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Stivers | Reuben Elmore [Admiral John S. McCain Jr.]

Privateers & Volunteers

First Edition | First Printing



Inscribed to Admiral John S. McCain, Jr., first edition of Privateers & Volunteers by Reuben Elmore Stivers.

Octavo, xxii, 502pp. Green cloth, title in gilt on spine and front cover. No additional printings listed on copyright page. Solid text block, a touch of wear to corners, faint sunning to spine, a near fine example. Signed opposite the title page: “To John Sidney McCain Admiral, United States Navy – Surely my benefactor, hopefully my friend and, for this naval reservist for two decades, a leader and inspiration. Reuben Elmore Stivers / January 1976.”

Admiral John S. McCain, Jr. (1911-1981) served in the United States Navy for 45 years. He was the son of Admiral John S. McCain, Sr., a four-star admiral who commanded South Pacific aircraft operations in World War II, and the father of Senator John McCain. During the Vietnam War, Admiral McCain was Commander-in-Chief of all U.S. forces in the Vietnam theater and an ardent supporter of the Vietnamization policy of President Nixon. McCain retired in 1972 and died of a heart attack in 1981. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

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Naval Institute Press


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Stivers | Reuben Elmore [Admiral John S. McCain Jr.]


[Admiral John S. McCain Jr.]

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