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Samuel Eliot Morison (1887–1976)

Forfatter af The Oxford History of the American People

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Samuel Eliot Morison was born in Boston in 1887. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1912 and began teaching history there in 1915, becoming full professor in 1925 and Jonathan Trumbull professor of American history in 1941. He served as the university's official historian and wrote a vis mere three-volume history of the institution, the Tercentennial History of Harvard College and University, which was completed in 1936. Between 1922 and 1925 he was Harmsworth professor of American history at Oxford. He also was an accomplished sailor who retired from the navy in 1951 as a rear admiral. In preparing for his Pulitzer Prize-winning biographies of Christopher Columbus and John Paul Jones, Admiral of the Ocean Sea (1941) and John Paul Jones: A Sailor's Biography (1952) he took himself out of the study and onto the high seas, where he traced the voyages of his subjects and "lived" their stories insofar as possible. When it came time for the U.S. Navy to select an author to write a history of its operations in World War II, Morison was the natural choice for the task. In 1942, Morison was commissioned by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to write a history of U.S. naval operations in World War II and given the rank of lieutenant commander. The 15 volumes of his History of United States Naval Operations in World War II appeared between 1947 and 1962. Although he retired from Harvard in 1955, Morison continued his research and writing. A product of the Brahmin tradition, Morison wrote about Bostonians and other New Englanders and about life in early Massachusetts. He was an "American historian" in the fullest sense of the term. He also had a keen appreciation for the larger history of the nation and world, provincial is the last word one would use to describe Morison's writing. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre
Image credit: Samuel Eliot Morison (1887-1976) "Navy file photo of Rear Adm. Samuel Eliot Morison, USNR, the eminent naval and maritime historian and Pulitzer prize winning author."


Værker af Samuel Eliot Morison

Christopher Columbus, Mariner (1942) 302 eksemplarer
Leyte, June 1944-January 1945 (1958) 195 eksemplarer
The growth of the American Republic (1930) 170 eksemplarer
Victory in the Pacific, 1945 (1960) 168 eksemplarer
Builders of the Bay Colony (1930) 131 eksemplarer
One boy's Boston, 1887-1901 (1962) 44 eksemplarer
Strategy and compromise (1958) 38 eksemplarer
The Francis Parkman Reader (1955) 37 eksemplarer
The Founding of Harvard College (1935) 36 eksemplarer
Spring Tides (1965) 30 eksemplarer
Dissent in Three American Wars (1970) 19 eksemplarer
The Caribbean as Columbus saw it (1964) 13 eksemplarer
An hour of American history (1960) 10 eksemplarer
The Parkman Reader (1955) — Redaktør; Introduktion — 9 eksemplarer
Vistas of History (1964) 8 eksemplarer
Guadalcanal (2019) 1 eksemplar
American Neptune 1 eksemplar
A Woman's Life 1 eksemplar

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Family Treasury of Great Biographies Volume 05 (1970) — Forfatter — 23 eksemplarer
Battle: True Stories of Combat in World War II (1965) — Bidragyder — 20 eksemplarer
The Saturday evening post book of the sea and ships (1978) — Bidragyder — 16 eksemplarer

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Just what it says. Near contemporaneous narrative history. Familiar ground but well told. Casual racism throughout.

Especially appreciated the submarine action reports, need to get to Silent Victory.
kcshankd | Aug 19, 2023 |
Accidently started to read, and couldn't put down. Near contemporary narrative history. Started to collect the set through a book club in high school some 30+ years ago, reunited when mom cleaned out a storage unit.

Starts with an 80-page prelude to the war, covers the opening attacks, Coral Sea, and through the Doolittle raid.

Casual racism throughout.
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kcshankd | 2 andre anmeldelser | Aug 19, 2023 |
The result was a normal historical work, not a prescribed official history. Limitations of the History of U.S. Naval Operations are mostly due to its shortened period of publication. Some material, especially related to codebreaking, was still classified, and later in-depth research into particular occurrences in the war did clarify points that had been passed over rather lightly. Some rewriting was incorporated in the later printings of this series. This History of U.S. Naval Operations also intentionally avoided a certain amount of analysis, for instance deferring to other works for the causes of the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor. The intended audience for the work, to quote from the preface, was "the general reader rather than the professional sailor."
MISSING: #2. Operations in North African Waters: October 1942 – June 1943
#4. Coral Sea, Midway, and Submarine Actions: May 1942 – August 1942
#8. New Guinea and the Marianas: March 1944 – August 1944
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MasseyLibrary | 2 andre anmeldelser | Mar 5, 2023 |



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