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George Washington's Secret Navy: How the American Revolution Went to Sea

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In 1775 General George Washington secretly armed a handful of small ships and sent them to sea against the world'smightiest navy

From the author of the critically acclaimed "Benedict Arnold's Navy," here is the story of how America's first commander-in-chief -- whose previous military experience had been entirely on land --nursed the fledgling American Revolution through a
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Paperback, 378 pages
Published April 27th 2009 by McGraw-Hill (first published April 21st 2008)
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Jo Gillespie
Jun 17, 2015 Jo Gillespie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well written and well researched. A wonderful research reference for someone like me, an author of historical fiction.
Tom
Mar 05, 2016 Tom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good read. The author takes us back to 1775 when George Washington arrived in Cambridge after Lexington, Concord and Battle Hill and operating on a shoestring. The colonists held the land around and above Boston where the British and loyalists were situated. Washington's background and experience was with land-based fighting. He knew he didn't have the manpower, materials or supplies to confront the British and he didn't want the British to learn how poorly manned and armed the colonists ...more
Kevin Zwiefelhofer
This was a good book. I didn't know the significance of American's naval warfare during the revolution as history books seem to imply that France was our naval crutch. True they were vital to America's victory, it may not had come to that if it weren't for the role Americans undertook in the early years.
Todd
Feb 10, 2011 Todd rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall, there was a lot of interesting information in this book. It was clearly carefully researched by the author. However "If By Sea: The Forging of the American Navy From the Revolution to the War of 1812" by George Daughan, was written in a much more compelling way (although the role of Washington in the early navy is only lightly brushed upon).

If the early days of the American navy, or greater insight into Washington and the early days of his command are of interest to you, then "George W
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David
Jan 04, 2009 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book assumes a certain level of knowledge about the basics of the American Revolution that is not known to overseas readers however that is not spoiling my enjoyment of it
Joseph
Aug 06, 2009 Joseph rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In-depth and very informative.
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James L. Nelson (1962-) is an American historical nautical novelist. He was born in Lewiston, Maine. In 1980, Nelson graduated from Lewiston High School. Nelson attended the University of Massachusetts, Amherst for two years, and then transferred to UCLA, with the ambition of becoming a film director. Nelson, his wife, Lisa, and their daughter Betsy lived for two years in Steubenville, Ohio, while ...more
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