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Fighting sail (The Seafarers)

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Paperback, 184 pages
Published by Time Life UK (first published 1978)
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Oct 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Fighting Sail covers the half-century or so up to and including the Battle of Trafalgar. Perhaps Whipple can be criticised for his Anglo-centric bias, but a certain slant was inevitable - this was the golden age of the Royal Navy. Their mighty ships-of-the-line ruled the oceans, and no figure stood taller (metaphorically speaking) than the flawed, captivating Horatio Nelson. A certain concentration on the details of his life and career cannot be avoided.

It's a desperate shame that Time Life no l
Nov 14, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who like the word 'grog'
This book is out of one of those Time/Life series that no one ever owned but seemed to grace every high school library in the 1980's and 90's. There was a series about WWII, Vietnam, The Civil War, the Old West and I vaguely recall one about the occult or the supernatural that completely freaked me out. I absolutely loved them back then and I love them even more now, despite the the fact that they are extremely goofy.

The "contemporary" illustrations are so pathetic that I didn't know whether to
Apr 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
My DH found this in a used books store and got it for me. It's an enjoyable (though very biased) account of Lord Nelson's career and the naval battles which he fought. There was some good detail about these actions, and if you are interested in the subject but not already greatly knowledgeable, this is a worthwhile read.
Ray Savarda
Good, but it should have been titled "english naval superiority 1700's-18012". Talks little about anything else.
Dec 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My favorite in the series.
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