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Spector, Ronald H. 1943-

Overview
Works: 42 works in 203 publications in 3 languages and 12,242 library holdings
Genres: History  Military history  Sources  Bibliography  Biography  Fiction  Abstracts 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction, Editor
Classifications: D767, 940.5426
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Most widely held works by Ronald H Spector
Eagle against the sun : the American war with Japan by Ronald H Spector( Book )

34 editions published between 1984 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 3,535 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This text reassesses U.S. and Japanese strategy and offers interpretations of the Pacific War
After Tet : the bloodiest year in Vietnam by Ronald H Spector( Book )

14 editions published between 1992 and 1994 in English and held by 1,655 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the wake of the Tet Offensive in January and February 1968, Lyndon Johnson announced the cessation of bombing against North Vietnam and America's determination to seek peace. As negotiations began in Paris, most Americans believed the war was winding down and, indeed, almost over. Yet, ironically, the year that followed the Tet Offensive saw the fiercest battles of the Vietnam War. Now, on the twenty-fifth anniversary of that bloodiest year, Ronald Spector has written a brilliant narrative account of the harrowing events that rarely reached American television screens but largely determined the war's course and outcome. The terrible battles of 1968 condemned America and North and South Vietnam to five more years of war precisely because they were costly and inconclusive. These bloody but indecisive operations could not break, but could only perpetuate, the war's diplomatic and military deadlock. For the rank-and-file soldier, the war raged on. Drawing upon recently declassified government documents, accounts by GIs, and his own eye-witness experience as a Marine in Vietnam that year, noted military historian Ronald Spector describes the vicious struggle in the jungles, mountains, and rice paddies. He shows how the bloodiest year epitomized every aspect of the war - from individual bravery to military doggedness to political vacillation - as both sides mounted increasingly expensive and desperate offensives. He reveals the experience of the soldiers caught between an ambivalent American government and an intransigent North Vietnamese leadership. Exploring the lesser known aspects of the war, Spector describes in detail the deterioration of American military race relations, the growth of the drug culture, the riots in U.S. military prisons, and even the experience of South Vietnamese soldiers and Viet Cong. Describing the bloodiest year from all angles - the personal, military, and political, the American and the Vietnamese -this comprehensive history will stand as one of the most important books ever written about the American military experience in Vietnam
In the ruins of empire : the Japanese surrender and the battle for postwar Asia by Ronald H Spector( Book )

10 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 1,115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Spector follows up on Eagle Against the Sun, his account of the American struggle against the Japanese in World War II, with a chronicle of the aftermath of this crucial conflict. He tells the fascinating story of the deadly confrontations that broke out--or merely continued--in Asia after peace was proclaimed. Under occupation by the victorious Allies, this part of the world was plunged into new power struggles, or back into old feuds, that in some ways were worse than the war itself. International suspicions were still strong; die-hard Japanese officers plotted to prevent surrender; in Manchuria, Russian "liberators" looted, raped, and killed innocent civilians; in China a fratricidal rivalry continued between Chiang Kai-shek's regime and Mao's revolutionaries; and Southeast Asia and Korea became powderkegs, with Communists only one of several competing anticolonial factions.--From publisher description
At war, at sea : sailors and naval combat in the twentieth century by Ronald H Spector( Book )

13 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 1,082 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"At War at Sea is a fascinating account of the most important naval conflicts of the twentieth century. Beginning with a gripping narrative of one of the most decisive battles in history - the 1905 Battle of Tsushima between the Japanese and the Russians - and ending with the sophisticated missile engagements off the Falklands and in the Persian Gulf, naval historian Ronald Spector explores every facet of naval warfare." "Here are the real stories of combat at sea told from the point of view of the sailors who experienced it. How did it feel to be the target of a 15-inch shell at the Battle of Jutland or to experience a depth-charge attack in a submarine in the Battle of the Atlantic? What was it like to be under attack by Stuka dive bombers off Crete or kamikazes off Okinawa during World War II? What is the difference between being a sailor on a German U-boat or on today's nuclear submarines? Using more than a hundred diaries, memoirs, letters, and interviews as well as the official record, Spector takes an in-depth look at fighting sailors - in peacetime and in time of war - that is unparalleled both in scope and emotional intensity." "Researched and fascinating in its detail, Spector also explains how the politics and social backdrop inside and outside of the navies of Japan, Russia, Britain, Germany, and the United States affected both the sailors and the navies themselves during the last century. The result is a monumental history of the men, the ships, and the battles fought on the high seas."--Jacket
Admiral of the new empire : the life and career of George Dewey by Ronald H Spector( Book )

10 editions published between 1974 and 1988 in English and held by 723 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At war at sea : sailors and naval combat in the twentieth century by Ronald H Spector( )

7 editions published between 2002 and 2011 in English and held by 659 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author begins with the 1905 battle of Tsushima, where the Japanese annihilated the Russians in what is arguably the most decisive naval battle ever fought. There are also thorough descriptions of the infamous World War I clash at Jutland, the World War II engagement at Midway, the high-tech combat of the Persian Gulf War, and much more. Between tales of battle, Spector describes the changing lives and duties of sailors, giving a sense for why certain navies were able to accomplish their objectives, while others failed
Advice and support : the early years of the United States Army in Vietnam, 1941-1960 by Ronald H Spector( Book )

28 editions published between 1983 and 2014 in English and held by 629 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Finally - more than three decades after French colonial forces were crushed at Dien Bien Phu - America has a definitive account of its own first military involvements in Vietnam. Drawing on recently declassified Pentagon files and hundreds of other official documents, historian Ronald H. Spector unearths a host of findings about the U.S. Army's advisory role in Southeast Asia: that in 1954 the U.S. prepared plans to assist the French with atomic weapons; that throughout the 1950s Army Chief of Staff Gen. Matthew Ridgway opposed almost singlehandedly State Dept. demands for massive military intervention; that gross ignorance of Vietnamese society, language, and culture and a 'dogged Can Do attitude' in the field prevented American advisory forces from realistically appraising either the viability of the South Vietnamese army or the soundness of the government it supported. Showing that the agonizing truth about Vietnam was apparent fifteen years before the fall of Saigon, Advice and Support is crucial to our understanding of how we got into Vietnam, why we couldn't get out - and what went wrong."--Book cover, p. [4]
United States Army in Vietnam. the early years, 1941-1960 by Ronald H Spector( Book )

5 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 509 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Professors of war : the Naval War College and the development of the naval profession by Ronald H Spector( Book )

14 editions published between 1977 and 2005 in English and held by 478 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This is a study of the role of the Naval War College in the professionalization of the U.S. Navy and the effects of that process upon the shaping of naval policy from the founding of the College in 1884 to its temporary discontinuance in 1917 during World War I"--Page 1
U.S. Marines in Grenada, 1983 by Ronald H Spector( Book )

5 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 474 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Advice and support by Ronald H Spector( Book )

in English and held by 428 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Listening to the enemy : key documents on the role of communications intelligence in the war with Japan by Ronald H Spector( Book )

6 editions published between 1987 and 1988 in English and held by 286 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Researching the Vietnam experience by Ronald H Spector( Book )

2 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the ruins of empire : [the Japanese surrender and the battle for postwar Asia] by Ronald H Spector( Recording )

11 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 96 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After World War II, under occupation by the victorious Allies, East Asia was plunged into new power struggles, or back into old feuds, that in some ways were worse than the war itself
At war at sea : sailors and naval warfare in the 20th century by Ronald H Spector( Book )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 62 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At war at sea : naval warfare in the twentieth century by Ronald H Spector( Book )

2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 47 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Professors of War" : the Naval War College and the modern American Navy by Ronald H Spector( Book )

9 editions published between 1967 and 1983 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the ruins of empire : the Japanese surrender and how peace was lost in Asia by Ronald H Spector( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Colour of war. the american story by Scott Pearson( Visual )

2 editions published in 2004 in French and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Vietnam ordeal, 1945-1975( Visual )

2 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American involvement in Southeast Asia -- the causes, the conflict, and the aftermath -- was the focus of a Glassboro State College colloquium. Presentations and panel discussions examined the influence of the Vietnam War on future American foreign policy, the effect of student protest on the war effort, the media's impact on American perception of the war, and the underlying reasons for continued U.S. involvement in Southeast Asia
 
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After Tet : the bloodiest year in Vietnam
Alternative Names
Ronald H. Spector Amerikaans militair historicus

Ronald H. Spector Historian

Ronald H. Spector US-amerikanischer Militär- und Marinehistoriker

Spector, Ronald.

Spector, Ronald 1943-

Spector, Ronald H.

Spector, Ronald Harvey 1943-

スペクター, ロナルド・H

Languages
English (171)

French (4)

Japanese (3)

Covers
After Tet : the bloodiest year in VietnamIn the ruins of empire : the Japanese surrender and the battle for postwar AsiaAt war, at sea : sailors and naval combat in the twentieth centuryAdvice and support : the early years of the United States Army in Vietnam, 1941-1960Listening to the enemy : key documents on the role of communications intelligence in the war with JapanIn the ruins of empire : [the Japanese surrender and the battle for postwar Asia]At war at sea : sailors and naval warfare in the 20th centuryAt war at sea : naval warfare in the twentieth centuryFrom the ruins of empire : the Japanese surrender and how peace was lost in Asia