would add a book on that topic to my reading list. Reading it together would give us more things to talk about. Oxford University Press was kind enough to ...

    A massive synthesis of the emerging interpretations of naval warfare in World War II, more a narrative than an analysis, but not without insights. In particular, Symonds spends a decent amount of the book on logistics, ship construction, and amphibious warfare tactics. Not enough to bo...

    A good survey of the war at sea...a surprisingly fast read for such a heavy topic ...

    This well written book covers the naval war of World War II between the years 1939 and 1945. It offers a global perspective of the major engagements. The author expertly tells about the mechanics of warfare on the sea and explains about the nature of the war. The entire naval history o...

    ?World War II at Sea: a global history,? by Craig L. Symonds (Oxford, 2018). Yep, that?s what it is. Symonds was chair of the department of naval history at the US Naval Academy, where he is currently distinguished professor of maritime history. He carries his erudition lightly. ...

    World War II at Sea from Craig Symonds is a comprehensive (not exhaustive) history of the naval war in its entirety told chronologically. In other words, a section about the North Atlantic will be followed by a section on the Pacific if there were events that occurred simultaneously or...

    A global naval history of World War II, correlating events and developments across the globe over the course of the war while focussing the narrative on the war at sea, in all its many permutations. Most naval histories of World War II isolate themselves to particular battles, campaign...

    This was just excellent. I have read other WWII naval books that focused just on the Pacific or the North Atlantic, but as the author notes, it was hard to find a global overview to put everything in context. I thought he did an excellent job of staying focused on the naval warfare,...

    Craig Symonds, a lifelong Navy man, might be considered somewhat partial his own Service, but that partiality doesn't dim the brilliance of his survey of the crucial role played by Allied naval forces in World War II. He argues forcefully and persuasively that Allied naval superiority...

    A wonderfully readable magnum opus on the navel history (British, German, Japanese, Italian and American) of the Second World War. Very helpful maps and photographs add to the enjoyment of this work. I found the analysis of the importance of submarines, esp German U boats interesting, ...

    I received this book through a FirstReads giveaway on GoodReads. This well written single volume history of the naval campaigns of World War II begins with the author setting the stage for the global naval situation prior to the 1939 in the prologue and covering all naval actions of...

    A thorough review of military naval activity from all the major players of World War Two from the beginning of the conflict to the end. Symonds concisely serves up a massive amount of information in an engrossing and informative fashion, a testament both to his ability as a writer and ...

    Solid one-volume history that balances strategic analysis and the individual narrative nicely. Only gripe is the editing, which was very poor. Any ambitious history book has mistakes; but consistent errors in naval-specific issues is a bad look for a naval historian. The R-class battle...

    With war history I tend to gravitate towards personal stories or accounts of individual episodes, because military strategy and maneuvering tends to go over my simple little head. Or I am just too lazy to really concentrate on understanding it. No problems here. This book takes an enor...

    This is an extraordinary history book about WWII. It focuses on the Naval aspects of the War and deals with the German, British, American, Italian, and French navies. A comprehensive and well-written account of the naval actions during WWII. I especially liked that he didn't make ju...

    Excellent, one of the best WW2 books I've read. I've been studying WW2 most of my life but I still picked up a ton of nuggets. For instance, you read almost nothing about the Italian navy except they stunk. This book explains why they were unsuccessful and it certainly wasn't due to th...

    An excellent, easy-to-read history of naval warfare in WWII. It describes battles and strategy from all sides. It's also filled with little-known but fascinating details. For instance, some allied battles had to be postponed or even cancelled because of the lack of landing ships. The a...

    Logistics wins wars, and this book made the topic interesting It is rare to see a WWII history that so clearly shows how all of the pieces of a nation's capabilities, industrial, political as well as military, work together. The author has made this subject into a page turning book ...

    WW II at Sea: a full account of the global Naval history of WW2 Craig Symonds recounts all major battles at sea in WW II. He tells a little of character of all the major figures & goes on write about important happenings & relates important information not found elsewhere. I...

    Well written. Covers an enormous amount of material while remaining entertaining. Useful as a broad primer on the subject, which will lead you to read more on any specific operation that interest you, and as a means of viewing the whole war as one interconnected whole. As Symonds point...

    i enjoyed reading about WW II but mostly land battles, i.e. Iwo Jima, Okinawa, but anyone interested in the War at Sea this is a good book. Mr. Symonds does a fabulous job detailing the sea battles, i.e. the Battle of Midway, Battle of Leyte Gulf, the Navy's part in the landings at Oki...

    Excellent Single Volume History Of The War At Sea Notable for expansive treatment of the Italian Navy. There has to be limits to inclusiveness if the book is to remain a single volume. However areas that could have deserved more coverage include the fighting in the Indian Ocean, the...

    Craig Symonds did the impossible, he synthesized a cogent, readable insightful and relatively short at a little over 600 pages of text, on the world wide naval aspects of World War Two. A masterpiece which contributes a scholarly naval history of the war. I encourage those to read who ...

    A good introduction/summary of the topic (though, what does that mean when the text of the book is 650 pages in length?). Tends to cover the topic from a U. S. viewpoint, and one of the feelings I'm left with is "is this fair to the other combatants?". Still, the author does a good j...

    On the surface it seems like a very dense read, but this book is engaging and before you know it, you'll be 50 pages in and eager for more. It truly is a wonderful overview of WW2 sea battles and strategy - yet it mixes perspectives of seamen and admirals to paint a great picture of wh...

  • David Eppenstein
    Jan 01, 2019

    ?As if a giant hammer had smashed down on her amidships, the Hood broke in half, her bow jackknifing upward to a forty-five-degree angle while flames and smoke soared into the sky. Watching from the Bismarck, [Captain] Lindemann?s adjutant, Burkard Mullenheim-Rechberg, recalled see...

    With this volume, Dr. Symonds once again proves he is one of the best naval historians currently writing. In this narrative, he takes the reader through WWII at sea from the sinking of the British battleship HMS Royal Oak by a U-Boat at Scapa Flow in the beginning days of the war throu...

    WWII is not an a subject for which I have much enthusiasm. Blame it on all those WWII movies I watched as a kid and then add the History Channel, at least while it still carried history programming, and I guess I have just OD'd on the subject. Nevertheless, there are good histories ava...

  • Matt Caris
    Feb 13, 2019

    ?As if a giant hammer had smashed down on her amidships, the Hood broke in half, her bow jackknifing upward to a forty-five-degree angle while flames and smoke soared into the sky. Watching from the Bismarck, [Captain] Lindemann?s adjutant, Burkard Mullenheim-Rechberg, recalled see...

    With this volume, Dr. Symonds once again proves he is one of the best naval historians currently writing. In this narrative, he takes the reader through WWII at sea from the sinking of the British battleship HMS Royal Oak by a U-Boat at Scapa Flow in the beginning days of the war throu...

    WWII is not an a subject for which I have much enthusiasm. Blame it on all those WWII movies I watched as a kid and then add the History Channel, at least while it still carried history programming, and I guess I have just OD'd on the subject. Nevertheless, there are good histories ava...

    Smooth, well-written chronological summary of the naval aspects of War II. Not surprisingly, Symonds contends it wasn?t the bomb, nor code-breaking, nor radar that won the war: each of those explanations has been advanced in diverse books. Rather, it was U.S. technological prowess in...

    I try to keep looking for ways to interact with my kids in new ways. My son loves reading about military history, so I though I would add a book on that topic to my reading list. Reading it together would give us more things to talk about. Oxford University Press was kind enough to ...

    A massive synthesis of the emerging interpretations of naval warfare in World War II, more a narrative than an analysis, but not without insights. In particular, Symonds spends a decent amount of the book on logistics, ship construction, and amphibious warfare tactics. Not enough to bo...

    A good survey of the war at sea...a surprisingly fast read for such a heavy topic ...

    This well written book covers the naval war of World War II between the years 1939 and 1945. It offers a global perspective of the major engagements. The author expertly tells about the mechanics of warfare on the sea and explains about the nature of the war. The entire naval history o...

    ?World War II at Sea: a global history,? by Craig L. Symonds (Oxford, 2018). Yep, that?s what it is. Symonds was chair of the department of naval history at the US Naval Academy, where he is currently distinguished professor of maritime history. He carries his erudition lightly. ...

    World War II at Sea from Craig Symonds is a comprehensive (not exhaustive) history of the naval war in its entirety told chronologically. In other words, a section about the North Atlantic will be followed by a section on the Pacific if there were events that occurred simultaneously or...

    A global naval history of World War II, correlating events and developments across the globe over the course of the war while focussing the narrative on the war at sea, in all its many permutations. Most naval histories of World War II isolate themselves to particular battles, campaign...

    This was just excellent. I have read other WWII naval books that focused just on the Pacific or the North Atlantic, but as the author notes, it was hard to find a global overview to put everything in context. I thought he did an excellent job of staying focused on the naval warfare,...

    Craig Symonds, a lifelong Navy man, might be considered somewhat partial his own Service, but that partiality doesn't dim the brilliance of his survey of the crucial role played by Allied naval forces in World War II. He argues forcefully and persuasively that Allied naval superiority...

    A wonderfully readable magnum opus on the navel history (British, German, Japanese, Italian and American) of the Second World War. Very helpful maps and photographs add to the enjoyment of this work. I found the analysis of the importance of submarines, esp German U boats interesting, ...

    I received this book through a FirstReads giveaway on GoodReads. This well written single volume history of the naval campaigns of World War II begins with the author setting the stage for the global naval situation prior to the 1939 in the prologue and covering all naval actions of...

    A thorough review of military naval activity from all the major players of World War Two from the beginning of the conflict to the end. Symonds concisely serves up a massive amount of information in an engrossing and informative fashion, a testament both to his ability as a writer and ...

    Solid one-volume history that balances strategic analysis and the individual narrative nicely. Only gripe is the editing, which was very poor. Any ambitious history book has mistakes; but consistent errors in naval-specific issues is a bad look for a naval historian. The R-class battle...

  • William Nist
    Sep 26, 2018

    ?As if a giant hammer had smashed down on her amidships, the Hood broke in half, her bow jackknifing upward to a forty-five-degree angle while flames and smoke soared into the sky. Watching from the Bismarck, [Captain] Lindemann?s adjutant, Burkard Mullenheim-Rechberg, recalled see...

    With this volume, Dr. Symonds once again proves he is one of the best naval historians currently writing. In this narrative, he takes the reader through WWII at sea from the sinking of the British battleship HMS Royal Oak by a U-Boat at Scapa Flow in the beginning days of the war throu...

    WWII is not an a subject for which I have much enthusiasm. Blame it on all those WWII movies I watched as a kid and then add the History Channel, at least while it still carried history programming, and I guess I have just OD'd on the subject. Nevertheless, there are good histories ava...

    Smooth, well-written chronological summary of the naval aspects of War II. Not surprisingly, Symonds contends it wasn?t the bomb, nor code-breaking, nor radar that won the war: each of those explanations has been advanced in diverse books. Rather, it was U.S. technological prowess in...

    I try to keep looking for ways to interact with my kids in new ways. My son loves reading about military history, so I though I would add a book on that topic to my reading list. Reading it together would give us more things to talk about. Oxford University Press was kind enough to ...

    A massive synthesis of the emerging interpretations of naval warfare in World War II, more a narrative than an analysis, but not without insights. In particular, Symonds spends a decent amount of the book on logistics, ship construction, and amphibious warfare tactics. Not enough to bo...

    A good survey of the war at sea...a surprisingly fast read for such a heavy topic ...

    This well written book covers the naval war of World War II between the years 1939 and 1945. It offers a global perspective of the major engagements. The author expertly tells about the mechanics of warfare on the sea and explains about the nature of the war. The entire naval history o...

    ?World War II at Sea: a global history,? by Craig L. Symonds (Oxford, 2018). Yep, that?s what it is. Symonds was chair of the department of naval history at the US Naval Academy, where he is currently distinguished professor of maritime history. He carries his erudition lightly. ...

    World War II at Sea from Craig Symonds is a comprehensive (not exhaustive) history of the naval war in its entirety told chronologically. In other words, a section about the North Atlantic will be followed by a section on the Pacific if there were events that occurred simultaneously or...

    A global naval history of World War II, correlating events and developments across the globe over the course of the war while focussing the narrative on the war at sea, in all its many permutations. Most naval histories of World War II isolate themselves to particular battles, campaign...

    This was just excellent. I have read other WWII naval books that focused just on the Pacific or the North Atlantic, but as the author notes, it was hard to find a global overview to put everything in context. I thought he did an excellent job of staying focused on the naval warfare,...

    Craig Symonds, a lifelong Navy man, might be considered somewhat partial his own Service, but that partiality doesn't dim the brilliance of his survey of the crucial role played by Allied naval forces in World War II. He argues forcefully and persuasively that Allied naval superiority...

    A wonderfully readable magnum opus on the navel history (British, German, Japanese, Italian and American) of the Second World War. Very helpful maps and photographs add to the enjoyment of this work. I found the analysis of the importance of submarines, esp German U boats interesting, ...

  • David
    Jul 11, 2018

    ?As if a giant hammer had smashed down on her amidships, the Hood broke in half, her bow jackknifing upward to a forty-five-degree angle while flames and smoke soared into the sky. Watching from the Bismarck, [Captain] Lindemann?s adjutant, Burkard Mullenheim-Rechberg, recalled see...

    With this volume, Dr. Symonds once again proves he is one of the best naval historians currently writing. In this narrative, he takes the reader through WWII at sea from the sinking of the British battleship HMS Royal Oak by a U-Boat at Scapa Flow in the beginning days of the war throu...

    WWII is not an a subject for which I have much enthusiasm. Blame it on all those WWII movies I watched as a kid and then add the History Channel, at least while it still carried history programming, and I guess I have just OD'd on the subject. Nevertheless, there are good histories ava...

    Smooth, well-written chronological summary of the naval aspects of War II. Not surprisingly, Symonds contends it wasn?t the bomb, nor code-breaking, nor radar that won the war: each of those explanations has been advanced in diverse books. Rather, it was U.S. technological prowess in...

    I try to keep looking for ways to interact with my kids in new ways. My son loves reading about military history, so I though I would add a book on that topic to my reading list. Reading it together would give us more things to talk about. Oxford University Press was kind enough to ...

    A massive synthesis of the emerging interpretations of naval warfare in World War II, more a narrative than an analysis, but not without insights. In particular, Symonds spends a decent amount of the book on logistics, ship construction, and amphibious warfare tactics. Not enough to bo...

    A good survey of the war at sea...a surprisingly fast read for such a heavy topic ...

    This well written book covers the naval war of World War II between the years 1939 and 1945. It offers a global perspective of the major engagements. The author expertly tells about the mechanics of warfare on the sea and explains about the nature of the war. The entire naval history o...

    ?World War II at Sea: a global history,? by Craig L. Symonds (Oxford, 2018). Yep, that?s what it is. Symonds was chair of the department of naval history at the US Naval Academy, where he is currently distinguished professor of maritime history. He carries his erudition lightly. ...

    World War II at Sea from Craig Symonds is a comprehensive (not exhaustive) history of the naval war in its entirety told chronologically. In other words, a section about the North Atlantic will be followed by a section on the Pacific if there were events that occurred simultaneously or...

    A global naval history of World War II, correlating events and developments across the globe over the course of the war while focussing the narrative on the war at sea, in all its many permutations. Most naval histories of World War II isolate themselves to particular battles, campaign...

    This was just excellent. I have read other WWII naval books that focused just on the Pacific or the North Atlantic, but as the author notes, it was hard to find a global overview to put everything in context. I thought he did an excellent job of staying focused on the naval warfare,...

    Craig Symonds, a lifelong Navy man, might be considered somewhat partial his own Service, but that partiality doesn't dim the brilliance of his survey of the crucial role played by Allied naval forces in World War II. He argues forcefully and persuasively that Allied naval superiority...

    A wonderfully readable magnum opus on the navel history (British, German, Japanese, Italian and American) of the Second World War. Very helpful maps and photographs add to the enjoyment of this work. I found the analysis of the importance of submarines, esp German U boats interesting, ...

    I received this book through a FirstReads giveaway on GoodReads. This well written single volume history of the naval campaigns of World War II begins with the author setting the stage for the global naval situation prior to the 1939 in the prologue and covering all naval actions of...

  • Nooilforpacifists
    Oct 15, 2018

    ?As if a giant hammer had smashed down on her amidships, the Hood broke in half, her bow jackknifing upward to a forty-five-degree angle while flames and smoke soared into the sky. Watching from the Bismarck, [Captain] Lindemann?s adjutant, Burkard Mullenheim-Rechberg, recalled see...

    With this volume, Dr. Symonds once again proves he is one of the best naval historians currently writing. In this narrative, he takes the reader through WWII at sea from the sinking of the British battleship HMS Royal Oak by a U-Boat at Scapa Flow in the beginning days of the war throu...

    WWII is not an a subject for which I have much enthusiasm. Blame it on all those WWII movies I watched as a kid and then add the History Channel, at least while it still carried history programming, and I guess I have just OD'd on the subject. Nevertheless, there are good histories ava...

    Smooth, well-written chronological summary of the naval aspects of War II. Not surprisingly, Symonds contends it wasn?t the bomb, nor code-breaking, nor radar that won the war: each of those explanations has been advanced in diverse books. Rather, it was U.S. technological prowess in...

  • Earl
    Aug 17, 2018

    ?As if a giant hammer had smashed down on her amidships, the Hood broke in half, her bow jackknifing upward to a forty-five-degree angle while flames and smoke soared into the sky. Watching from the Bismarck, [Captain] Lindemann?s adjutant, Burkard Mullenheim-Rechberg, recalled see...

    With this volume, Dr. Symonds once again proves he is one of the best naval historians currently writing. In this narrative, he takes the reader through WWII at sea from the sinking of the British battleship HMS Royal Oak by a U-Boat at Scapa Flow in the beginning days of the war throu...

    WWII is not an a subject for which I have much enthusiasm. Blame it on all those WWII movies I watched as a kid and then add the History Channel, at least while it still carried history programming, and I guess I have just OD'd on the subject. Nevertheless, there are good histories ava...

    Smooth, well-written chronological summary of the naval aspects of War II. Not surprisingly, Symonds contends it wasn?t the bomb, nor code-breaking, nor radar that won the war: each of those explanations has been advanced in diverse books. Rather, it was U.S. technological prowess in...

    I try to keep looking for ways to interact with my kids in new ways. My son loves reading about military history, so I though I would add a book on that topic to my reading list. Reading it together would give us more things to talk about. Oxford University Press was kind enough to ...

    A massive synthesis of the emerging interpretations of naval warfare in World War II, more a narrative than an analysis, but not without insights. In particular, Symonds spends a decent amount of the book on logistics, ship construction, and amphibious warfare tactics. Not enough to bo...

    A good survey of the war at sea...a surprisingly fast read for such a heavy topic ...

    This well written book covers the naval war of World War II between the years 1939 and 1945. It offers a global perspective of the major engagements. The author expertly tells about the mechanics of warfare on the sea and explains about the nature of the war. The entire naval history o...

    ?World War II at Sea: a global history,? by Craig L. Symonds (Oxford, 2018). Yep, that?s what it is. Symonds was chair of the department of naval history at the US Naval Academy, where he is currently distinguished professor of maritime history. He carries his erudition lightly. ...

    World War II at Sea from Craig Symonds is a comprehensive (not exhaustive) history of the naval war in its entirety told chronologically. In other words, a section about the North Atlantic will be followed by a section on the Pacific if there were events that occurred simultaneously or...

  • Peter Goodman
    Aug 12, 2018

    ?As if a giant hammer had smashed down on her amidships, the Hood broke in half, her bow jackknifing upward to a forty-five-degree angle while flames and smoke soared into the sky. Watching from the Bismarck, [Captain] Lindemann?s adjutant, Burkard Mullenheim-Rechberg, recalled see...

    With this volume, Dr. Symonds once again proves he is one of the best naval historians currently writing. In this narrative, he takes the reader through WWII at sea from the sinking of the British battleship HMS Royal Oak by a U-Boat at Scapa Flow in the beginning days of the war throu...

    WWII is not an a subject for which I have much enthusiasm. Blame it on all those WWII movies I watched as a kid and then add the History Channel, at least while it still carried history programming, and I guess I have just OD'd on the subject. Nevertheless, there are good histories ava...

    Smooth, well-written chronological summary of the naval aspects of War II. Not surprisingly, Symonds contends it wasn?t the bomb, nor code-breaking, nor radar that won the war: each of those explanations has been advanced in diverse books. Rather, it was U.S. technological prowess in...

    I try to keep looking for ways to interact with my kids in new ways. My son loves reading about military history, so I though I would add a book on that topic to my reading list. Reading it together would give us more things to talk about. Oxford University Press was kind enough to ...

    A massive synthesis of the emerging interpretations of naval warfare in World War II, more a narrative than an analysis, but not without insights. In particular, Symonds spends a decent amount of the book on logistics, ship construction, and amphibious warfare tactics. Not enough to bo...

    A good survey of the war at sea...a surprisingly fast read for such a heavy topic ...

    This well written book covers the naval war of World War II between the years 1939 and 1945. It offers a global perspective of the major engagements. The author expertly tells about the mechanics of warfare on the sea and explains about the nature of the war. The entire naval history o...

    ?World War II at Sea: a global history,? by Craig L. Symonds (Oxford, 2018). Yep, that?s what it is. Symonds was chair of the department of naval history at the US Naval Academy, where he is currently distinguished professor of maritime history. He carries his erudition lightly. ...

  • Richard Kratz
    Jul 26, 2018

    ?As if a giant hammer had smashed down on her amidships, the Hood broke in half, her bow jackknifing upward to a forty-five-degree angle while flames and smoke soared into the sky. Watching from the Bismarck, [Captain] Lindemann?s adjutant, Burkard Mullenheim-Rechberg, recalled see...

    With this volume, Dr. Symonds once again proves he is one of the best naval historians currently writing. In this narrative, he takes the reader through WWII at sea from the sinking of the British battleship HMS Royal Oak by a U-Boat at Scapa Flow in the beginning days of the war throu...

    WWII is not an a subject for which I have much enthusiasm. Blame it on all those WWII movies I watched as a kid and then add the History Channel, at least while it still carried history programming, and I guess I have just OD'd on the subject. Nevertheless, there are good histories ava...

    Smooth, well-written chronological summary of the naval aspects of War II. Not surprisingly, Symonds contends it wasn?t the bomb, nor code-breaking, nor radar that won the war: each of those explanations has been advanced in diverse books. Rather, it was U.S. technological prowess in...

    I try to keep looking for ways to interact with my kids in new ways. My son loves reading about military history, so I though I would add a book on that topic to my reading list. Reading it together would give us more things to talk about. Oxford University Press was kind enough to ...

    A massive synthesis of the emerging interpretations of naval warfare in World War II, more a narrative than an analysis, but not without insights. In particular, Symonds spends a decent amount of the book on logistics, ship construction, and amphibious warfare tactics. Not enough to bo...

    A good survey of the war at sea...a surprisingly fast read for such a heavy topic ...

    This well written book covers the naval war of World War II between the years 1939 and 1945. It offers a global perspective of the major engagements. The author expertly tells about the mechanics of warfare on the sea and explains about the nature of the war. The entire naval history o...

    ?World War II at Sea: a global history,? by Craig L. Symonds (Oxford, 2018). Yep, that?s what it is. Symonds was chair of the department of naval history at the US Naval Academy, where he is currently distinguished professor of maritime history. He carries his erudition lightly. ...

    World War II at Sea from Craig Symonds is a comprehensive (not exhaustive) history of the naval war in its entirety told chronologically. In other words, a section about the North Atlantic will be followed by a section on the Pacific if there were events that occurred simultaneously or...

    A global naval history of World War II, correlating events and developments across the globe over the course of the war while focussing the narrative on the war at sea, in all its many permutations. Most naval histories of World War II isolate themselves to particular battles, campaign...

    This was just excellent. I have read other WWII naval books that focused just on the Pacific or the North Atlantic, but as the author notes, it was hard to find a global overview to put everything in context. I thought he did an excellent job of staying focused on the naval warfare,...

    Craig Symonds, a lifelong Navy man, might be considered somewhat partial his own Service, but that partiality doesn't dim the brilliance of his survey of the crucial role played by Allied naval forces in World War II. He argues forcefully and persuasively that Allied naval superiority...

    A wonderfully readable magnum opus on the navel history (British, German, Japanese, Italian and American) of the Second World War. Very helpful maps and photographs add to the enjoyment of this work. I found the analysis of the importance of submarines, esp German U boats interesting, ...

    I received this book through a FirstReads giveaway on GoodReads. This well written single volume history of the naval campaigns of World War II begins with the author setting the stage for the global naval situation prior to the 1939 in the prologue and covering all naval actions of...

    A thorough review of military naval activity from all the major players of World War Two from the beginning of the conflict to the end. Symonds concisely serves up a massive amount of information in an engrossing and informative fashion, a testament both to his ability as a writer and ...

    Solid one-volume history that balances strategic analysis and the individual narrative nicely. Only gripe is the editing, which was very poor. Any ambitious history book has mistakes; but consistent errors in naval-specific issues is a bad look for a naval historian. The R-class battle...

    With war history I tend to gravitate towards personal stories or accounts of individual episodes, because military strategy and maneuvering tends to go over my simple little head. Or I am just too lazy to really concentrate on understanding it. No problems here. This book takes an enor...

    This is an extraordinary history book about WWII. It focuses on the Naval aspects of the War and deals with the German, British, American, Italian, and French navies. A comprehensive and well-written account of the naval actions during WWII. I especially liked that he didn't make ju...

    Excellent, one of the best WW2 books I've read. I've been studying WW2 most of my life but I still picked up a ton of nuggets. For instance, you read almost nothing about the Italian navy except they stunk. This book explains why they were unsuccessful and it certainly wasn't due to th...

    An excellent, easy-to-read history of naval warfare in WWII. It describes battles and strategy from all sides. It's also filled with little-known but fascinating details. For instance, some allied battles had to be postponed or even cancelled because of the lack of landing ships. The a...

    Logistics wins wars, and this book made the topic interesting It is rare to see a WWII history that so clearly shows how all of the pieces of a nation's capabilities, industrial, political as well as military, work together. The author has made this subject into a page turning book ...

  • Kenneth E Lanham
    Aug 09, 2018

    ?As if a giant hammer had smashed down on her amidships, the Hood broke in half, her bow jackknifing upward to a forty-five-degree angle while flames and smoke soared into the sky. Watching from the Bismarck, [Captain] Lindemann?s adjutant, Burkard Mullenheim-Rechberg, recalled see...

    With this volume, Dr. Symonds once again proves he is one of the best naval historians currently writing. In this narrative, he takes the reader through WWII at sea from the sinking of the British battleship HMS Royal Oak by a U-Boat at Scapa Flow in the beginning days of the war throu...

    WWII is not an a subject for which I have much enthusiasm. Blame it on all those WWII movies I watched as a kid and then add the History Channel, at least while it still carried history programming, and I guess I have just OD'd on the subject. Nevertheless, there are good histories ava...

    Smooth, well-written chronological summary of the naval aspects of War II. Not surprisingly, Symonds contends it wasn?t the bomb, nor code-breaking, nor radar that won the war: each of those explanations has been advanced in diverse books. Rather, it was U.S. technological prowess in...

    I try to keep looking for ways to interact with my kids in new ways. My son loves reading about military history, so I though I would add a book on that topic to my reading list. Reading it together would give us more things to talk about. Oxford University Press was kind enough to ...

    A massive synthesis of the emerging interpretations of naval warfare in World War II, more a narrative than an analysis, but not without insights. In particular, Symonds spends a decent amount of the book on logistics, ship construction, and amphibious warfare tactics. Not enough to bo...

    A good survey of the war at sea...a surprisingly fast read for such a heavy topic ...

    This well written book covers the naval war of World War II between the years 1939 and 1945. It offers a global perspective of the major engagements. The author expertly tells about the mechanics of warfare on the sea and explains about the nature of the war. The entire naval history o...

    ?World War II at Sea: a global history,? by Craig L. Symonds (Oxford, 2018). Yep, that?s what it is. Symonds was chair of the department of naval history at the US Naval Academy, where he is currently distinguished professor of maritime history. He carries his erudition lightly. ...

    World War II at Sea from Craig Symonds is a comprehensive (not exhaustive) history of the naval war in its entirety told chronologically. In other words, a section about the North Atlantic will be followed by a section on the Pacific if there were events that occurred simultaneously or...

    A global naval history of World War II, correlating events and developments across the globe over the course of the war while focussing the narrative on the war at sea, in all its many permutations. Most naval histories of World War II isolate themselves to particular battles, campaign...

    This was just excellent. I have read other WWII naval books that focused just on the Pacific or the North Atlantic, but as the author notes, it was hard to find a global overview to put everything in context. I thought he did an excellent job of staying focused on the naval warfare,...

    Craig Symonds, a lifelong Navy man, might be considered somewhat partial his own Service, but that partiality doesn't dim the brilliance of his survey of the crucial role played by Allied naval forces in World War II. He argues forcefully and persuasively that Allied naval superiority...

    A wonderfully readable magnum opus on the navel history (British, German, Japanese, Italian and American) of the Second World War. Very helpful maps and photographs add to the enjoyment of this work. I found the analysis of the importance of submarines, esp German U boats interesting, ...

    I received this book through a FirstReads giveaway on GoodReads. This well written single volume history of the naval campaigns of World War II begins with the author setting the stage for the global naval situation prior to the 1939 in the prologue and covering all naval actions of...

    A thorough review of military naval activity from all the major players of World War Two from the beginning of the conflict to the end. Symonds concisely serves up a massive amount of information in an engrossing and informative fashion, a testament both to his ability as a writer and ...

    Solid one-volume history that balances strategic analysis and the individual narrative nicely. Only gripe is the editing, which was very poor. Any ambitious history book has mistakes; but consistent errors in naval-specific issues is a bad look for a naval historian. The R-class battle...

    With war history I tend to gravitate towards personal stories or accounts of individual episodes, because military strategy and maneuvering tends to go over my simple little head. Or I am just too lazy to really concentrate on understanding it. No problems here. This book takes an enor...

    This is an extraordinary history book about WWII. It focuses on the Naval aspects of the War and deals with the German, British, American, Italian, and French navies. A comprehensive and well-written account of the naval actions during WWII. I especially liked that he didn't make ju...

    Excellent, one of the best WW2 books I've read. I've been studying WW2 most of my life but I still picked up a ton of nuggets. For instance, you read almost nothing about the Italian navy except they stunk. This book explains why they were unsuccessful and it certainly wasn't due to th...

    An excellent, easy-to-read history of naval warfare in WWII. It describes battles and strategy from all sides. It's also filled with little-known but fascinating details. For instance, some allied battles had to be postponed or even cancelled because of the lack of landing ships. The a...

    Logistics wins wars, and this book made the topic interesting It is rare to see a WWII history that so clearly shows how all of the pieces of a nation's capabilities, industrial, political as well as military, work together. The author has made this subject into a page turning book ...

    WW II at Sea: a full account of the global Naval history of WW2 Craig Symonds recounts all major battles at sea in WW II. He tells a little of character of all the major figures & goes on write about important happenings & relates important information not found elsewhere. I...

    Well written. Covers an enormous amount of material while remaining entertaining. Useful as a broad primer on the subject, which will lead you to read more on any specific operation that interest you, and as a means of viewing the whole war as one interconnected whole. As Symonds point...

    i enjoyed reading about WW II but mostly land battles, i.e. Iwo Jima, Okinawa, but anyone interested in the War at Sea this is a good book. Mr. Symonds does a fabulous job detailing the sea battles, i.e. the Battle of Midway, Battle of Leyte Gulf, the Navy's part in the landings at Oki...

    Excellent Single Volume History Of The War At Sea Notable for expansive treatment of the Italian Navy. There has to be limits to inclusiveness if the book is to remain a single volume. However areas that could have deserved more coverage include the fighting in the Indian Ocean, the...

  • Peter L
    May 29, 2018

    ?As if a giant hammer had smashed down on her amidships, the Hood broke in half, her bow jackknifing upward to a forty-five-degree angle while flames and smoke soared into the sky. Watching from the Bismarck, [Captain] Lindemann?s adjutant, Burkard Mullenheim-Rechberg, recalled see...

    With this volume, Dr. Symonds once again proves he is one of the best naval historians currently writing. In this narrative, he takes the reader through WWII at sea from the sinking of the British battleship HMS Royal Oak by a U-Boat at Scapa Flow in the beginning days of the war throu...

    WWII is not an a subject for which I have much enthusiasm. Blame it on all those WWII movies I watched as a kid and then add the History Channel, at least while it still carried history programming, and I guess I have just OD'd on the subject. Nevertheless, there are good histories ava...

    Smooth, well-written chronological summary of the naval aspects of War II. Not surprisingly, Symonds contends it wasn?t the bomb, nor code-breaking, nor radar that won the war: each of those explanations has been advanced in diverse books. Rather, it was U.S. technological prowess in...

    I try to keep looking for ways to interact with my kids in new ways. My son loves reading about military history, so I though I would add a book on that topic to my reading list. Reading it together would give us more things to talk about. Oxford University Press was kind enough to ...

    A massive synthesis of the emerging interpretations of naval warfare in World War II, more a narrative than an analysis, but not without insights. In particular, Symonds spends a decent amount of the book on logistics, ship construction, and amphibious warfare tactics. Not enough to bo...

    A good survey of the war at sea...a surprisingly fast read for such a heavy topic ...

    This well written book covers the naval war of World War II between the years 1939 and 1945. It offers a global perspective of the major engagements. The author expertly tells about the mechanics of warfare on the sea and explains about the nature of the war. The entire naval history o...

    ?World War II at Sea: a global history,? by Craig L. Symonds (Oxford, 2018). Yep, that?s what it is. Symonds was chair of the department of naval history at the US Naval Academy, where he is currently distinguished professor of maritime history. He carries his erudition lightly. ...

    World War II at Sea from Craig Symonds is a comprehensive (not exhaustive) history of the naval war in its entirety told chronologically. In other words, a section about the North Atlantic will be followed by a section on the Pacific if there were events that occurred simultaneously or...

    A global naval history of World War II, correlating events and developments across the globe over the course of the war while focussing the narrative on the war at sea, in all its many permutations. Most naval histories of World War II isolate themselves to particular battles, campaign...

    This was just excellent. I have read other WWII naval books that focused just on the Pacific or the North Atlantic, but as the author notes, it was hard to find a global overview to put everything in context. I thought he did an excellent job of staying focused on the naval warfare,...

    Craig Symonds, a lifelong Navy man, might be considered somewhat partial his own Service, but that partiality doesn't dim the brilliance of his survey of the crucial role played by Allied naval forces in World War II. He argues forcefully and persuasively that Allied naval superiority...

    A wonderfully readable magnum opus on the navel history (British, German, Japanese, Italian and American) of the Second World War. Very helpful maps and photographs add to the enjoyment of this work. I found the analysis of the importance of submarines, esp German U boats interesting, ...

    I received this book through a FirstReads giveaway on GoodReads. This well written single volume history of the naval campaigns of World War II begins with the author setting the stage for the global naval situation prior to the 1939 in the prologue and covering all naval actions of...

    A thorough review of military naval activity from all the major players of World War Two from the beginning of the conflict to the end. Symonds concisely serves up a massive amount of information in an engrossing and informative fashion, a testament both to his ability as a writer and ...

    Solid one-volume history that balances strategic analysis and the individual narrative nicely. Only gripe is the editing, which was very poor. Any ambitious history book has mistakes; but consistent errors in naval-specific issues is a bad look for a naval historian. The R-class battle...

    With war history I tend to gravitate towards personal stories or accounts of individual episodes, because military strategy and maneuvering tends to go over my simple little head. Or I am just too lazy to really concentrate on understanding it. No problems here. This book takes an enor...

    This is an extraordinary history book about WWII. It focuses on the Naval aspects of the War and deals with the German, British, American, Italian, and French navies. A comprehensive and well-written account of the naval actions during WWII. I especially liked that he didn't make ju...

    Excellent, one of the best WW2 books I've read. I've been studying WW2 most of my life but I still picked up a ton of nuggets. For instance, you read almost nothing about the Italian navy except they stunk. This book explains why they were unsuccessful and it certainly wasn't due to th...

    An excellent, easy-to-read history of naval warfare in WWII. It describes battles and strategy from all sides. It's also filled with little-known but fascinating details. For instance, some allied battles had to be postponed or even cancelled because of the lack of landing ships. The a...

    Logistics wins wars, and this book made the topic interesting It is rare to see a WWII history that so clearly shows how all of the pieces of a nation's capabilities, industrial, political as well as military, work together. The author has made this subject into a page turning book ...

    WW II at Sea: a full account of the global Naval history of WW2 Craig Symonds recounts all major battles at sea in WW II. He tells a little of character of all the major figures & goes on write about important happenings & relates important information not found elsewhere. I...

  • Grouchy Historian
    May 10, 2018

    ?As if a giant hammer had smashed down on her amidships, the Hood broke in half, her bow jackknifing upward to a forty-five-degree angle while flames and smoke soared into the sky. Watching from the Bismarck, [Captain] Lindemann?s adjutant, Burkard Mullenheim-Rechberg, recalled see...

    With this volume, Dr. Symonds once again proves he is one of the best naval historians currently writing. In this narrative, he takes the reader through WWII at sea from the sinking of the British battleship HMS Royal Oak by a U-Boat at Scapa Flow in the beginning days of the war throu...

    WWII is not an a subject for which I have much enthusiasm. Blame it on all those WWII movies I watched as a kid and then add the History Channel, at least while it still carried history programming, and I guess I have just OD'd on the subject. Nevertheless, there are good histories ava...

    Smooth, well-written chronological summary of the naval aspects of War II. Not surprisingly, Symonds contends it wasn?t the bomb, nor code-breaking, nor radar that won the war: each of those explanations has been advanced in diverse books. Rather, it was U.S. technological prowess in...

    I try to keep looking for ways to interact with my kids in new ways. My son loves reading about military history, so I though I would add a book on that topic to my reading list. Reading it together would give us more things to talk about. Oxford University Press was kind enough to ...

    A massive synthesis of the emerging interpretations of naval warfare in World War II, more a narrative than an analysis, but not without insights. In particular, Symonds spends a decent amount of the book on logistics, ship construction, and amphibious warfare tactics. Not enough to bo...

    A good survey of the war at sea...a surprisingly fast read for such a heavy topic ...

    This well written book covers the naval war of World War II between the years 1939 and 1945. It offers a global perspective of the major engagements. The author expertly tells about the mechanics of warfare on the sea and explains about the nature of the war. The entire naval history o...

    ?World War II at Sea: a global history,? by Craig L. Symonds (Oxford, 2018). Yep, that?s what it is. Symonds was chair of the department of naval history at the US Naval Academy, where he is currently distinguished professor of maritime history. He carries his erudition lightly. ...

    World War II at Sea from Craig Symonds is a comprehensive (not exhaustive) history of the naval war in its entirety told chronologically. In other words, a section about the North Atlantic will be followed by a section on the Pacific if there were events that occurred simultaneously or...

    A global naval history of World War II, correlating events and developments across the globe over the course of the war while focussing the narrative on the war at sea, in all its many permutations. Most naval histories of World War II isolate themselves to particular battles, campaign...

    This was just excellent. I have read other WWII naval books that focused just on the Pacific or the North Atlantic, but as the author notes, it was hard to find a global overview to put everything in context. I thought he did an excellent job of staying focused on the naval warfare,...

    Craig Symonds, a lifelong Navy man, might be considered somewhat partial his own Service, but that partiality doesn't dim the brilliance of his survey of the crucial role played by Allied naval forces in World War II. He argues forcefully and persuasively that Allied naval superiority...

    A wonderfully readable magnum opus on the navel history (British, German, Japanese, Italian and American) of the Second World War. Very helpful maps and photographs add to the enjoyment of this work. I found the analysis of the importance of submarines, esp German U boats interesting, ...

    I received this book through a FirstReads giveaway on GoodReads. This well written single volume history of the naval campaigns of World War II begins with the author setting the stage for the global naval situation prior to the 1939 in the prologue and covering all naval actions of...

    A thorough review of military naval activity from all the major players of World War Two from the beginning of the conflict to the end. Symonds concisely serves up a massive amount of information in an engrossing and informative fashion, a testament both to his ability as a writer and ...

    Solid one-volume history that balances strategic analysis and the individual narrative nicely. Only gripe is the editing, which was very poor. Any ambitious history book has mistakes; but consistent errors in naval-specific issues is a bad look for a naval historian. The R-class battle...

    With war history I tend to gravitate towards personal stories or accounts of individual episodes, because military strategy and maneuvering tends to go over my simple little head. Or I am just too lazy to really concentrate on understanding it. No problems here. This book takes an enor...

    This is an extraordinary history book about WWII. It focuses on the Naval aspects of the War and deals with the German, British, American, Italian, and French navies. A comprehensive and well-written account of the naval actions during WWII. I especially liked that he didn't make ju...

    Excellent, one of the best WW2 books I've read. I've been studying WW2 most of my life but I still picked up a ton of nuggets. For instance, you read almost nothing about the Italian navy except they stunk. This book explains why they were unsuccessful and it certainly wasn't due to th...

    An excellent, easy-to-read history of naval warfare in WWII. It describes battles and strategy from all sides. It's also filled with little-known but fascinating details. For instance, some allied battles had to be postponed or even cancelled because of the lack of landing ships. The a...

    Logistics wins wars, and this book made the topic interesting It is rare to see a WWII history that so clearly shows how all of the pieces of a nation's capabilities, industrial, political as well as military, work together. The author has made this subject into a page turning book ...

    WW II at Sea: a full account of the global Naval history of WW2 Craig Symonds recounts all major battles at sea in WW II. He tells a little of character of all the major figures & goes on write about important happenings & relates important information not found elsewhere. I...

    Well written. Covers an enormous amount of material while remaining entertaining. Useful as a broad primer on the subject, which will lead you to read more on any specific operation that interest you, and as a means of viewing the whole war as one interconnected whole. As Symonds point...

    i enjoyed reading about WW II but mostly land battles, i.e. Iwo Jima, Okinawa, but anyone interested in the War at Sea this is a good book. Mr. Symonds does a fabulous job detailing the sea battles, i.e. the Battle of Midway, Battle of Leyte Gulf, the Navy's part in the landings at Oki...

    Excellent Single Volume History Of The War At Sea Notable for expansive treatment of the Italian Navy. There has to be limits to inclusiveness if the book is to remain a single volume. However areas that could have deserved more coverage include the fighting in the Indian Ocean, the...

    Craig Symonds did the impossible, he synthesized a cogent, readable insightful and relatively short at a little over 600 pages of text, on the world wide naval aspects of World War Two. A masterpiece which contributes a scholarly naval history of the war. I encourage those to read who ...

    A good introduction/summary of the topic (though, what does that mean when the text of the book is 650 pages in length?). Tends to cover the topic from a U. S. viewpoint, and one of the feelings I'm left with is "is this fair to the other combatants?". Still, the author does a good j...

    On the surface it seems like a very dense read, but this book is engaging and before you know it, you'll be 50 pages in and eager for more. It truly is a wonderful overview of WW2 sea battles and strategy - yet it mixes perspectives of seamen and admirals to paint a great picture of wh...

    Absolutely magnificent. A single volume history of the naval campaigns of World War 2 that has just enough detail. What makes this book really stand out is how the author ties together the world-wide nature of the naval campaign, something rarely done well an any history of World War 2...

  • CoachJim
    Dec 24, 2018

    ?As if a giant hammer had smashed down on her amidships, the Hood broke in half, her bow jackknifing upward to a forty-five-degree angle while flames and smoke soared into the sky. Watching from the Bismarck, [Captain] Lindemann?s adjutant, Burkard Mullenheim-Rechberg, recalled see...

    With this volume, Dr. Symonds once again proves he is one of the best naval historians currently writing. In this narrative, he takes the reader through WWII at sea from the sinking of the British battleship HMS Royal Oak by a U-Boat at Scapa Flow in the beginning days of the war throu...

    WWII is not an a subject for which I have much enthusiasm. Blame it on all those WWII movies I watched as a kid and then add the History Channel, at least while it still carried history programming, and I guess I have just OD'd on the subject. Nevertheless, there are good histories ava...

    Smooth, well-written chronological summary of the naval aspects of War II. Not surprisingly, Symonds contends it wasn?t the bomb, nor code-breaking, nor radar that won the war: each of those explanations has been advanced in diverse books. Rather, it was U.S. technological prowess in...

    I try to keep looking for ways to interact with my kids in new ways. My son loves reading about military history, so I though I would add a book on that topic to my reading list. Reading it together would give us more things to talk about. Oxford University Press was kind enough to ...

    A massive synthesis of the emerging interpretations of naval warfare in World War II, more a narrative than an analysis, but not without insights. In particular, Symonds spends a decent amount of the book on logistics, ship construction, and amphibious warfare tactics. Not enough to bo...

    A good survey of the war at sea...a surprisingly fast read for such a heavy topic ...

    This well written book covers the naval war of World War II between the years 1939 and 1945. It offers a global perspective of the major engagements. The author expertly tells about the mechanics of warfare on the sea and explains about the nature of the war. The entire naval history o...

    ?World War II at Sea: a global history,? by Craig L. Symonds (Oxford, 2018). Yep, that?s what it is. Symonds was chair of the department of naval history at the US Naval Academy, where he is currently distinguished professor of maritime history. He carries his erudition lightly. ...

    World War II at Sea from Craig Symonds is a comprehensive (not exhaustive) history of the naval war in its entirety told chronologically. In other words, a section about the North Atlantic will be followed by a section on the Pacific if there were events that occurred simultaneously or...

    A global naval history of World War II, correlating events and developments across the globe over the course of the war while focussing the narrative on the war at sea, in all its many permutations. Most naval histories of World War II isolate themselves to particular battles, campaign...

    This was just excellent. I have read other WWII naval books that focused just on the Pacific or the North Atlantic, but as the author notes, it was hard to find a global overview to put everything in context. I thought he did an excellent job of staying focused on the naval warfare,...

    Craig Symonds, a lifelong Navy man, might be considered somewhat partial his own Service, but that partiality doesn't dim the brilliance of his survey of the crucial role played by Allied naval forces in World War II. He argues forcefully and persuasively that Allied naval superiority...

    A wonderfully readable magnum opus on the navel history (British, German, Japanese, Italian and American) of the Second World War. Very helpful maps and photographs add to the enjoyment of this work. I found the analysis of the importance of submarines, esp German U boats interesting, ...

    I received this book through a FirstReads giveaway on GoodReads. This well written single volume history of the naval campaigns of World War II begins with the author setting the stage for the global naval situation prior to the 1939 in the prologue and covering all naval actions of...

    A thorough review of military naval activity from all the major players of World War Two from the beginning of the conflict to the end. Symonds concisely serves up a massive amount of information in an engrossing and informative fashion, a testament both to his ability as a writer and ...

    Solid one-volume history that balances strategic analysis and the individual narrative nicely. Only gripe is the editing, which was very poor. Any ambitious history book has mistakes; but consistent errors in naval-specific issues is a bad look for a naval historian. The R-class battle...

    With war history I tend to gravitate towards personal stories or accounts of individual episodes, because military strategy and maneuvering tends to go over my simple little head. Or I am just too lazy to really concentrate on understanding it. No problems here. This book takes an enor...

    This is an extraordinary history book about WWII. It focuses on the Naval aspects of the War and deals with the German, British, American, Italian, and French navies. A comprehensive and well-written account of the naval actions during WWII. I especially liked that he didn't make ju...

  • Billie
    May 22, 2018

    ?As if a giant hammer had smashed down on her amidships, the Hood broke in half, her bow jackknifing upward to a forty-five-degree angle while flames and smoke soared into the sky. Watching from the Bismarck, [Captain] Lindemann?s adjutant, Burkard Mullenheim-Rechberg, recalled see...

    With this volume, Dr. Symonds once again proves he is one of the best naval historians currently writing. In this narrative, he takes the reader through WWII at sea from the sinking of the British battleship HMS Royal Oak by a U-Boat at Scapa Flow in the beginning days of the war throu...

    WWII is not an a subject for which I have much enthusiasm. Blame it on all those WWII movies I watched as a kid and then add the History Channel, at least while it still carried history programming, and I guess I have just OD'd on the subject. Nevertheless, there are good histories ava...

    Smooth, well-written chronological summary of the naval aspects of War II. Not surprisingly, Symonds contends it wasn?t the bomb, nor code-breaking, nor radar that won the war: each of those explanations has been advanced in diverse books. Rather, it was U.S. technological prowess in...

    I try to keep looking for ways to interact with my kids in new ways. My son loves reading about military history, so I though I would add a book on that topic to my reading list. Reading it together would give us more things to talk about. Oxford University Press was kind enough to ...

    A massive synthesis of the emerging interpretations of naval warfare in World War II, more a narrative than an analysis, but not without insights. In particular, Symonds spends a decent amount of the book on logistics, ship construction, and amphibious warfare tactics. Not enough to bo...

    A good survey of the war at sea...a surprisingly fast read for such a heavy topic ...

    This well written book covers the naval war of World War II between the years 1939 and 1945. It offers a global perspective of the major engagements. The author expertly tells about the mechanics of warfare on the sea and explains about the nature of the war. The entire naval history o...

  • David Shaffer
    Sep 07, 2018

    ?As if a giant hammer had smashed down on her amidships, the Hood broke in half, her bow jackknifing upward to a forty-five-degree angle while flames and smoke soared into the sky. Watching from the Bismarck, [Captain] Lindemann?s adjutant, Burkard Mullenheim-Rechberg, recalled see...

    With this volume, Dr. Symonds once again proves he is one of the best naval historians currently writing. In this narrative, he takes the reader through WWII at sea from the sinking of the British battleship HMS Royal Oak by a U-Boat at Scapa Flow in the beginning days of the war throu...

    WWII is not an a subject for which I have much enthusiasm. Blame it on all those WWII movies I watched as a kid and then add the History Channel, at least while it still carried history programming, and I guess I have just OD'd on the subject. Nevertheless, there are good histories ava...

    Smooth, well-written chronological summary of the naval aspects of War II. Not surprisingly, Symonds contends it wasn?t the bomb, nor code-breaking, nor radar that won the war: each of those explanations has been advanced in diverse books. Rather, it was U.S. technological prowess in...

    I try to keep looking for ways to interact with my kids in new ways. My son loves reading about military history, so I though I would add a book on that topic to my reading list. Reading it together would give us more things to talk about. Oxford University Press was kind enough to ...

    A massive synthesis of the emerging interpretations of naval warfare in World War II, more a narrative than an analysis, but not without insights. In particular, Symonds spends a decent amount of the book on logistics, ship construction, and amphibious warfare tactics. Not enough to bo...

    A good survey of the war at sea...a surprisingly fast read for such a heavy topic ...

    This well written book covers the naval war of World War II between the years 1939 and 1945. It offers a global perspective of the major engagements. The author expertly tells about the mechanics of warfare on the sea and explains about the nature of the war. The entire naval history o...

    ?World War II at Sea: a global history,? by Craig L. Symonds (Oxford, 2018). Yep, that?s what it is. Symonds was chair of the department of naval history at the US Naval Academy, where he is currently distinguished professor of maritime history. He carries his erudition lightly. ...

    World War II at Sea from Craig Symonds is a comprehensive (not exhaustive) history of the naval war in its entirety told chronologically. In other words, a section about the North Atlantic will be followed by a section on the Pacific if there were events that occurred simultaneously or...

    A global naval history of World War II, correlating events and developments across the globe over the course of the war while focussing the narrative on the war at sea, in all its many permutations. Most naval histories of World War II isolate themselves to particular battles, campaign...

    This was just excellent. I have read other WWII naval books that focused just on the Pacific or the North Atlantic, but as the author notes, it was hard to find a global overview to put everything in context. I thought he did an excellent job of staying focused on the naval warfare,...

    Craig Symonds, a lifelong Navy man, might be considered somewhat partial his own Service, but that partiality doesn't dim the brilliance of his survey of the crucial role played by Allied naval forces in World War II. He argues forcefully and persuasively that Allied naval superiority...

    A wonderfully readable magnum opus on the navel history (British, German, Japanese, Italian and American) of the Second World War. Very helpful maps and photographs add to the enjoyment of this work. I found the analysis of the importance of submarines, esp German U boats interesting, ...

    I received this book through a FirstReads giveaway on GoodReads. This well written single volume history of the naval campaigns of World War II begins with the author setting the stage for the global naval situation prior to the 1939 in the prologue and covering all naval actions of...

    A thorough review of military naval activity from all the major players of World War Two from the beginning of the conflict to the end. Symonds concisely serves up a massive amount of information in an engrossing and informative fashion, a testament both to his ability as a writer and ...

    Solid one-volume history that balances strategic analysis and the individual narrative nicely. Only gripe is the editing, which was very poor. Any ambitious history book has mistakes; but consistent errors in naval-specific issues is a bad look for a naval historian. The R-class battle...

    With war history I tend to gravitate towards personal stories or accounts of individual episodes, because military strategy and maneuvering tends to go over my simple little head. Or I am just too lazy to really concentrate on understanding it. No problems here. This book takes an enor...

    This is an extraordinary history book about WWII. It focuses on the Naval aspects of the War and deals with the German, British, American, Italian, and French navies. A comprehensive and well-written account of the naval actions during WWII. I especially liked that he didn't make ju...

    Excellent, one of the best WW2 books I've read. I've been studying WW2 most of my life but I still picked up a ton of nuggets. For instance, you read almost nothing about the Italian navy except they stunk. This book explains why they were unsuccessful and it certainly wasn't due to th...

    An excellent, easy-to-read history of naval warfare in WWII. It describes battles and strategy from all sides. It's also filled with little-known but fascinating details. For instance, some allied battles had to be postponed or even cancelled because of the lack of landing ships. The a...

    Logistics wins wars, and this book made the topic interesting It is rare to see a WWII history that so clearly shows how all of the pieces of a nation's capabilities, industrial, political as well as military, work together. The author has made this subject into a page turning book ...

    WW II at Sea: a full account of the global Naval history of WW2 Craig Symonds recounts all major battles at sea in WW II. He tells a little of character of all the major figures & goes on write about important happenings & relates important information not found elsewhere. I...

    Well written. Covers an enormous amount of material while remaining entertaining. Useful as a broad primer on the subject, which will lead you to read more on any specific operation that interest you, and as a means of viewing the whole war as one interconnected whole. As Symonds point...

    i enjoyed reading about WW II but mostly land battles, i.e. Iwo Jima, Okinawa, but anyone interested in the War at Sea this is a good book. Mr. Symonds does a fabulous job detailing the sea battles, i.e. the Battle of Midway, Battle of Leyte Gulf, the Navy's part in the landings at Oki...

    Excellent Single Volume History Of The War At Sea Notable for expansive treatment of the Italian Navy. There has to be limits to inclusiveness if the book is to remain a single volume. However areas that could have deserved more coverage include the fighting in the Indian Ocean, the...

    Craig Symonds did the impossible, he synthesized a cogent, readable insightful and relatively short at a little over 600 pages of text, on the world wide naval aspects of World War Two. A masterpiece which contributes a scholarly naval history of the war. I encourage those to read who ...

  • Frank Minich
    Feb 15, 2019

    ?As if a giant hammer had smashed down on her amidships, the Hood broke in half, her bow jackknifing upward to a forty-five-degree angle while flames and smoke soared into the sky. Watching from the Bismarck, [Captain] Lindemann?s adjutant, Burkard Mullenheim-Rechberg, recalled see...

    With this volume, Dr. Symonds once again proves he is one of the best naval historians currently writing. In this narrative, he takes the reader through WWII at sea from the sinking of the British battleship HMS Royal Oak by a U-Boat at Scapa Flow in the beginning days of the war throu...

    WWII is not an a subject for which I have much enthusiasm. Blame it on all those WWII movies I watched as a kid and then add the History Channel, at least while it still carried history programming, and I guess I have just OD'd on the subject. Nevertheless, there are good histories ava...

    Smooth, well-written chronological summary of the naval aspects of War II. Not surprisingly, Symonds contends it wasn?t the bomb, nor code-breaking, nor radar that won the war: each of those explanations has been advanced in diverse books. Rather, it was U.S. technological prowess in...

    I try to keep looking for ways to interact with my kids in new ways. My son loves reading about military history, so I though I would add a book on that topic to my reading list. Reading it together would give us more things to talk about. Oxford University Press was kind enough to ...

    A massive synthesis of the emerging interpretations of naval warfare in World War II, more a narrative than an analysis, but not without insights. In particular, Symonds spends a decent amount of the book on logistics, ship construction, and amphibious warfare tactics. Not enough to bo...

    A good survey of the war at sea...a surprisingly fast read for such a heavy topic ...

    This well written book covers the naval war of World War II between the years 1939 and 1945. It offers a global perspective of the major engagements. The author expertly tells about the mechanics of warfare on the sea and explains about the nature of the war. The entire naval history o...

    ?World War II at Sea: a global history,? by Craig L. Symonds (Oxford, 2018). Yep, that?s what it is. Symonds was chair of the department of naval history at the US Naval Academy, where he is currently distinguished professor of maritime history. He carries his erudition lightly. ...

    World War II at Sea from Craig Symonds is a comprehensive (not exhaustive) history of the naval war in its entirety told chronologically. In other words, a section about the North Atlantic will be followed by a section on the Pacific if there were events that occurred simultaneously or...

    A global naval history of World War II, correlating events and developments across the globe over the course of the war while focussing the narrative on the war at sea, in all its many permutations. Most naval histories of World War II isolate themselves to particular battles, campaign...

    This was just excellent. I have read other WWII naval books that focused just on the Pacific or the North Atlantic, but as the author notes, it was hard to find a global overview to put everything in context. I thought he did an excellent job of staying focused on the naval warfare,...

    Craig Symonds, a lifelong Navy man, might be considered somewhat partial his own Service, but that partiality doesn't dim the brilliance of his survey of the crucial role played by Allied naval forces in World War II. He argues forcefully and persuasively that Allied naval superiority...

    A wonderfully readable magnum opus on the navel history (British, German, Japanese, Italian and American) of the Second World War. Very helpful maps and photographs add to the enjoyment of this work. I found the analysis of the importance of submarines, esp German U boats interesting, ...

    I received this book through a FirstReads giveaway on GoodReads. This well written single volume history of the naval campaigns of World War II begins with the author setting the stage for the global naval situation prior to the 1939 in the prologue and covering all naval actions of...

    A thorough review of military naval activity from all the major players of World War Two from the beginning of the conflict to the end. Symonds concisely serves up a massive amount of information in an engrossing and informative fashion, a testament both to his ability as a writer and ...

    Solid one-volume history that balances strategic analysis and the individual narrative nicely. Only gripe is the editing, which was very poor. Any ambitious history book has mistakes; but consistent errors in naval-specific issues is a bad look for a naval historian. The R-class battle...

    With war history I tend to gravitate towards personal stories or accounts of individual episodes, because military strategy and maneuvering tends to go over my simple little head. Or I am just too lazy to really concentrate on understanding it. No problems here. This book takes an enor...

    This is an extraordinary history book about WWII. It focuses on the Naval aspects of the War and deals with the German, British, American, Italian, and French navies. A comprehensive and well-written account of the naval actions during WWII. I especially liked that he didn't make ju...

    Excellent, one of the best WW2 books I've read. I've been studying WW2 most of my life but I still picked up a ton of nuggets. For instance, you read almost nothing about the Italian navy except they stunk. This book explains why they were unsuccessful and it certainly wasn't due to th...

    An excellent, easy-to-read history of naval warfare in WWII. It describes battles and strategy from all sides. It's also filled with little-known but fascinating details. For instance, some allied battles had to be postponed or even cancelled because of the lack of landing ships. The a...

    Logistics wins wars, and this book made the topic interesting It is rare to see a WWII history that so clearly shows how all of the pieces of a nation's capabilities, industrial, political as well as military, work together. The author has made this subject into a page turning book ...

    WW II at Sea: a full account of the global Naval history of WW2 Craig Symonds recounts all major battles at sea in WW II. He tells a little of character of all the major figures & goes on write about important happenings & relates important information not found elsewhere. I...

    Well written. Covers an enormous amount of material while remaining entertaining. Useful as a broad primer on the subject, which will lead you to read more on any specific operation that interest you, and as a means of viewing the whole war as one interconnected whole. As Symonds point...

    i enjoyed reading about WW II but mostly land battles, i.e. Iwo Jima, Okinawa, but anyone interested in the War at Sea this is a good book. Mr. Symonds does a fabulous job detailing the sea battles, i.e. the Battle of Midway, Battle of Leyte Gulf, the Navy's part in the landings at Oki...

    Excellent Single Volume History Of The War At Sea Notable for expansive treatment of the Italian Navy. There has to be limits to inclusiveness if the book is to remain a single volume. However areas that could have deserved more coverage include the fighting in the Indian Ocean, the...

    Craig Symonds did the impossible, he synthesized a cogent, readable insightful and relatively short at a little over 600 pages of text, on the world wide naval aspects of World War Two. A masterpiece which contributes a scholarly naval history of the war. I encourage those to read who ...

    A good introduction/summary of the topic (though, what does that mean when the text of the book is 650 pages in length?). Tends to cover the topic from a U. S. viewpoint, and one of the feelings I'm left with is "is this fair to the other combatants?". Still, the author does a good j...