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On Wave and Wing: The 100 Year Quest to Perfect the Aircraft Carrier

by Barrett Tillman, 320 Pages
Publisher: Regnery History, Feb. 27, 2017
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On Wave and Wing: The 100 Year Quest to Perfect the Aircraft Carrier

by Barrett Tillman, 320 Pages
Publisher: Regnery History, Feb. 27, 2017

What defended the U.S. after the attack on Pearl Harbor, defeated the Soviet Union in the Cold War, and is an essential tool in the fight against terror? Aircraft Carriers. For seventy years, these ships remained a little understood cornerstone of American power. In his latest book, On Wave and Wing , Barrett Tillman sheds light on the history of these floating leviathans and offers a nuanced analysis of the largest man-made vessel in the history of the world.

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About Barrett Tillman

Barrett Tillman was born into a northeastern Oregon ranching family and developed an early interest in aviation history. He learned to fly as a teenager, was first published at age 15, and graduated from the University of Oregon with a journalism degree in 1971.

He has worked as a newspaper reporter, book publisher, and magazine editor, but has been self employed all but seven years since graduating from college. Though best known for his histories of US naval aviation, he also has published six novels plus short stories, and has sold a screenplay.

Tillman is the author of D-Day Encyclopedia: Everything You Want to Know About the Normandy Invasion (Regnery; 2014) and Whirlwind in addition to more than 40 books and 550 articles. He frequently appears as a commentator on TV documentaries in addition to his speaking appearances. The Wall Street Journal hailed him as “a master story teller,” and Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Hunter called Whirlwind “a miracle of military history.” Tillman’s work has been cited in dozens of history books and has been used as course work by the Air Force, the Navy, and Marine Corps.

The recipient of six writing awards, he lives with his wife in Arizona.

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  1. John Null

    I was stationed on the USS Oriskany CVA34 in the late 50’s and we were one of the re-fitted WWll type and it was great duty. The new carriers are amazing. It is the platform that will be used along with missile’s in the future. However, it still will be the guys on the ground that does the dirty work.

    April 10, 2017,6:45 pm