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The War for the Seas: A Maritime History of World War II

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I have just finished reading this most impressive book by Evan Mawdsley. Published by Yale University Press in 2019. This is a thoughtful and balanced account of just about all naval actions in World War II. One of the things I liked about it is that the less glamorous aspects of naval warfare, such as convoy duty, are given proper recognition for their contribution to victory. Mawdsley also offers assessments of strategic and tactical decisions at important junctures, and he makes every attempt to be fair to officers who often had to make decisions in less than ideal circumstances. The book runs to 478 pages, followed by numerous footnotes. Allow more than a weekend for it.
 
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