Naval historian Ian Toll is quickly becoming a favorite with history readers at the Nichols Library. “Six Frigates” details the creation of an American navy. He remains readers that when our country was founded, it had neither crews nor ships to patrol its coast or defend merchantmen. But threats to traders led Congress to commission six frigates, which soon saw action against pirates on the Barbary Coast and the British fleet. In Pacific Crucible, Toll covers war at sea in the Pacific from Pearl Harbor to Midway. He explains the deteriorating relations which lead to war, the strategic decision to attack Pearl, America’s earliest efforts to strike back, and the crucial Battle of Midway, which crippled Japan’s carrier fleet. Coming in September, The Conquering Tide will follow America’s counter-offensive, which culminated in Japan’s irreversible strategic defeat in the Marianas.
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