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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.98" Width: 6.14" Height: 1.81" Weight: 2.38 lbs.
Release Date Nov 30, 2003
Publisher Ross & Perry,
ISBN 1931839077 ISBN13 9781931839075
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More About Norman Polmar
Norman Polmar is an author and historian specializing in the naval, aviation, and intelligence fields. He has written or coauthored more than fifty books, including Spyplane: The U-2 History Declassified (2001) and, with John Gresham, DEFCON-2: Standing on the Brink of Nuclear War During the Cuban Missile Crisis (2006; foreword by Tom Clancy). The latter was the basis of the Discovery Channel film DEFCON-2, in which Tom Clancy did the opening and closing scenes. Mr. Polmar also has written about aircraft in other books and was author of nine editions of the reference work Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet and four editions of Guide to the Soviet Navy. He writes a column on historic naval aircraft for Naval History magazine and is a columnist for the US Naval Institute Proceedings.
Lieutenant Colonel John Bessette, US Air Force (Ret), is a veteran Air Force navigator and intelligence officer who flew in various combat aircraft during the Cold War. For three years he flew as navigator in C-97G cargo aircraft configured for spy missions over East Germany and the Baltic region. From May 1968 to August 1969 he was assigned to the 3rd Special Operations Squadron at Bien Hoa Air Base, Vietnam, where he flew more than 1,200 hours as a navigator in AC-47 "Spooky" gunships. A three-year assignment in the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) followed, supporting the Joint Chiefs of Staff's Joint Reconnaissance Center (JRC) with assessments on the military and political risks of reconnaissance missions worldwide and the anticipated intelligence gain from them. He subsequently served in NATO air intelligence positions, retired from the Air Force in 1979, and after a year, rejoined DIA as an intelligence analyst specializing in the Soviet and Warsaw Pact air forces. He retired from DIA in 1996 to begin a third career as a researcher and author.
Hal Bryan is EAA's Senior Editor and a lifelong, second-generation pilot and aviation geek. He's logged time in a variety of aircraft types, most of them old and weird, and he wouldn't have it any other way. He lives in Oshkosh with his wife, Muffy, and two benevolent dictators disguised as cats.
Cory Graff is the Military Aviation Historian at the Flying Heritage Collection museum in Everett, Washington. In his free time, he works on aviation-related history projects, including exhibits and books. His articles have been published in Air & Space Smithsonian magazineand the Museum of Flight's Aloft magazine. Graff is the author of five previous aviation books, including Shot to Hell: The Stories and Photos of Ravaged WWII Warbirds, Strike and Return: American Air Power and the Fight for Iwo Jima, and P-47 Thunderbolt at War. He lives in Seattle, Washington.
Norman Polmar has published or released items in the following series...
Rickover: Interesting Details, but Overlong Jan 27, 2008
Worth reading if this is your area. The book describes Rickover as dominating, selfish, obsessed, power-hungry, dictatorial - but of immense value to our country because of the way he directed his ambitions. Interesting: How he exploited Congressmen to support him; how his superiors and peers despised him, yet envied his brilliance, how he interviewed and selected staff. Not interesting: Endless details on appropriations; differences between various sub propulsion designs. The book is solid and well-written, but unless you are interested in this arcane area, you can find more interesting biographies. And beware: Because this was unauthorized, Rickover and his staff did not participate and many of the inputs from others are of the vicious, jealous type, so the whole man does not come through in this book very well.
What's the authors beef? Aug 18, 2003
The book is a criticism of Admiral Rickover. It paints a negative image of Rickover. Having worked for Rickover for 30 years, I can say I don't think the authors made an effort to understand the man. But the authors give no hint about their motivation, except perhaps that Rickover refused to grant them interviews.
A few things are clear: (1) the authors have little technical training, (2) they did not appreciate why Rickover exercised close control over all Naval ship nuclear work, and most unfortunate (3) the authors drew false conclusions. For example, the authors concluded that the USS THREASHER was lost due to a scrammed reactor. But when you look at the corrective recommendations coming out of the Congressional hearings on the THREASHER loss you see that the consensus was that the reactor plant was not suspect, and several areas outside the reactor plant may have been causes. The recommendations were made in what evolved as the SUBSAFE program. The authors made no mention of the SUBSAFE program.
The book is a huge assembly of information, apparently put together by two authors who did not compare notes. Throughout the book, Rickover quotes and other information is given twice. This makes for tedious reading. Finally, it is beyond my understanding why the authors chose to falsely malign Rickover's deceased wife.