The Coast Guard
by Tom Beard


Working in conjunction with the Foundation for Coast Guard History, Levin Associates will present the exciting, full-color, illustrated history of the United States Coast Guard.

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cover image From protecting our coastlines and inland waterways, to drug interdiction, combat missions, and its new prominent position as guardian against terrorism as part of the Department of Homeland Security, the United States Coast Guard maintains a constant vigil in the safeguarding of American people, property, and way of life. Its roots stem from the establishment of the Revenue Cutter Service and Lighthouse Establishment in 1790 to regulate and protect commercial shipping as well as carry out maritime search and rescue, and the federalization of volunteer beach life-saving patrols as the Life-Saving Service in 1871. These two organizations merged in 1915 to form the Coast Guard. Now, the spirit and essence of the Coast Guard is celebrated for the first time in a definitive, magnificently illustrated, large format book published with the Foundation for Coast Guard History.

Written by an outstanding team, including historians and distinguished active and retired officers including two Commandants, The Coast Guard has over 350 pages of riveting and informative text and stories of the "Coastie" experience. Essays on history, lighthouses, search and rescue, training, aviation, the drug war, and the war on terrorism all have one common focus: the incredibly trained and highly motivated people that make it all work. Stunning full-color and vintage photography and historically inspired paintings complement the text.

The Coast Guard enables the history of America's Coast Guard to be cherished permanently in a handsome package that all Coast Guard personnel will be proud to own and—with its unique medallion-inlaid cover—to display. This book will be read again and again by past and present personnel, their families and friends, and the countless others that have been inspired and intrigued by the exploits of the United States Coast Guard.


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14 1/2 x 10 1/2 in., 368 pages
ISBN: 0-88363-116-4
$75.00 U.S.

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