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Old May 24th, 2017, 10:38 AM   #1
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Age of Sail - Non-Fiction Books


I probably should have done this a while ago. This thread is specifically for non-fiction, age-of-sail book recommendations (and short reviews, if you've read them).

There are also a lot of book recommendations on the miscellaneous thread as well most of the other age of sail threads. Actually, if you must know, almost any thread started by me has book recommendations by myself or others.

I like books.

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Old May 24th, 2017, 10:55 AM   #2
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The Struggle For Sea Power: A Naval History Of The American Revolution by Sam Willis has to be one of my favorite books. I can't remember if someone here recommended it, or if I came across it on my own.

He did such a nice job going over lots of topics most books never cover. I loved his explanation about obtaining gun powder, and how hard it was to obtain good gunpowder. He talked about the different components, and who had the largest supply of what, etc.

He also talked about lake warfare and river warfare and other water warfare that most books don't cover.

I could go on.

I didn't love everything though. He didn't mention Little Egg Harbor, NJ at all. Perhaps it wasn't as important a place as I've thought - that's possible, though I'm not so sure. Also, in the book the timing of when John Paul Jones was in (or left) Texel is wrong. I probably wouldn't have even realized, but I'd just finished a lot of research on that particular time period as it related to JPJ.

Overall, this is an excellent book. I highly recommend it.
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I think I may have mentioned this book on another thread, but I liked it enough to mention it again. I will probably buy it in paperback at some point because there are a lot of tables that don't show up in the kindle format.

If you're interested in the British Royal Navy during the late 18th century/early 19th century, this is a good book about frigate captains.

It's been awhile since I read it, so I can't remember specifics at the moment.
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The very best book I've read is Thayer's The Influence of Sea Power Upon History. It really opened the eyes of this former US Army landlubber. Thayer also wrote about Nelson, the Napoleonic Wars and the War of 1812 (a part of the Napoleonic Wars).
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I recommend you, in regard to Spanish navy, this works:

*About the corsair base at Dunkirk
https://books.google.es/books?id=Heo...page&q&f=false

*About the Spanish naval power in general
https://books.google.es/books?id=Pvp...page&q&f=false
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Part II of NAM Rodger's history of the Royal Navy & Part I

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The very best book I've read is Thayer's The Influence of Sea Power Upon History. It really opened the eyes of this former US Army landlubber. Thayer also wrote about Nelson, the Napoleonic Wars and the War of 1812 (a part of the Napoleonic Wars).

Oops--should have been A.T. Mahan: https://www.amazon.com/Influence-His.../dp/0486255093
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The Wooden World by NAM Rodger is a definite must-have for anyone interested in the British Royal Navy.

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This one dragged in places, but I still thought it was a good book overall. It's based on the journal of Graham Moore. It probably seemed to drag because, it's based on his life, and whose life is a continuous action story?
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