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Playships of the World: The Naval Diaries of Admiral Dan Gallery, 1920–1924

 
 
Author
Dan Gallery. Robert Shenk, ed.
Publisher South Carolina  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x 1 inches
ISBN 9781570037221
Pages/Publication Date 309/2008
Daedalus Item Code 41791
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After touring the USS Pittsburgh off the French Riviera in 1926, James Thurber described it as the "Playship of the World." Dan Gallery, who would later be famous for capturing the German submarine U-505 in 1944, was a young naval officer aboard the Pittsburgh and four other warships during the early 1920s, steaming to exotic lands during an era when the U.S. Navy's main mission was to be highly visible and when an officer might expect, as the recruitment motto promised, to see the world. Gallery's diaries serve as a vivid and personable travelogue through famous ports and nightspots, and record his participation as a wrestler in the 1920 Antwerp Olympic Games, among a variety of sports competitions.

"[Robert] Shenk has done a masterful job editing Dan Gallery's diaries from his extended goodwill tours in European waters and competition in the 1920 Olympics. Through Gallery's accessible and winsome prose, readers gain valuable insight into the lives of naval officers in the interwar years, notably concerning the importance of athletics, the impact of Prohibition on the navy in international waters, the nature of racial and gender stereotypes of the era, and the effects of austerity measures on the careers of junior officers. Gallery emerges as a complex, often conflicted character as he confronts temptations of flesh and drink as well as the beauty and awe of foreign ports. Playships of the World is an important contribution to early-20th-century naval historiography."—Donald A. Yerxa

 
 
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