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Captains Contentious: The Dysfunctional Sons of the Brine (Studies in Maritime History)

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In Captains Contentious accomplished maritime historian Louis Arthur Norton observes that many of the captains of the Continental Navy were quite obstinate as compared to their British counterparts. In doing so Norton surveys the lives and military accomplishments of five captains in the nascent Continental Navy, investigating how their personality flaws both hindered ...more
Hardcover, 185 pages
Published June 1st 2009 by University of South Carolina Press (first published May 31st 2009)
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Rick Spilman
Sep 21, 2009 Rick Spilman rated it really liked it
Louis Arthur Norton’s book Captains Contentious – The Dysfunctional Sons of the Brine is an entertaining reminder that history is finally about individuals, dedicated to the causes in which they believe, as well as serving their own needs and obsessions.

My one complaint with Captains Contentious is that I wanted more. At 146 pages before the notes and index, it whet my appetite, but left me hungry. The book is in some respects very similar in focus and approach to Gordon Wood’s recent book, Revo
Urey Patrick
An interesting introduction to major naval figures of the American navy during the Revolutionary War. The author tries too hard to establish the point of the title - these men were contentious... but so were just about everybody else of the day. Ego, pride, honor, self aggrandizement - all were evident in greater or lesser degrees among all the principal figures of the time, on both sides of the War. It was not a distinguishing characteristic that defined these naval officers alone... it was a ...more
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