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Spector, Ronald H. 1943-

Overview
Works: 53 works in 222 publications in 3 languages and 12,120 library holdings
Genres: History  Military history  Biography  Sources  Bibliography  Fiction  Abstracts 
Roles: Author, Scientific advisor, Redactor, Editor, Author of introduction
Classifications: D767, 940.5426
Publication Timeline
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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 )

42 editions published between 1984 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 3,442 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 )

12 editions published between 1992 and 1994 in English and held by 1,591 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
United States Army in Vietnam. the early years, 1941-1960 by Ronald H Spector( Book )

7 editions published between 1983 and 1985 in English and held by 1,378 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Advice and Support describes the activities of the U.S. Army in Vietnam during World War II, military advice and assistance to the French government during the immediate postwar years, and the advisory program that developed after the Geneva Agreements of 1954. Its scope ranges from high-level policy decisions to low-echelon advisory operations in the field, presented against a background of relevant military and political developments. Useful not only as a study of military assistance but as a view of the Army as an agent of national policy, Ronald Spector₂s interesting book is a fitting introduction to the overall study of the conflict 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 1,092 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 )

9 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 912 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 Spector( Book )

10 editions published between 1974 and 1988 in English and held by 708 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

10 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in English and held by 619 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
U.S. Marines in Grenada, 1983 by Ronald H Spector( Book )

2 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 480 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 )

7 editions published between 1987 and 1988 in English and held by 463 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

2 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 457 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
Advice and support : the early years, 1941-1960 by Ronald H Spector( )

2 editions published between 1983 and 1985 in English and held by 290 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

4 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 178 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Draws on diaries, memoirs, letters, interviews, and public records to provide an account of the most important naval conflicts of the twentieth century, from the 1905 Battle of Tsushima to the war in the Persian Gulf
Researching the Vietnam experience by Ronald H Spector( Book )

2 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

13 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in English and held by 102 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
Advice and support : the early years, 1941-1960 by Ronald H Spector( Book )

26 editions published between 1983 and 2014 in English and held by 72 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Advice and support : the early years of the United States Army in Vietnam, 1941-1960 by Ronald H Spector( Book )

3 editions published between 1983 and 1985 in English and held by 54 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 36 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

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

9 editions published between 1977 and 2005 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A study is presented 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 1. a summary biography is given of Stephen Bleeker Luce, leading advocate and first president of the Naval War College. The selection of the faculty and students, and the development of the original curriculum are discussed. This is followed by chapters on the relationship of the War College to the history of Navy strategies, development of war games, preparation of war plans, and the establishment of professionals in the field of the science of naval warfare. (Spg)
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 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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After Tet : the bloodiest year in Vietnam
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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 centuryListening to the enemy : key documents on the role of communications intelligence in the war with JapanAt war, at sea : sailors and naval warfare in the twentieth centuryIn the ruins of empire : [the Japanese surrender and the battle for postwar Asia]Advice and support : the early years, 1941-1960At war at sea : naval warfare in the twentieth centuryFrom the ruins of empire : the Japanese surrender and how peace was lost in Asia
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 (177)

French (3)

Japanese (2)