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Samuel Eliot Morison (1887–1976)

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Samuel Eliot Morison was born in Boston in 1887. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1912 and began teaching history there in 1915, becoming full professor in 1925 and Jonathan Trumbull professor of American history in 1941. He served as the university's official historian and wrote a näytä lisää three-volume history of the institution, the Tercentennial History of Harvard College and University, which was completed in 1936. Between 1922 and 1925 he was Harmsworth professor of American history at Oxford. He also was an accomplished sailor who retired from the navy in 1951 as a rear admiral. In preparing for his Pulitzer Prize-winning biographies of Christopher Columbus and John Paul Jones, Admiral of the Ocean Sea (1941) and John Paul Jones: A Sailor's Biography (1952) he took himself out of the study and onto the high seas, where he traced the voyages of his subjects and "lived" their stories insofar as possible. When it came time for the U.S. Navy to select an author to write a history of its operations in World War II, Morison was the natural choice for the task. In 1942, Morison was commissioned by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to write a history of U.S. naval operations in World War II and given the rank of lieutenant commander. The 15 volumes of his History of United States Naval Operations in World War II appeared between 1947 and 1962. Although he retired from Harvard in 1955, Morison continued his research and writing. A product of the Brahmin tradition, Morison wrote about Bostonians and other New Englanders and about life in early Massachusetts. He was an "American historian" in the fullest sense of the term. He also had a keen appreciation for the larger history of the nation and world, provincial is the last word one would use to describe Morison's writing. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän
Image credit: Samuel Eliot Morison (1887-1976) "Navy file photo of Rear Adm. Samuel Eliot Morison, USNR, the eminent naval and maritime historian and Pulitzer prize winning author."


Tekijän teokset

Christopher Columbus, Mariner (1942) 305 kappaletta
Leyte, June 1944-January 1945 (1958) 199 kappaletta
Victory in the Pacific, 1945 (1960) 171 kappaletta
Builders of the Bay Colony (1930) 133 kappaletta
One boy's Boston, 1887-1901 (1962) 44 kappaletta
Strategy and compromise (1958) 38 kappaletta
The Francis Parkman Reader (1955) 38 kappaletta
The Founding of Harvard College (1935) 36 kappaletta
Spring Tides (1965) 30 kappaletta
Dissent in Three American Wars (1970) 19 kappaletta
The Caribbean as Columbus saw it (1964) 13 kappaletta
An hour of American history (1960) 10 kappaletta
The Parkman Reader (1955) — Toimittaja; Johdanto — 9 kappaletta
Vistas of History (1964) 8 kappaletta
Guadalcanal (2019) 1 kappale
American Neptune 1 kappale
A Woman's Life 1 kappale

Associated Works

Of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 (1856) — Toimittaja, eräät painokset1,305 kappaletta
Montcalm and Wolfe (1884) — Johdanto, eräät painokset380 kappaletta
The Mammoth Book of True War Stories (1992) — Avustaja — 87 kappaletta
A Quarto of Modern Literature (1935) — Avustaja — 40 kappaletta
Pulitzer Prize Reader (1961) — Avustaja — 27 kappaletta
Family Treasury of Great Biographies Volume 05 (1970) — Tekijä — 23 kappaletta
Battle: True Stories of Combat in World War II (1965) — Avustaja — 21 kappaletta
The Saturday Evening Post Book of the Sea and Ships (1978) — Avustaja — 16 kappaletta

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Virallinen nimi
Morison, Samuel Eliot
Forest Hill Cemetery, Northeast Harbor, Maine, USA (ashes buried)
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Harvard University (BA | MA | 1908 | Ph.D | History | 1912)
École Libre des Sciences Politiques
Beck, Emily Morison (daughter)
Santayana, George (teacher)
Harvard University
University of Oxford
University of California, Berkeley
American Historical Association
United States Naval Reserve (WWII)
United States Army (WWI)
Palkinnot ja kunnianosoitukset
Presidential Medal of Freedom (1964)
American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1915)
American Philosophical Society (1937)
American Academy of Arts and Letters (1963)
Pulitzer Prize (1943, 1960)
Bancroft Prize (1949, 1972) (näytä kaikki 17)
Balzan Prize (1962)
Officer, Order of Merit of the Italian Republic (1961)
Loubat Prize (1938)
American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal (1962)
Honorary member, Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati (1938)
Commander, Order of Isabella the Catholic (1963)
Francis Parkman Prize for Special Achievement (1970)
Alfred Thayer Mahan Award for Literary Achievement (1961)
Emerson-Thoreau Medal (1961)
Vuelo Panamericano Medal (1943)
Commander, Order of the White Rose of Finland
Lyhyt elämäkerta
Samuel Eliot Morison (July 9, 1887–May 15, 1976) was professor of history at Harvard University. Known for his works on maritime history, Morison's service in the US Navy during the Second World War provided firsthand research for his 15-volume History of United States Naval Operations in World War II. Among other awards and honors, he received two Pulitzer Prizes, two Bancroft Prizes, the Balzan Prize, the Legion of Merit, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.



Just what it says. Near contemporaneous narrative history. Familiar ground but well told. Casual racism throughout.

Especially appreciated the submarine action reports, need to get to Silent Victory.
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kcshankd | Aug 19, 2023 |
Accidently started to read, and couldn't put down. Near contemporary narrative history. Started to collect the set through a book club in high school some 30+ years ago, reunited when mom cleaned out a storage unit.

Starts with an 80-page prelude to the war, covers the opening attacks, Coral Sea, and through the Doolittle raid.

Casual racism throughout.
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kcshankd | 2 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Aug 19, 2023 |
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rjrobbins2 | May 21, 2023 |
The result was a normal historical work, not a prescribed official history. Limitations of the History of U.S. Naval Operations are mostly due to its shortened period of publication. Some material, especially related to codebreaking, was still classified, and later in-depth research into particular occurrences in the war did clarify points that had been passed over rather lightly. Some rewriting was incorporated in the later printings of this series. This History of U.S. Naval Operations also intentionally avoided a certain amount of analysis, for instance deferring to other works for the causes of the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor. The intended audience for the work, to quote from the preface, was "the general reader rather than the professional sailor."
MISSING: #2. Operations in North African Waters: October 1942 – June 1943
#4. Coral Sea, Midway, and Submarine Actions: May 1942 – August 1942
#8. New Guinea and the Marianas: March 1944 – August 1944
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MasseyLibrary | 2 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 5, 2023 |



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