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To Rule The Waves by Arthur Herman
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Dec 05, 2007

really liked it
Read in January, 2005

A very detailed and comprehensive history of the British Navy, from the days of the Seadogs to the Falkland War. In spite of the book's detail and span, it is an engaging read, although it is difficult to remember any real details afterwards. In addition to the enjoyment of reading this book, I learned all sorts of trivia like where the term "grog" comes from, that the phrase "square meal" originated in the British Navy, and (horrifyingly) that in 1720 the average Briton consumed twelve pounds of sugar a day.

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