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This is a very interesting book about a very pivotal attack that shadowed future events. Has any one else read this yet ?
Front Burner: Al Qaeda's Attack on the USS Cole By Kirk Lippold
On October 12, 2000, eleven months before the 9/11 attacks, the USS Cole docked in the port of Aden in Yemen for a routine fueling stop. At 1118, on a hot, sunny morning, the 8,400-ton destroyer was rocked by an enormous explosion. The ship’s commander, Kirk Lippold, felt the ship violently thrust up and to the right, as everything not bolted down seemed to float in midair. Tiles tumbled from the ceiling, and the ship was plunged into darkness, beginning to sink. In a matter of moments Lippold knew that the Cole had been attacked. What he didn’t know was how much the world was changing around him.
The bombing of the Cole was al Qaeda’s first direct assault against the United States and expanded their brazen and deadly string of terrorist attacks throughout the Middle East. In this gripping first-person narrative, Lippold reveals the details of this harrowing experience leading his crew of valiant sailors through the attack and its aftermath. Seventeen sailors died in the explosion and thirty-seven were wounded—but thanks to the valor of the crew in the perilous days that followed, the ship was saved.
Yet even with al Qaeda’s intentions made clear in an unmistakable act of war, the United States government delayed retaliating. Bureaucrats and politicians sought to shift and pin blame as they ignored the danger signaled by the attack, shirking responsibility until the event was ultimately overshadowed by 9/11.
A local expert Mike Stanton retired Navy Captain who has over 30 years of professional experience in the fields of ship operations, shipbuilding, ship maintenance & modernization, and program management, both government and commercial sectors taught a course on Shipbuilding & Ship Repair Business Management: Understanding the Forces that Shape the Industry at the 2016 FMMS event.
He recommend this book... any comments or feedback?
Six Frigates: The Epic History of the Founding of the U.S. Navy by Ian W. Toll
Could our current government, US Navy, and citizens learn something from this nugget of history ?
Not confined to sea battles, Toll's history of the U.S. Navy's formative decades, from the mid-1790s to the War of 1812, rounds out affairs by anchoring the nascent navy to its financial supports. Navies are not inexpensive, and the costs of building and maintaining ships appear lightly but persistently in Toll's narrative. It centers on the first vessels purpose-built for the navy, the half-dozen frigates of which the USSConstitution moored in Boston today is the last survivor. Besides money, their construction involved politics; the Federalists favored the naval program (creating the Department of the Navy in 1798), while Jefferson's parsimonious Republicans were more diffident. Toll is as insightful about the essential domestic and diplomatic background as he is with his dramatizations of the naval engagements of the new navy, which produced a crop of national heroes such as Stephen Decatur. The maritime strategy and the highly developed sense of officers' honor, which influenced where particular battles occurred, emerge clearly in this fluent account. Vibrant and comprehensive, Toll makes an impressive debut. - Gilbert Taylor
How many lives has the USCG saved ? and how many more will they save ?
The Pendleton Disaster off Cape Cod: The Greatest Small Boat Rescue in Coast Guard History by Theresa Mitchell Barbo
On February 18, 1952, off the coast of Cape Cod, a fierce nor'easter snapped in half two 503-foot oil tankers, the Pendleton and the Fort Mercer. Human grace and grit, leadership and endurance prevail as Theresa Mitchell Barbo and Captain W. Russell Webster (Ret.) recount the historic, heroic rescue of thirty-two merchant mariners from the sinking Pendleton by four young Coast Guardsmen aboard the 36-foot motor lifeboat CG36500.
A foreword by former Commandant Admiral Thad Allen (Ret.) and an essay by Master Chief John "Jack" Downey (Ret.), a veteran of thousands of modern-day small boat rescues, round out the special third edition of this classic work on Coast Guard history.
Maritime Casualties: Causes and Consequences by Tuuli Messer-Bookman
Capt. Tuuli Messer-Bookman has sailed over 300,000 nautical miles as a U.S. Merchant Marine officer and holds a law degree from the University of San Francisco. She is a professor in the Marine Transportation Department of the California Maritime Academy.
Since the Titanic disaster of 1912, the horrors of major maritime casualties have prompted international conventions and domestic legislation, but the link between events and outcomes (which are often separated by many years) is rarely understood by those working in the maritime industry. This book, the only comprehensive guide to this link, sets forth the major casualties of the last hundred years and explains resulting regulatory changes. Taking a macro-level view, it describes the trends and reactions across decades, and how, over time, focus has shifted from equipment failures to people and their behaviors as the primary cause of maritime casualties. Timely and thorough, it also explores the alarming increase in the criminalization of maritime accidents, especially the relatively recent reclassification of pollution incidents as environmental crimes. This book offers broad insight to the history, laws, and conventions that regulate worldwide commercial maritime activity.
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THE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF NAUTILUS, by Demetri Capetanopoulos
While Jules Verne is often called 'The Father of Science Fiction', he considered himself a storyteller, not a futurist. During his long career in poetry, theater, and literature, Verne used technology as a (literal) vehicle for his best-known adventure stories. An amateur science enthusiast and lawyer by training, he took detailed notes of remarkable discoveries and inventions of his time, then incorporated them in his writing to fuel the imaginations of young and old alike. In the case of 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA, abridged English versions and movie adaptations have long blurred the lines between technical rigor and science fiction; faithful and complete English translations have only appeared in recent decades.
In THE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF NAUTILUS, Demetri Capetanopoulos combines modern research methods and his detailed knowledge of submarines to illustrate how Captain Nemo might have built and operated his creation, as originally described by Jules Verne. In exploring Verne's commitment to technical detail, the author reviews every system from bow to stern. He explains a few of Verne's obvious mistakes, some of his missed opportunities to include contemporary developments in submarine technology, and Verne's necessarily fantastic claims of Nautilus's power, depth, and endurance. The author shows that Jules Verne really did his homework, considering his 19th century resources and non-technical background.
THE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF NAUTILUS includes detailed diagrams, original illustrations, rich historical discussion, and extensive notes and references. It will appeal especially to history buffs, Jules Verne fans, and submarine enthusiasts.