Six Frigates  The Epic History of the Founding of the U S  Navy Book
Score: 4
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Six Frigates The Epic History of the Founding of the U S Navy


  • Author : Ian W. Toll
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release Date : 2008-02-26
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 585
  • ISBN 10 : 9780393330328

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Six Frigates The Epic History of the Founding of the U S Navy Excerpt :

Describes the origins and early history of the American Navy, discussing the debates by the founding fathers over the need for a permanent military, the decision to construct six heavy frigates, the campaign against Tripoli, and the war of 1812, including the confrontation between the USS Constitution and HMS Guerriere that raised the U.S. to a global power. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.

Six Frigates  The Epic History of the Founding of the U S  Navy Book
Score: 4
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Six Frigates The Epic History of the Founding of the U S Navy


  • Author : Ian W. Toll
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release Date : 2008-03-17
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 592
  • ISBN 10 : 0393066649

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Six Frigates The Epic History of the Founding of the U S Navy Excerpt :

"A fluent, intelligent history...give[s] the reader a feel for the human quirks and harsh demands of life at sea."—New York Times Book Review Before the ink was dry on the U.S. Constitution, the establishment of a permanent military became the most divisive issue facing the new government. The founders—particularly Jefferson, Madison, and Adams—debated fiercely. Would a standing army be the thin end of dictatorship? Would a navy protect from pirates or drain the treasury and provoke hostility? Britain alone had hundreds of powerful warships. From the decision to build six heavy frigates, through the cliff-hanger campaign against Tripoli, to the war that shook the world in 1812, Ian W. Toll tells this grand tale with the political insight of Founding Brothers and the narrative flair of Patrick O'Brian.

Six Frigates Book
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Six Frigates


  • Author : Ian W. Toll
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2007-09
  • Genre: Frigates
  • Pages : 560
  • ISBN 10 : 0141014563

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Six Frigates Excerpt :

With the flash and thunder of eighteen pounders firing repeatedly, the Royal Navy came to rule the waves in the opening years of the nineteenth century. Yet just as Britain left its European neighbours too frightened to leave their shores, across the Atlantic a fledgling naval force was putting to sea. Ian Toll recounts how the nascent United States came to challenge British supremacy in the short-lived but often vicious war of 181215. Though they were inexperienced, outnumbered and outgunned, just six American frigates took on the might of His Majestyrs"s navy and Toll brilliantly describes, in hair-raising detail, some of the most thrilling actions ever fought.

Ships of Oak  Guns of Iron Book

Ships of Oak Guns of Iron


  • Author : Ronald Utt
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2012-12-03
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 528
  • ISBN 10 : 9781621570080

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Ships of Oak Guns of Iron Excerpt :

The War of 1812 is typically noted for a handful of events: the burning of the White House, the rise of the Star Spangled Banner, and the battle of New Orleans. But in fact the greatest consequence of that distant conflict was the birth of the U.S. Navy. During the War of 1812, America’s tiny fleet took on the mightiest naval power on earth, besting the British in a string of victories that stunned both nations. In his new book, Ships of Oak and Guns of Iron: The War of 1812 and the Birth of the American Navy, author Dr. Ronald Utt not only sheds new light on the naval battles of the War of 1812 and how they gave birth to our nation’s great navy, but tells the story of the War of 1812 through the portraits of famous American war heroes. From the cunning Stephen Decatur to the fierce David Porter, Ships of Oak and Guns of Iron relates how thousands of American men and boys gave better than they got against the British Navy. The great age of fighting sail is as rich in heroic drama as any epoch. Dr. Utt’s Ships of Oak and Guns of Iron retrieves the American chapter of that epoch from unjustified obscurity, and offers readers an intriguing chronicle of the War of 1812 as well as a unique perspective on the birth of the U.S. Navy.

1812 Book
Score: 4
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1812


  • Author : Jon Latimer
  • Publisher : Harvard University Press
  • Release Date : 2009-07-01
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 656
  • ISBN 10 : 0674039955

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Listen to a short interview with Jon Latimer Host: Chris Gondek - Producer: Heron & Crane In the first complete history of the War of 1812 written from a British perspective, Jon Latimer offers an authoritative and compelling account that places the conflict in its strategic context within the Napoleonic wars. The British viewed the War of 1812 as an ill-fated attempt by the young American republic to annex Canada. For British Canada, populated by many loyalists who had fled the American Revolution, this was a war for survival. The Americans aimed both to assert their nationhood on the global stage and to expand their territory northward and westward. Americans would later find in this war many iconic moments in their national story--the bombardment of Fort McHenry (the inspiration for Francis Scott Key's Star Spangled Banner); the Battle of Lake Erie; the burning of Washington; the death of Tecumseh; Andrew Jackson's victory at New Orleans--but their war of conquest was ultimately a failure. Even the issues of neutrality and impressment that had triggered the war were not resolved in the peace treaty. For Britain, the war was subsumed under a long conflict to stop Napoleon and to preserve the empire. The one lasting result of the war was in Canada, where the British victory eliminated the threat of American conquest, and set Canadians on the road toward confederation. Latimer describes events not merely through the eyes of generals, admirals, and politicians but through those of the soldiers, sailors, and ordinary people who were directly affected. Drawing on personal letters, diaries, and memoirs, he crafts an intimate narrative that marches the reader into the heat of battle.

Nelson s Trafalgar Book
Score: 4
From 10 Ratings

Nelson s Trafalgar


  • Author : Roy Adkins
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2006-10-31
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN 10 : 9781440627293

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Nelson s Trafalgar Excerpt :

An explosive chronicle of history's greatest sea battle, from the co-author of the forthcoming Gibraltar: The Greatest Siege in British History (March 2018) In the tradition of Antony Beevor's Stalingrad, Nelson's Trafalgar presents the definitive blow-by-blow account of the world's most famous naval battle, when the British Royal Navy under Lord Horatio Nelson dealt a decisive blow to the forces of Napoleon. The Battle of Trafalgar comes boldly to life in this definitive work that re-creates those five momentous, earsplitting hours with unrivaled detail and intensity.

Pacific Crucible  War at Sea in the Pacific  1941 1942  Vol  1   The Pacific War Trilogy  Book
Score: 4.5
From 18 Ratings

Pacific Crucible War at Sea in the Pacific 1941 1942 Vol 1 The Pacific War Trilogy


  • Author : Ian W. Toll
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release Date : 2011-11-14
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 656
  • ISBN 10 : 9780393083170

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Pacific Crucible War at Sea in the Pacific 1941 1942 Vol 1 The Pacific War Trilogy Excerpt :

Winner of the Northern California Book Award for Nonfiction "Both a serious work of history…and a marvelously readable dramatic narrative." —San Francisco Chronicle On the first Sunday in December 1941, an armada of Japanese warplanes appeared suddenly over Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and devastated the U.S. Pacific Fleet. Six months later, in a sea fight north of the tiny atoll of Midway, four Japanese aircraft carriers were sent into the abyss, a blow that destroyed the offensive power of their fleet. Pacific Crucible—through a dramatic narrative relying predominantly on primary sources and eyewitness accounts of heroism and sacrifice from both navies—tells the epic tale of these first searing months of the Pacific war, when the U.S. Navy shook off the worst defeat in American military history to seize the strategic initiative.

Hen Frigates Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

Hen Frigates


  • Author : Joan Druett
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 1999-05-04
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 278
  • ISBN 10 : 9780684854342

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Hen Frigates Excerpt :

A hen frigate is any boat with the captain's wife on board. This is their story of life on the high seas.

Old Ironsides Book

Old Ironsides


  • Author : David Fitz-Enz
  • Publisher : Taylor Trade Publications
  • Release Date : 2009-01-15
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9781589794283

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Old Ironsides Excerpt :

This is the story of the oldest warship afloat in the world, the venerable frigate USS Constitution, the cornerstone of the nascent American navy created by act of Congress in 1794. Colonel David Fitz-Enz re-creates the world of sail, when seven knots an hour was considered blinding speed for a warship. In Old Ironsides, Fitz-Enz tells the story of the ship, from its construction to the ongoing restoration efforts that keep it active today.

Intrepid Sailors Book

Intrepid Sailors


  • Author : Chipp Reid
  • Publisher : Naval Institute Press
  • Release Date : 2012-10-15
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 302
  • ISBN 10 : 9781612511252

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Intrepid Sailors Excerpt :

Reid tells one of the greatest sea stories in the history of the U.S. Navy. Under Commodore Edward Preble, the Navy came of age fighting the scourge of the time, the infamous Barbary Pirates. Intrepid Sailors chronicles the Navy’s campaign to subdue the pirate leader of Tripoli, who declared war on the United States in 1801. After two failed campaigns, Preble took command of the U.S. squadron in the Mediterranean and served notice to world the U.S. Navy would be a force with which to reckon. Among the ships in Preble’s flotilla was a non-descript little ketch. Once a French supply boat, the ketch served Tripoli until the U.S. squadron captured her in 1803. Upon her capture, Preble incorporated the little boat into his force, re-naming her the Intrepid. She was the first ship in the United States Navy to bear the name of Intrepid and would play a central role in some of the primary feats of “Preble’s Boys.” The exploits of the officers and sailors in this campaign are the stuff of legend. In culling myth from fact, Reid went back to original sources, using the words of the men in the campaign to tell their story. Whether it is Decatur leading the daring raid to burn the captured frigate Philadelphia or the escape attempts of American prisoners in Tripoli, Intrepid Sailors brings to life a story many Americans once widely knew but that today has become little more than footnote. Unlike other books on the topic, however, Intrepid Sailors delves into the development of officers and sailors under Preble. Most were half the age of their commander and few had major combat experience. Under Preble, these men forged a legacy of professionalism to which the Navy still adheres. The book also examines one of the most famous friendships in American and Navy history – that of Decatur and Somers. Their thirst for glory and utter devotion to making the U.S. Navy a permanent, respected force inspired all around them but that quest for immortality never caused a breach in

If By Sea Book

If By Sea


  • Author : George C. Daughan
  • Publisher : Basic Books
  • Release Date : 2008-05-13
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 568
  • ISBN 10 : 9780786731930

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If By Sea Excerpt :

The American Revolution-and thus the history of the United States-began not on land but on the sea. Paul Revere began his famous midnight ride not by jumping on a horse, but by scrambling into a skiff with two other brave patriots to cross Boston Harbor to Charlestown. Revere and his companions rowed with muffled oars to avoid capture by the British warships closely guarding the harbor. As they paddled silently, Revere's neighbor was flashing two lanterns from the belfry of Old North Church, signaling patriots in Charlestown that the redcoats were crossing the Charles River in longboats. In every major Revolutionary battle thereafter the sea would play a vital, if historically neglected, role. When the American colonies took up arms against Great Britain, they were confronting the greatest sea-power of the age. And it was during the War of Independence that the American Navy was born. But following the British naval model proved crushingly expensive, and the Founding Fathers fought viciously for decades over whether or not the fledgling republic truly needed a deep-water fleet. The debate ended only when the Federal Navy proved indispensable during the War of 1812. Drawing on decades of prodigious research, historian George C. Daughan chronicles the embattled origins of the U.S. Navy. From the bloody and gunpowder-drenched battles fought by American sailors on lakes and high seas to the fierce rhetorical combat waged by the Founders in Congress, If By Sea charts the course by which the Navy became a vital and celebrated American institution.

The Hacienda Book
Score: 4
From 6 Ratings

The Hacienda


  • Author : Isabel Cañas
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2022-05-03
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 353
  • ISBN 10 : 9780593436714

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The Hacienda Excerpt :

Mexican Gothic meets Rebecca in this debut supernatural suspense novel, set in the aftermath of the Mexican War of Independence, about a remote house, a sinister haunting, and the woman pulled into their clutches... During the overthrow of the Mexican government, Beatriz’s father was executed and her home destroyed. When handsome Don Rodolfo Solórzano proposes, Beatriz ignores the rumors surrounding his first wife’s sudden demise, choosing instead to seize the security that his estate in the countryside provides. She will have her own home again, no matter the cost. But Hacienda San Isidro is not the sanctuary she imagined. When Rodolfo returns to work in the capital, visions and voices invade Beatriz’s sleep. The weight of invisible eyes follows her every move. Rodolfo’s sister, Juana, scoffs at Beatriz’s fears—but why does she refuse to enter the house at night? Why does the cook burn copal incense at the edge of the kitchen and mark the doorway with strange symbols? What really happened to the first Doña Solórzano? Beatriz only knows two things for certain: Something is wrong with the hacienda. And no one there will save her. Desperate for help, she clings to the young priest, Padre Andrés, as an ally. No ordinary priest, Andrés will have to rely on his skills as a witch to fight off the malevolent presence haunting the hacienda and protect the woman for whom he feels a powerful, forbidden attraction. But even he might not be enough to battle the darkness. Far from a refuge, San Isidro may be Beatriz’s doom.

Constitution Book
Score: 2
From 1 Ratings

Constitution


  • Author : United States
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1893
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 58
  • ISBN 10 : PRNC:32101050870540

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Commander Book
Score: 4.5
From 2 Ratings

Commander


  • Author : Stephen Taylor
  • Publisher : Faber & Faber
  • Release Date : 2012-09-04
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN 10 : 9780571277131

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Commander Excerpt :

Edward Pellew, captain of the legendary Indefatigable, was quite simply the greatest frigate captain in the age of sail. An incomparable seaman, ferociously combative yet chivalrous, a master of the quarterdeck and an athlete of the tops, he was as quick to welcome a gallant foe into his cabin as to dive to the rescue of a man overboard. He is the likely model for the heroic but all-too-human Jack Aubrey in Patrick O'Brian's novels. Pellew was orphaned at eight, but fought his way from the very bottom of the Navy to fleet command and a viscountcy. Victories and eye-catching feats won him a public following. Yet as an outsider with a gift for antagonizing his better-born peers, he made powerful enemies. Redemption came with his last command, when he set off to do battle with the Barbary States and free thousands of European slaves. Contemporary opinion held this to be an impossible mission, and Pellew himself, in leading from the front in the style of his direct contemporary Nelson, did not expect to survive. Pellew's humanity as much as his gallantry, fondness for subordinates and blind love for his family, and the warmth and intimacy of his letters, make him a hugely engaging and sympathetic figure. In Stephen Taylor's magnificent new life he at last has the biography he deserves.

The U S  Navy Book

The U S Navy


  • Author : Craig L. Symonds
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • Release Date : 2016
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 149
  • ISBN 10 : 9780199394944

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The U S Navy Excerpt :

This brisk narrative charts the history of the United States Navy from its birth during the American Revolution through its emergence as a global power amid the world wars of the twentieth century and finally to its current role as a superpower in the twenty-first century.