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Symonds, Craig L.

Works: 64 works in 225 publications in 2 languages and 18,371 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Maps  Personal narratives  Guidebooks  Naval history  Anecdotes  Sources  Diaries  Atlases 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: E457.2, B
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Craig L Symonds
The Civil War at sea by Craig L Symonds( )
10 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in English and held by 1,842 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
From the author of the 2009 Lincoln Prize award winner Lincoln and His Admirals, comes a fascinating look at the era when American naval power came of age. Thoroughly researched, this book brings to light a wealth of new information on a pivotal aspect of the Civil War. It covers navies on both sides of the conflict, examining key issues such as the impact of emergent technologies, the effectiveness of the Union's ambitious strategy of blockading, the odyssey of Confederate commerce raiders, the role of naval forces on the western rivers, and the difficulty of conducting combined sea and ground operations against the major Southern port cities
Lincoln and his admirals : Abraham Lincoln, the U.S. Navy, and the Civil War by Craig L Symonds( Book )
19 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 1,794 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Reveals how Abraham Lincoln managed the men who ran the naval side of the Civil War and transformed himself into one of the greatest naval strategists of his age, in an account of the commander-in-chief during the Civil War
A year on a monitor and the destruction of Fort Sumter by Alvah Folsom Hunter( )
3 editions published between 1987 and 1991 in English and held by 1,736 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A battlefield atlas of the Civil War by Craig L Symonds( )
7 editions published between 1983 and 2002 in English and Japanese and held by 1,185 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Contains 45 full page maps showing military positions. Includes accompanying description
Decision at sea : five naval battles that shaped American history by Craig L Symonds( Book )
18 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 1,079 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"From thunderous broadsides traded between wooden sailing ships on Lake Erie, to the carrier battles of World War II, to the devastating high-tech action in the Persian Gulf, here is a gripping history of five key battles that defined the evolution of naval warfare-and the course of the American nation. Acclaimed military historian Craig Symonds offers spellbinding narratives of crucial engagements, showing how each battle reveals the transformation of technology and weaponry from one war to the next; how these in turn transformed naval combat; and how each event marked a milestone in American history. Oliver Hazard Perry's heroic victory at Lake Erie, one of the last great battles of the Age of Sail, which secured the Northwestern frontier for the United States The brutal Civil War duel between the ironclads Monitor and Virginia, which sounded the death knell for wooden-hulled warships and doomed the Confederacy's hope of besting the Union navy Commodore Dewey's stunning triumph at Manila Bay in 1898, where the U.S. displayed its "new navy" of steel-hulled ships firing explosive shells and wrested an empire from a fading European power The hairsbreadth American victory at Midway, where aircraft carriers launched planes against enemies 200 miles away-and where the tide of World War II turned in the space of a few furious minutes Operation Praying Mantis in the Persian Gulf, where computers, ship-fired missiles, and "smart bombs" not only changed the nature of warfare at sea, but also marked a new era, and a new responsibility, for the United States. Symonds records these encounters in detail so vivid that readers can hear the wind in the rigging and feel the pounding of the guns. Yet he places every battle in a wide perspective, revealing their significance to America's development as it grew from a new Republic on the edge of a threatening frontier to a global superpower. Decision at Sea is a powerful and illuminating look at pivotal moments in the history of the Navy and of the United States. It is also a compelling study of the unchanging demands of leadership at sea, where commanders must make rapid decisions in the heat of battle with lives-and the fate of nations-hanging in the balance."
The Battle of Midway by Craig L Symonds( Book )
14 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 1,064 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A close-up look at the battle of Midway Island analyzes this crucial naval victory, which marked the turning point for the American fleet in the Pacific theater of World War II
A battlefield atlas of the American Revolution by Craig L Symonds( )
11 editions published between 1986 and 1993 in English and held by 1,056 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Describes the major battles of the American Revolution in brief text and a reproducible map for each battle or campaign
Joseph E. Johnston : a Civil War biography by Craig L Symonds( Book )
7 editions published between 1992 and 1994 in English and Undetermined and held by 873 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"General Joseph E. Johnston was in command of Confederate forces at the South's first victory--Manassas in July 1861--and at its last--Bentonville in April 1865. Many of his contemporaries considered him the greatest Southern field commander of the war; others ranked him second only to Robert E. Lee. To Ulysses S. Grant and William Tecumseh Sherman, he was the Union's most skilful opponent. But Johnston remains an enigma. His battlefield victories were never decisive. He failed to save Confederate forces under siege by Grant at Vicksburg, and he retreated deep into Georgia in the face of Sherman's march. His intense feud with Jefferson Davis ensured the collapse of the Confederacy's western campaign in 1864, and made Johnston the focus of a political schism within the government. Craig Symonds gives us a rousing narrative of Johnston's Civil War, and the first rounded portrait of the general as a public and private man."--Jacket
Stonewall of the West : Patrick Cleburne and the Civil War by Craig L Symonds( Book )
4 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 728 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
To Jefferson Davis, he was the "Stonewall of the West"; to Robert E. Lee he was "a meteor shining from a clouded sky"; and to Braxton Bragg, he was an officer "ever alive to a success." He was Patrick Ronayne Cleburne, one of the greatest of all Confederate field commanders. In Stonewall of the West, Craig Symonds offers the first full-scale critical biography of this compelling figure. He explores all the sources of Cleburne's commitment to the Southern cause, his
American heritage history of the Battle of Gettysburg by Craig L Symonds( Book )
3 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 719 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Includes an "order of battle" and a portfolio of Gettysburg battlefield monuments
The Naval Institute historical atlas of the U.S. Navy by Craig L Symonds( )
9 editions published between 1995 and 2001 in English and held by 680 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Presents an illustrated history of American naval warfare beginning with the Revolutionary War and concluding with a look at the Navy going into the twenty-first century, with maps that pinpoint the locations of U.S. ships, and discussion of the rising and falling forturnes of the Navy over the years
Hearts touched by fire : the best of Battles and leaders of the Civil War by Craig L Symonds( Book )
4 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 665 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An anthology of excerpts from the four-volume classic "Battles and Leaders of the Civil War" features first-hand recollections by the Civil War's commanders and subordinates on both sides, with commentary by such leading scholars as James McPherson and Joan Waugh
A battlefield atlas of the Civil War by Craig L Symonds( )
15 editions published between 1973 and 1998 in English and held by 617 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Contains 45 full page maps showing military positions. Includes accompanying description
The New York Times complete Civil War, 1861-1865 by Harold Holzer( )
7 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 616 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Collects the complete New York Times coverage of the events in the Civil War, including accounts of battles, personal stories, and political actions, and provides cultural and historical perspective on the published issues
Neptune : the Allied invasion of Europe and the D-Day landings by Craig L Symonds( Book )
6 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 547 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"On June 6, 1944, 160,000 Allied troops landed along 50 miles of French coastline to battle German forces on the beaches of Normandy. D-Day, as it would come to be known, would eventually lead to the liberation of Western Europe, and was a critical step in the road to victory in World War II. Yet the story begins long before the Higgins landing craft opened their doors and men spilled out onto the beaches to face a storm of German bullets. The invasion, and the victories that followed, would not have been possible without the massive naval operation that led up to it: Neptune. From the moment British forces evacuated the beaches of Dunkirk in 1940, Allied planners began to consider how, when, and where they would re-enter the European continent. Once in the war, the Americans, led by George Marshall, wanted to invade in a year's time. The British were convinced this would be a tragic mistake. Allied forces would be decimated by the Wehrmacht. When Operation Overlord -- the name given to the cross-Channel invasion of Northern France -- was finally planned, it was done so only in concert with the seaborne assault that would bring the men and equipment to the Normandy coast. Symonds traces the central thread of this Olympian event -- involving over five thousand ships and nearly half a million personnel -- from the first talks between British and American officials in the winter of 1941 to the storming of the beaches in the late spring of 1944. He considers Neptune's various components, including the strategic unity, industrial productivity, organizational execution, and cross-cultural exchange on which the Allies depended. Portraits of key American and British figures, from Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Eisenhower to Admiral Ernest J. King and his British counterpart, Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsay, combine with an intimate look at men up and down the chain of command. Neptune was the pinnacle of Allied organization and cooperation. From the suppressing of the U-boat menace in the Battle of the Atlantic, to the establishing of camps and training facilities near the English coast, to the gearing up of the American industrial machine to produce the ships, tanks, and tools of war that would make an invasion possible, Symonds' riveting narrative uncovers the means by which Neptune was brought to fruition, and presents the first comprehensive account of the greatest naval operation in history"--
Gettysburg, a battlefield atlas by Craig L Symonds( )
6 editions published between 1992 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 538 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Provides a narrative history and cartographic display of the Battle of Gettysburg
The Lincoln assassination crime and punishment, myth and memory ( )
9 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and held by 462 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Written at the end of the Lincoln bicentennial year, and the onset of the Civil War sesquicentennial, this book offers studies and arguments about the assassination, its aftermath, the extraordinary public reaction (which was more complex than has been previously believed), and the iconography that Lincoln's murder and deification inspired
Union combined operations in the Civil War ( )
3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 409 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This revealing book offers ten case studies of combined army-navy operations by Union forces. Presented in chronological order, each chapter illuminates an aspect of combined operations during a time of changing technology and doctrine
Confederate admiral : the life and wars of Franklin Buchanan by Craig L Symonds( Book )
9 editions published between 1999 and 2008 in English and held by 396 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Buchanan, who entered the navy as a midshipman in 1815, had a long career that included being the first superintendent of the Naval Academy, command of the ironclads CSS Virginia and Tennessee, and being appointed the only Confederate admiral
Navalists and antinavalists : the naval policy debate in the United States, 1785-1827 by Craig L Symonds( Book )
7 editions published between 1976 and 1980 in English and held by 305 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
Symonds, Craig
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