Archive Results For: Pacific

Book Review-‘Georges Baudoux’s Jean M’Baraï : The Trepang fisherman’ translated by K. Speedy

By Clifford J. Pereira

Karin Speedy has built on her previous academic works and experience in translating to bring Francophone Pacific literature to an English-speaking audience. In the introduction, Speedy makes the point that the Pacific had its own lingua franca prior to the arrival of Europeans, and suggests that the engagement of Malayo-Polynesian speakers by the so-called early […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Pacific
Subjects include: Biography

Book Review-‘The Royal Navy in Eastern Waters: Linchpin of victory 1935–1942’ byA. Boyd

By Norman Friedman

This is a very important book for our understanding of the Second World War and of the Royal Navy’s part in it. It is revisionist history in the best sense: a thorough look back at archival material and a careful rethink which turns accepted historical wisdom on its head. Even better, it makes much better […] Read More

Filed under: Interwar | WW2 | Indian Ocean | Pacific
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Naval Aviation | Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review-‘Chasing a Dream: The exploration of the Imaginary Pacific’ by J. Dunmore

By Bill Jones

John Dunmore has impeccable credentials for authorship of this volume. A prolific author of over 30 volumes, including biographies and journals of significant Pacific explorers such as Jean-Francois de La Perouse, Jean-Francois de Surville and Louis de Bougainville, and the recipient of many awards including the Legion d’Honneur for his contribution to French scholarship, he […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Pacific
Subjects include: Science & Exploration

Book Review-‘The Scapegoat: The life and tragedy of a fighting admiral and Churchill’s role in his death’ by S. R. Dunn

By James Goldrick

he Scapegoat is the biography of Rear-Admiral Sir Christopher Cradock, who was lost with the armoured cruisers Good Hope and Monmouth in an action off Coronel on the west coast of South America on 1 November 1914. The fact that this is a Book Guild work suggests that The Scapegoat is effectively self-published. It has […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | Pacific
Subjects include: Biography

Book Review – ‘Four Thousand Hooks: A true story of fishing and coming of age on the high seas of Alaska’ by Dean Adams

By Arthur C. Credland

This is an autobiography of the author’s emergence from diffident schoolboy into a strong young man who could play his full part in the crew of a halibut schooner. He is now captain of his own fishing boat and has learned the science of his calling at the University of Washington, now sharing his time […] Read More

Filed under: Twentieth Century | Pacific
Subjects include: Biography | Whaling & Fishing

Book Review-‘The Captain and “the Cannibal”: An epic story of exploration, kidnapping, and the Broadway stage’ by J. Fairhead

By Katherine Parker

British audiences tend to associate European-Pacific interaction with Captain Cook, but the United States have a different historical relationship with the region, one centred on aggressive late-eighteenth and nineteenth-century commercial and imperial expansion. Such a relationship was recently outlined by David Igler in The Great Ocean: Pacific worlds from Captain Cook to the Gold Rush […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Pacific
Subjects include: Biography | Manpower & Life at Sea | Science & Exploration

Book Review-‘The Wager Disaster: Mayhem, mutiny and murder in the South Seas’ by C. H. Layman

By Katherine Parker

In this engaging book Rear Admiral C. H. Layman brings his naval erudition and years of research to bear on one of the most fascinating and macabre episodes in all of maritime history: the Wager disaster. Layman brings primary sources, contemporary accounts, modern experts and his own editing skills together to offer a carefully curated […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Mutiny & Discipline | Other (Eighteenth C) | Pacific
Subjects include: Archaeology | Biography | Manpower & Life at Sea | Science & Exploration

Book Review – ‘Joe Rochefort’s War: The odyssey of the codebreaker who outwitted Yamamoto at Midway’ by Elliot Carlson

By Eric Grove

The large number of people who have seen the feature film ‘Battle of Midway’ will no doubt remember the rather eccentric US Naval intelligence chief at Hawaii, Joe Rochefort. Clearly an eccentric, but having the trust of the US naval command, he was able to say where the Japanese attack would fall. This laid the […] Read More

Filed under: WW2 | Twentieth Century | Pacific
Subjects include: Biography | Miscellaneous

Book Review – ‘To Auckland by the Ganges: The journal of a sea voyage to New Zealand in 1863’ by Robert M. Grogans

By Steve Mullins

Migration is an epic theme in the history of the British Empire, and has left in its considerable wake an extensive literature exploring the experiences of migrants to the Australasian colonies. The best books, among them Don Charwood’s wide-angled The Long Farewell (1981), Helen Woolcock’s Rights of Passage (1986), Jan Gothard’s Blue China (2001) and Robin Haines’s Life and Death in the […] Read More

Filed under: Nineteenth Century | Pacific
Subjects include: Biography | Ocean Liners & Passenger Craft

Book Review – ‘Oceania Under Steam: Sea transport and the cultures of colonialism c. 1870–1914’ by Frances Steel

By Steven Gray

Frances Steel’s study of the Union Steamship Company of New Zealand (USSCo.) at the height of the age of steam is a worthy addition to the ‘Studies in Imperialism’ series. It represents an impressive and pioneering attempt to fill several gaps in our understanding of the British Pacific World between the late nineteenth century and […] Read More

Filed under: Nineteenth Century | Twentieth Century | Pacific
Subjects include: Miscellaneous

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