Sea History 092 - Spring 2000

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is much more than another submarine story. The book is written as a loose autobiography and as a com panion piece to his United States Navy, 200 Years. It starts with Beach's upbringing as the so n of a distinguished battleship commander, his life at Annapolis and then his various duty posts as he worked his way up the promotional ladder and into nuclear submarines. Along the way he covers in some detail an interesting collection of naval happenings unknown to most of us. His description of and comments on events in the Pacific starting with the aborted relief of Wake Island and ending with the loss of Ho uston and almost all the other ships in the combined Allied command are most interesting. His take on Admiral Chester Nimitz and his management of the Pacific war at sea are fascinating as an educated commentary of those well-chronicled but not-so-well-commented-upon times. His chapter on the 1949 " revolt of the admirals" and th e role played by Admiral Arleigh Burke, then a captain on Pentagon duty, is a treasure in itself, with details of the events that are certainly new to me. All through the book Beach's incisive mind and judgment tempered b y h is long experience present new insights and ideas. It is a very readable and most personable chronicle of a distinguished career. TOWNSEND HORNOR Osterville, Massachusetts

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Annapolis MD, 1999, 185pp, illus, notes, inde x, biblio, ISB N 1-55 75 0-845-3 ; $32.95hc) This book offers highlights of the history of Alexander Hamilton's Revenue Cutter Service from 179 0 to the rwenrieth century. The reader travels to Alaska and its purchase from Russia in 1867, when the first patrol of the new territory was done by the Revenue Cutter Lincoln to Sitka and then westward to Unalaska setting the pattern for future patrols that wo uld last for almost a century. With little or no communication possible over a vast area of land and sea, the cutters were, for all practical purposes, the US government. They carried out law en forcement, provided trans-

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