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Sailing on the Silver Screen: Hollywood and the U.S. Navy

Sailing on the Silver Screen: Hollywood and the U.S. Navy

Sailing on the Silver Screen: Hollywood and the U.S. Navy

Sailing on the Silver Screen: Hollywood and the U.S. Navy Hardcover - 1996

by Suid, Lawrence H

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Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1996. Book. Very Good. Hardcover. Signed by Author(s). VG Red hardcover in VG jacket. SIGNED on the ffep by the AUTHOR, "Best Wishes, Larry Suid," without personalization. Minor edgewear and light upward bowing, otherwise a clean, bright unmarked copy. Unclipped jacket with minimal edgewear and minor scuffing at the rear panel. Stated first printing on the verso, but number line begins in 2. 307 pp., indexed, b/w photos at center. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall..
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  • Title Sailing on the Silver Screen: Hollywood and the U.S. Navy
  • Author Suid, Lawrence H
  • Binding Hardcover
  • Edition First Edition
  • Condition Used - Very Good
  • Pages 306
  • Volumes 1
  • Language ENG
  • Publisher Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, Maryland
  • Date 1996
  • Bookseller's Inventory # L02199
  • ISBN 9781557507877 / 1557507872
  • Weight 1.75 lbs (0.79 kg)
  • Dimensions 10.32 x 7.25 x 1.15 in (26.21 x 18.42 x 2.92 cm)
  • Library of Congress subjects United States, War films - History and criticism
  • Library of Congress Catalog Number 95046736
  • Dewey Decimal Code 791.436

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From the rear cover

The author provides a fully documented history of the making of the Navy's image on film from the movie industry's earliest days. He goes behind the scenes for deliberations about the potential impact of certain movies on both the military and civilians, and examines the ripple effect of such watershed films as Top Gun, a movie that initially gave the Navy a needed post-Vietnam boost. However, when the Tailhook scandal erupted and the conduct of some aviators was attributed to the "flyboy" image projected in the movie, Top Gun became a liability. Lawrence Suid's inside revelations about the Navy's cinematic input range from pre-World War I to post-Cold War. More than 100 films, as varied as Annapolis and Hunt for Red October, are analyzed for their portrayal of the Navy. The book's focus is on feature films, but relevant documentaries and made-for-television movies are also discussed. Suid draws on original documents from the Department of Defense, National Archives, and private collections, and from interviews with more than 100 filmmakers, naval officers, and government officials.


Media reviews


  • Library Journal, 07/01/1996, Page 119
  • Publishers Weekly, 05/06/1996, Page 59