Monday, April 28, 2014

Hundreds of E-Readers Preloaded with Texas A&M Press Content Sent To Submarines Around the World

COLLEGE STATION—Findaway World has ordered 385 e-Readers loaded with “Execute Against Japan:” The U.S. Decision to Conduct Unrestricted Submarine Warfare (Texas A&M University Press, 2009) to be sent to submarines around the world.

Findaway World has partnered with publishers around the globe to produce audio renditions of titles, developing a catalog of more than 50,000 audiobooks. It also offers titles through its digital platform and Playaway devices – MP3 players that contain only one book.

“Execute Against Japan,” written by military historian Joel Ira Holwitt, focuses on the aftermath of the Pearl Harbor attacks, when American military leaders moved to targeting not only Japanese military assets but all Japanese shipping – an illegal move, according to the author.

In this 2012 Naval Operations Professional Reading Program-selected book, active duty submarine officer Holwitt combines archival sources from the National Archives, the Naval Historical Center, the Naval War College, Yale University and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library. He reconstructs the development of both the U.S. submarine fleet and the policies for its use during World War II.

As he demonstrates, faced with “the terrifying specter of an Axis victory,” U.S. naval leaders reluctantly chose a form of warfare they despised, judging it to be the lesser of two wrongs.

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