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Old May 25th, 2017, 11:09 AM   #11
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Triceratops - How did you make your book pictures nice and small like that?
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Old May 25th, 2017, 11:16 AM   #12
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Another good one by Sam Willis.
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Old May 25th, 2017, 11:21 AM   #13
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This was an early purchase of mine when I first became interested in military maritime history. I really like it. It's not the topmost scholarly work in my library, but it highlights several incidents from the ARW and I'd recommend it as a good starter book for someone interested in maritime history as it relates to the American Revolution and privateers.
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If you want to know more on the technical side of fighting sail, the rigging, the different types of ships, the tactics, the organisation, Nelson's Navy by Brian Lavery is the single best volume I have in my collection. It's very informative and pleasant to read, and set up in a way you can reference things easily.

I second Triceratops those books are a must have.
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This is my next purchase.

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This is my next purchase.
I have drooled over that one, but really want his book about the French Navy during the American Revolution more than I want the Seven Years one. I forget, the ARW is either, not available, or too expensive.
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Triceratops - How did you make your book pictures nice and small like that?

They were that size when I found them.

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maybe too small ??

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Another book about the naval fighting in the War of 1812.

By "Hornblower" author C. S Forester.

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Old August 23rd, 2017, 06:36 PM   #19
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Just finished reading this book and really liked it. This event gets overshadowed by the Boston Tea Party and Lexington and Concord, but it was an important event in the overall picture of events leading up to the ARW and shouldn't be forgotten.

I also liked reading about some of the reasoning behind why RN captains did what they did and about some events I'd never read about before that preceded this event in Rhode Island.

The book's not super thick when you divide it from all the notes and bibliography in the back.

On a personal level, I liked it because I've been having some trouble deciding what one of my book series characters is doing, and this book gave me the aha! moment I've been searching for. Yeah!
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Triceratops - the small pictures are perfect. Wish I could figure out how to make mine that size.

Anyway, here's another book I've read recently. It's not a maritime book, per se, but the kidnapping of Richard Prescott was a maritime operation in many respects and involved evading the RN (very) close by.

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I liked it for the most part. I grew up near Basking Ridge, where General Charles Lee was captured, so it's interesting to read books that discuss the ARW in NJ, especially close to places I am familiar with.

I really enjoyed reading about Prescott's kidnapping and how clever the whole operation was planned. I don't want to give away spoilers, but it's pretty amazing that the whole thing went so well.

On the down side, and to be honest, this could ALL be me, I didn't find the book as easy or enjoyable to read as McBurney's Spies in Revolutionary Rhode Island. But, I know that it may be because I tend to get a lot of interruptions when I read a book. His spy book was short and a quick read, so, fewer interruptions - very good .

One other thing that I do wish the author expounded upon was Lee's intentions. The author got me hooked on wondering more about Lee and his allegiance and then he said it was "beyond the scope of this book," leaving me hanging. I would have liked a slight bit more - not enough to ruin the author's future book sales, but just a little extra for those of us not as interested in pursuing every aspect of the ARW on land - even in NJ, LOL (I'm more into the maritime stuff and land stuff that connects to maritime stuff).
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