Victory at Sea Naval Power and the Transformation of the Global Order in World War II Paul Kennedy, Ian Marshall (Illustrated by)

Publication date:
26 Apr 2022
Yale University Press
544 pages: 254 x 178mm
83 color illus.
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A sweeping, lavishly illustrated one-volume history of the rise of American naval power during World War II

In this engaging narrative, brought to life by marine artist Ian Marshall’s beautiful full-color paintings, historian Paul Kennedy grapples with the rise and fall of the Great Powers during World War II. Tracking the movements of the six major navies of the Second World War—the allied navies of Britain, France, and the United States and the Axis navies of Germany, Italy, and Japan—Kennedy tells a story of naval battles, maritime campaigns, convoys, amphibious landings, and strikes from the sea. From the elimination of the Italian, German, and Japanese fleets and almost all of the French fleet, to the end of the era of the big-gunned surface vessel, the advent of the atomic bomb, and the rise of an American economic and military power larger than anything the world had ever seen, Kennedy shows how the strategic landscape for naval affairs was completely altered between 1936 and 1946.

Paul Kennedy is J. Richardson Dilworth Professor of History and director of International Security Studies at Yale University. He is the author of Grand Strategies in War and Peace, From War to Peace, and Engineers of Victory: The Problem Solvers Who Turned the Tide in the Second World War. Ian Marshall was a fellow and past president of the American Society of Marine Arts.

“A brilliant and gripping book by a master historian working at the top of his powers.”—Fredrik Logevall, Harvard University

"Paul Kennedy has written a classic in this sweeping narrative account of the desperate struggle to command the seas and America’s rise as a superpower during the Second World War."—John H. Maurer, U.S. Naval War College

"This extraordinary work of both global history and nautical art brings two brilliant minds together in Paul Kennedy's luminous prose and Ian Marshall's lovely paintings."—Admiral James Stavridis, author of 2034: A Novel of the Next World War

“In Victory at Sea, Paul Kennedy demonstrates why he is the world’s leading scholar on naval strategy. For serious students of World War II or naval history, this book is a must read.”—John J. Mearsheimer, University of Chicago