Home' Ausmarine : January 2011 Contents THE GEOLOGY OF AUSTRALIA
By DAVID JOHNSON
What, you may well ask, is a review of a
geology text doing here.
Well, the simple fact is that much
modern shipping and marine activity around Australia is now
related to the exploration for, exploitation or transport of various
kinds of minerals.
This is a very clearly, carefully and simply produced book that
explains more than enough of the basics for the interested and
involved mariner to get by.
Knowing how it all works and how our coastal and inland rocks
and beaches came about is not only interesting but very useful. It
is also often very relevant for careful and precise navigation.
Well worth having.
Available from Cambridge University Press, Port Melbourne, Australia.
THE BATTLE OF THE ATLANTIC
SEPTEMBER 1939 -- MAY 1943
History of United States Naval
Operations in World War II
-- Volume 1
By SAMUEL ELIOT MORISON
The Naval Institute Press has done the
naval history world another great favour by re-issuing this
classic series in economical paperback form.
Morison's multi-volume work was originally published in 1947.
He described it as a shooting history because it was written during
the war and documented each action as the war progressed.
While produced with the full support of President F.D.
Roosevelt and Secretary of the Navy Forrestal, it is not the official
history and benefits enormously from this. The author was both a
noted Harvard historian and a senior naval reserve officer. This
gave him incomparable insight into what was really happening.
His history covers the whole of the Atlantic theatre for the first
three and a half years of the war. It is unmatched.
Available from The Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, USA.
CAPTURING JONATHON POLLARD
How One of the Most Notorious
Spies in American History Was
Brought to Justice
By RONALD J. OLIVE
Given the "special relationship" that is
often claimed to exist between Israel and
the United States, it is amazing and perplexing that the Israeli
Government should so blatantly have bitten the hand that
feeds it. It did, though, and Pollard was the means by which it
Why and whatever, we, like the author, should focus on this
amazing tale of betrayal, deception, successful counter intelligence
and, ultimately, retribution.
The author was in the thick of things. He was in charge of
counter intelligence in the office of the Naval Criminal
Investigative Service that investigated Pollard and eventually
secured his conviction and life sentence.
Unfortunately, like so many of the Naval Institute Press's excellent
publications, this important book will not be widely enough read. It
should, at the least, be a compulsory read for all American legislators
and their counterparts in other western governments.
Available from the Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, USA.
THE ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY
By IAN PFENNIGWERTH
America's General Douglas MacArthur was
always a controversial figure both at home
and abroad. A difficult genius but,
whatever else is said about him, a success
when it was most needed.
In the south-west Pacific during World War Two most of
MacArthur's activities involved Australian forces, particularly the
Royal Australian Navy.
This comprehensive book details many of the often unusual but
effective activities carried out by the RAN in that theatre. The RAN
and all its vessels and their crews were flexible and innovative.
Although largely unrecognised, they contributed considerably to
MacArthur's eventual triumph.
The author, a retired RAN officer, has done an amazing job in
pulling together an enormous amount of valuable material to
describe this intense period of wartime activity.
A valuable record.
Available from Rosenberg Publishing, Dural, Australia.
The Ferries of Cook Strait
By VICTOR YOUNG
A high quality collection of photographs
and paintings of the ships and ports of New Zealand's Cook Strait
from the 1860s until the present.
They are enhanced by a detailed and carefully researched text
that well describes the ferries, the waters they worked, the people
and the fast changing weather they encountered.
Replete with tales of collisions, groundings, engine failures,
bankruptcies and worse, the book covers the good, the bad and the
very mediocre of the South Pacific's most famous ferry run.
Naturally, the tragic grounding and capsize of the 'Wahine'
dominates. That 1968 disaster resulted in the loss of 51 people.
Cook Strait is narrow and bleak but it separates the two halves
of New Zealand making it a vital stretch of water. That makes this
book an especially important record.
Available from John Reed Books, Tea Gardens, Australia.
and the Exploration of the Pacific
This big, beautiful and brilliantly
presented book is the catalogue of a major
ethnographic exhibition that recently
toured Germany, Switzerland and Austria.
Although Cook was British he has
gathered an enormous following in those parts of central Europe.
Importantly, they are also the location of significant collections of
Cook and Pacific ethnographica and ephemera.
A large part of that material is included among the more than
500 carefully chosen illustrations shown here.
There have been many books on James Cook and this is
certainly one of the most impressive. It focuses on only one part of
his extensive explorations but it is undoubtedly the part for which
he is best known.
Expensive but well worth the price.
Available from Thames & Hudson, Fishermens Bend, Australia.
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