BookPicks: Man and the Sea

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BookPicks: Man and the Sea

by BigJules

I’ve selected three BookPicks, separated in time from the fifteenth to the twentieth centuries. Although spanning half a millenium, together they deal with a number of important aspects of man’s relationship with the sea – courage facing danger in the exploration of the unknown; the struggle for supremacy of the oceans throughout much of our recent past; and the life and death decisions at sea that only a captain can take. One of the books, now reprinted, was first published in 1898, and is a classic in the history of exploration. The other two are more recent but each of the three is eminently readable and I commend them to all students of the sea and those like me with an inquiring mind about the past.

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Focke Wulf 190, The Birth of the Butcher Bird 1939-1945

B2321

This book is part of the Luftwaffe at War. Series that covers the evolution of the German air force and its equipment during WWII. Essentially, these are photo-essays, but they also include highly informative concise text and extended photo captions. The quality of the images is first rate and the selection of images matches, Some images are rare or never before published in publicly accessible documents This book covers story of the FW-190 fighter that was also known as the ‘Butcher Bird”. Highly recommended

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Hell on Wheels. The Men of the US Armored Forces, 1918 to the end of the 20th century

B2320

This book is part of the G.I. Series that covers the evolution of the American soldier. Essentially, these are photo-essays, but they also include highly informative concise text and extended photo captions. The quality of the images is first rate and the selection of images matches, Some images are rare or never before published in publicly accessible documents This book covers story of the men of the US Armored Forces from 1918 to the end of the 20th Century. Strongly recommended.

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Marines in Vietnam

B2319

This book is part of the G.I. Series that covers the evolution of the American soldier. Essentially, these are photo-essays, but they also include highly informative concise text and extended photo captions. The quality of the images is first rate and the selection of images matches, Some images are rare or never before published in publicly accessible documents This book covers US Marines during the Vietnam war. Strongly recommended.

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Instant Weather Forecasting, 5th Edition, You can Predict the Weather

B2318

The last few years have seen much change in publishing as new media come into play, but in many areas, there is no substitute for a printed book. Fortunately, recent changes have seen well-loved imprints ending up in safe hands and the Adlard Coles Nautical imprint is one such. This new edition of a very popular title is now in its fifth reprint and it has been fully revised. An excellent and very valuable pocket book.

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Warship 2016

B2317

Established readers of Conway’s famous Warship annual will be delighted to know that it fully subscribes to its well-established reputation and follows the familiar format. New readers will find this an absorbing and varied review of naval technology and operations, past, present and future. Highly Recommended.

Another great edition.

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British Warship Recognition, The Perkin Identification Albums, Volume I: Capital Ships 1895-1939

B2316

Seaforth is a Pen & Sword imprint with an impeccable reputation in bringing to market outstanding naval history. This new book will only add to the reputation. Working with the National Maritime Museum, Seaforth has produced the first in a multi-volume series, using the epic work of Richard Perkins. This work was based on Perkins huge library of photographs of warships and was ended only by the outbreak of World War Two and the restrictions imposed for security reasons. Volume I covers Capital Ships from 1895-1939. This work will be of great importance to all professionals and enthusiasts with an interest in this significant period of naval history. The publisher is also offering aggressive discounts for the launch period of the book which should ensure a wider audience – if you follow this period of naval history, don’t miss this book.

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Sentinel-1 counts fish

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Title Fishing in the Mediterranean
Released 12/04/2016 2:51 pm
Copyright Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data [2016] / ESA / ACRI / Bluefarm / Ifremer
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The ESA SMART (Sustainable Management of Aquaculture through Remote sensing Technology) poster features the nearly 4500 fish cages detected in the western Mediterranean Sea by Sentinel-1 and other satellites.
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1 April 2016

Images from the Sentinel-1A satellite are being used to monitor aquaculture in the Mediterranean, in another example of the mission’s contribution to food security, as fisheries become the main source of seafood.

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The Illustrated War Reports, Ypres, Contemporary Combat Images From The Great War

B2311

This book contains a very fine selection of images from the battles around Ypres. This type of book makes the term ‘author’ tricky. Carruthers has used text sparingly and relied on the power of the images to tell the story. Whether that makes him an author or an editor is arguable, but the result of his labours is a moving tribute to those who fought and provided so many unique glimpses of what it was like to be there. It also provides a tribute to those who brought the story to the public in a unique way.Most Recommended.

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Somme 1916, Success and Failure on the First Day of the Battle of the Somme

B2313

The Battle of the Somme in 1916 has been the subject of much controversy. In part, this stems from the way in which it has been viewed. This book is well researched and views the battle through the prism of the first day. The author argues the case on this basis and the reader can see exactly how the review has been framed.Commended.

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