Teddy Roosevelt's Great White Fleet


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Drawing on previously untapped sources, naval historian James Reckner provides a complete picture of the fleet that thrust the United States into the ranks of great world naval powers. His fresh interpretations of the fleet's historic 1907-09 world cruise, which won him the 1989 Roosevelt Naval History Prize, allow today's readers to fully appreciate the significance of the famous fleet that set sail during Teddy Roosevelt's second term as president. Reckner recreates the colorful pageantry of the event--sixteen U.S. ...

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Jan 17, 2008

100 years ago

It's been one hundred years since the fleet that became known as the Great White Fleet left Hampton Roads, VA on a cruise around the world. This is a good general account of that voyage that became the first goodwill tour of the US Navy and at the same time provided necessary information for subsequent naval battles. Reckner is uniquely qualified as he himself started as an enlisted man at 17, rose to be a Lt. Commander and earned a PhD in Military History. A good, well-researched account of the technical, military and political background and events on the cruise.

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