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Kit Bonner

USS Iowa at War

Kit Bonner Uss Iowa At War
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Biographical note:

Governor Tom Vilsack was elected Iowa\u2019s 39th Governor in 1998, the first Democratic governor of the state in more than 30 years. He was re-elected to a second four-year term in 2002. Prior to being elected governor, Governor Vilsack was an Iowa State Senator (1992-98) and the mayor of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa (1987-92) as well as managing a private law practice with his father-in-law.
Kit and Carolyn Bonner are naval historians and photographers. They have authored or co-authored numerous books, including Great Ship Disasters, Warship Boneyards, Cold War at Sea, and Great Naval Disasters. Kit was the naval consultant for the 1997 blockbuster film, Titanic. They live in Ione, California.Governor Tom Vilsack was elected Iowa's 39th Governor in 1998, the first Democratic governor of the state in more than 30 years. He was re-elected to a second four-year term in 2002. Prior to being elected governor, Governor Vilsack was an Iowa State Senator (1992-98) and the mayor of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa (1987-92) as well as managing a private law practice with his father-in-law.
Kit Bonner and Carolyn Bonner are naval historians and photographers. They have authored or co-authored numerous books, including USS Iowa at War, Modern Warships, Great Ship Disasters, Warship Boneyards, Cold War at Sea, and Great Naval Disasters. The Bonners live in Ione, California.

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“The Bonner’s are at it again! And this time maritime journalism’s most prolific writer/photographer team focus their deft talents on a beloved sure-fire subject – the mighty battleship Iowa…USS Iowa at War captures the drama of this historic battle – with the U.S. Navy spoiling for revenge for Pearl Harbor – as well as the other great engagements of the Iowa and the mighty vessels of her class.”
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The lead ship of her class, the last of the battleships--and the best--the USS Iowa (BB 61) marks the beginning and end of a naval era. This book traces the Iowas long and storied career--from her conception in the 1930s as the first of the 45,000-ton class of battleships, through her distinguished service in World War II and Korea and the 1980s, to her historic status today. Along the way, the Iowa earned eleven battle stars and took part in what many consider the last of the great battleship engagements, the Battle of Leyte Gulf in October 1944. USS Iowa at War captures the drama of this historic battle--with the U.S. Navy spoiling for revenge for Pearl Harbor--as well as the other great engagements of the Iowa and the mighty vessels of her class; in particular, the book depicts the ships part in the Battle of the Philippine Sea, where Iowa effectively destroyed all that remained of Japans carrier-based aircraft.

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Sea Classics, August 2007

“The Bonner’s are at it again! And this time maritime journalism’s most prolific writer/photographer team focuses their deft talents on a beloved sure-fire subject – the mighty battleship IowaUSS Iowa at War captures the drama of this historic battle – with the U.S. Navy spoiling

Cybermodeler Online, April 2007
"Zenith has released an interesting new title covering the history of the USS Iowa...[USS Iowa at War] is nicely illustrated with a mix of period photos as well as nice images taken around the preserved ship. The illustrations are also very nicely done...If you're a battleship enthusiast or naval history hobbyist, this title will provide you with a nice look at the history and development of these ultimate battleships and their impact on world events. This title is well done and definitely recommended reading!"

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