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The Aircraft Carrier Story 1908-1945
by Guy Robbins
Hardcover: 288 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.99 x 11.08 x 8.90
Cassell Academic; ISBN: 0304353086; (April )

Aircraft Carriers
by Michael Green, Gladys Green
Suitable for young readers.

Aircraft Carriers (Military Hardware in Action)
by Kevin Doyle
Library Binding from Lerner Publications Company

American & British Aircraft Carrier Development, 1919-1941
by Thomas C. Hone, Norman Friedman, Mark David Mandeles
Hardcover - 272 pages (November )
United States Naval Inst.; ISBN: 1557503826

The Big E: The Story of the USS Enterprise
by Edward Peary Stafford, Paul Stillwell
Book Description:
A lasting memorial to the USS Enterprise, this classic tale of the carrier that contributed more than any other single warship to the naval victory in the Pacific has remained a favorite World War II story for more than twenty-five years. The Big E participated in nearly every major engagement of the war against Japan and earned a total of twenty battle stars. The Halsey-Doolittle Raid; the Battles of Midway, Santa Cruz, Guadalcanal, the Philippine Sea, and Leyte Gulf; and the invasions of Iwo Jima and Okinawa are all faithfully recorded from the viewpoint of the men who served her so well. The author, a naval aviator, focuses on the exploits of the famous ship's air groups, capturing the reality of their encounters and provoking a range of emotions from readers. 

This superb study of a great ship, her crew, and the action they saw has been called one of the finest pieces of naval writing to emerge from the war. What it is like inside the cockpit of a Dauntless dive bomber as it bores in on its target or the effort required to unstick the ship's huge rudder when damaged by a bomb are just two of the nuggets Edward Stafford mined from the mountain of research and lengthy interviews he conducted to write the book. Literate and scholarly as well as highly dramatic, the book will appeal to historians and the general public alike. 
Paperback from Naval Institute Press

Carrier : A Guided Tour of an Aircraft Carrier
by Tom Clancy (Introduction), Leon A. Edney
They are floating cities with crews of thousands. They are the linchpins of any military strategy, for they provide what has become the key to every battle fought since World War I: air superiority. The mere presence of a U.S. naval carrier in a region is an automatic display of strength that sends a message no potential enemy can ignore. Now, Tom Clancy welcomes you aboard for a detailed look at how these floating behemoths function. With his trademark style and eye for detail, Clancy brings you naval combat strategy like no one else can. Carrier includes: * Takeoffs and landings: flying into the danger zone
* The aircraft onboard: their range, their power, their weaponry
* The role of the carrier in modern naval warfare
* Exclusive photographs, illustrations and diagrams
Plus: An interview with the U.S. Navy's Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Jay Johnson
Paperback - 348 pages Berkley tr edition
Penguin USA
(Paper); ISBN: 0425166821
Carrier Aviation Air Power Directory: The World's Carriers and Their Aircraft 1950-Present
by David Donald, Daniel March

Carrier Combat
David Wragg
Hardcover - 288 pages
United States Naval Inst.; ISBN: 1557501157

Carrier Warfare in the Pacific : An Oral History Collection
(Smithsonian History of Aviation)
E.T. Wooldridge (Editor)
Hardcover - 309 pages (October 1993)
Smithsonian Institution Press; ISBN: 1560982640
Combat Carriers : Flying Action on Carriers at Sea
Tomy Holmes
Hardcover - 112 pages
Motorbooks International; ISBN: 0760305722
Corsair Aces of World War 2
(Osprey Aircraft of the Aces No 8)
by Mark Styling, Jerry Scutts
Paperback - 96 pages
Motorbooks International; ISBN: 1855325306

Dark Sky, Black Sea: Aircraft Carrier Night and All-Weather Operations
by Charles H. Brown
Book Description: One of the aviator's greatest challenges--and fears--is flying in foul weather from an aircraft carrier. With only instruments to guide them, pilots are under constant pressure to keep their aircraft under control as the author of this book knows well. Charles Brown is a veteran naval aviator who participated in many of the operations he describes and helped develop the tactics to make such operations possible. His book addresses that significant but frequently overlooked part of carrier history: the ability of carrier combat units to fly and fight at night and in any weather condition. 

From the early experiments on the USS Langley in the 1920s, the work traces the changes in the aviator's training, operational techniques, and tactics as technological improvements were made. It shows how the addition of the angled deck and mirror to the carrier, for example, had a dramatic impact on night flying. It chronicles developments before and during World War II as well as the Korean, Vietnam, and Cold Wars and closes with a vivid description of naval air combat during the Persian Gulf War, a time when night flying operations had become common. 

As the book illustrates, technological advances in both carrier systems and airplanes have reduced the dangers of night/all weather operations over the years, provoking some of today's aviators to claim, "The night belongs to us." Brown believes they have achieved the right to claim at least partial ownership. He reminds readers that the developments described are one of the primary reasons carriers remain a major combat force in the U.S. military. Accented with lively anecdotes by participants, this is the first book to provide comprehensive coverage of the subject and will appeal to everyone interested in aviation.
Hardcover: 264 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.85 x 9.21 x 6.22 
Publisher: United States Naval Inst.; (November )

Destined for Glory : Dive Bombing, Midway, and the Evolution of Carrier Airpower
by Thomas Wildenberg
Hardcover - 304 pages 1557 edition (November )
United States Naval Inst.; ISBN: 1557509476

The Fast Carriers : The Forging of an Air Navy
Clark G. Reynolds
Hardcover - 503 pages Reissue edition (September 1992)
United States Naval Inst.; ISBN: 1557507015

Flattop Fighting in World War II: The Battles Between American and Japanese Aircraft Carriers
by Patrick Degan
Paperback from McFarland & Company

Hybrid Warship : The Amalgamation of Big Guns and Aircraft
Stephen McLaughlin, R. D. Layman
Hardcover / Published 1991

The Little Giants : U.S. Escort Carriers Against Japan (Bluejacket Books)
by William T. Y'Blood
Paperback - 496 pages
United States Naval Inst.; ISBN: 1557509808

No Higher Honor
by Jeff Nesmith
The story of USS Yorktown
Listed under Battle of Midway

Nuclear Weapons and Aircraft Carriers : How the Bomb Saved Naval Aviation
by Jerry Miller

The Independence Light Aircraft Carriers
by Andrew Faltum
Hardcover: Nautical & Aviation Pub Co of Amer; ISBN: 1877853623; (April )

Sailors to the End: The Deadly Fire on the USS Forrestal and the Heroes Who Fought It
by Gregory A. Freeman
Listed under USS Forrestal

The Spirit of Naval Aviation : The Naval Aviation Museum Collection
M. Hill Goodspeed, et al

U.S. Aircraft Carriers : An Illustrated Design History
Norman Friedman
Hardcover / Published 1983

U.S. Navy Fighter Squadrons in World War II
by Barrett Tillman
Hardcover - 160 pages
Specialty Pr Pub & Wholesalers; ISBN: 0933424744
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The German Aircraft Carrier Graf Zeppelin
Siegfried Breyer
Paperback / Published 1990
(Special Order)

United States Naval Aviation Patches : Aircraft Carriers/Carrier Air Wings/Support Establishments (United States Navy Patches, Vol 1)
Michael L. Roberts
Hardcover / Published 1995 
(Special Order)

USS Enterprise (CV-6): The Most Decorated Ship of World War II - A Pictorial History
by Steven Ewing, Steve Ewing
Paperback from Pictorial Histories Publishing Co. Inc.

USS Saratoga (CV-3): An Illustrated History of the Legendary Aircraft Carrier 1927-1946
by John Fry
Originally laid down as one of six giant battle cruisers, the Saratoga survived the 1922 Washington Disarmament Treaty's cutting torch through her conversion to a new and seemingly benign type of vessel-the aircraft carrier. She reported for duty off Long Beach, CA in 1927 and for the next twelve years trained the men who would eventually fight World War II. One of only three carriers on duty at the outset of World War II, Saratoga, at one point, was the sole American carrier available to Naval Aviation. She suffered two torpedo attacks and a horrifying kamikaze attack, and was reported sunk many times by the Japanese. Refitted as a night-attack carrier, then relegated to the role of training carrier, Saratoga survived the war only to be sacrificed in the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in 1946. No carrier, or ship, played a greater role in developing the men and tactics that became the massive force that United States Naval Aviation., over 200 b/w photographs. The Publisher.
Hardcover: 192 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.83 x 11.33 x 8.80
Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.; ISBN: 076430089X; (January 1, )

Warbirds of the Sea : A History of Aircraft Carriers & Carrier-Based Aircraft
Walter A. Musciano
(Special Order)

The World's Great Aircraft Carriers: From the Civil War to the Present
by Antony Preston, Anthony Preston
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The Essex Aircraft Carriers
Andrew Faltum
Hardcover (March )
Nautical & Aviation Pub Co of Amer; ISBN: 1877853267
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US Carriers at War
Peter Kilduff

USS Ranger : Navy's First Flattop from Keel to Mast, 1934-46
by Robert J. Cressman
Brasseys, Inc.
Hardcover - 336 pages (March )
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Aircraft Carriers of the World, 1914 to the Present : An Illustrated Encyclopedia
Roger Chesneau
Hardcover / Published 1984
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Aircraft Carriers and the Role of Naval Power in the Twenty-First Century (National Security Paper, No. 13)
Jacquelyn K. Davis
Paperback / Published 1993
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The Ship That Held the Line : The U.S.S. Hornet and the First Year of the Pacific War
by Lisle Abbott Rose
One of the few fleet aircraft carriers in the world at the time, the ship played a vital role in the first year of the Pacific war, particularly in the Doolittle raid, at Midway, and as a vital link in holding back Japanese forces.
Hardcover (November )
United States Naval Inst.; ISBN: 1557507295
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Aircraft Carriers of the Royal and Commonwealth Navies : The Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia from World War I to the Present
David Hobbs
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The Lexington Class Carriers
Robert C. Stern
Hardcover / Published 1993 
Hardcover - 160 pages (May 1993)
United States Naval Inst.; ISBN: 1557505039
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