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Empire of the Seas - BBC TV Tie-in to Dan Snow's Timewatch series [Hardcover]

Brian Lavery
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24 Nov 2009
This new book, a tie-in to a major BBC TV series presented by Dan Snow, is written by one of the nation's foremost naval historians, and tells the story of how the Royal Navy shaped the politics, culture and economy of Britain, leaving its imprint on everything from our landscape, to our democracy and even our very identity. At its peak, it became the driving force behind the spread of a system of values which would change the world forever. And then it lost it all. In "Empire of the Seas", Brian Lavery re-injects the romance into Britain's seafaring past. He discusses the hidden human stories behind the celebrated sea-battles and also provides a warts-and-all expose of the darker chapters in the Navy's past, including its role in slavery and the spread of disease. The book is illustrated with a superlative collection of artworks and photographs from the National Maritime Museum, the Royal Naval Museum and private collections.

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Conway; First Edition edition (24 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844861090
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844861095
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 252,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brain Lavery is one of Britain's leading naval historians and a prolific author. He was, until recently, Curator of Naval History at The National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, and is a renowned expert on the sailing navy.

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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Considerable value for money. 18 Dec 2009
When it comes to publishing a book, any book!, colour and paper quality cost money. This particular product has 272 pages of top quality paper with colour images on almost every single page. To enable the potential buyer to visualise the work, it is almost A4 size and about one inch thick. In short, this is an awful lot of book for 20 - even more so when one studies the content.

Produced to accompany a forthcoming BBC TV series presented by Dan Snow, this work is written by Brian Lavery whose reputation and list of credits are as outstanding as they come. As Curator Emeritus of no less an institution than the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, this author brings the highest possible standing to the subject. Having said that, I did pause when I came across those areas which I happened to know in sufficient detail in order to check the facts presented. Not only did I find no errors, but on two occasions my own knowledge was corrected! Such is the quality of the research, the detail and the presentation it all unites into a result on which you can rely.

Having said all that, there is so much more to this book than just a collection of Naval facts supported by excellent images. In addition, it must be said that the book also stands well on its own - in that you do not have to watch that forthcoming TV series in order to obtain maximum benefit from this product.

Dan Snow is the son of long-time British TV presenter Peter Snow and previously joined forces with his father to co-present such programmes as the excellent series "Battlefield Tour." My own personal view is that Dan is now ready for his own series and this opportunity will provide him with his own defining moment as he comes of age as a presenter in his own right.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quality will out 23 Jan 2010
I usually find that, having bought and read a book, the later TV production turns out to be nothing like the book. In this case, I got hold of a copy of the book after seeing part of the TV series, presented by Dan Snow and am delighted that, because of the way it is presented, the book is an excellent addition to the series.

Evidently, to set out our naval supremecy over the generations would take a work much more detailed than this and, although I didn't pay the full price (shame), now that I have a copy I could say that 20 is well spent. The quality is superb, the information sufficiently absorbing so that landlubbers like me can put together just how our fleets, be they military or merchantmen, came to the prominence they did - quite often because of defeats suffered at the hands of the enemy (French and Dutch and Spanish). For me, the most telling aspect of this excellent account, is just how big a part our naval supremcy played in building Britain into the super-power it became - right up to the First World War. Thankfully, although our enthusiasm for a huge naval entity had dwindled after 1918, we still managed to come through the next great conflict.

If you're watching the series, buy this book if you can. It's a great 'extra' and once the series has finished, there'll be plenty in it to rekindle the daring deeds some of our great admirals took allowing our captains of industry to capitalize on their successes and to bring us where we are today. Brilliant.
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One of the best books I have read on the history of the British Royal Navy and the sffect it had on the defence of trade, the British Empire and the British Isles.

The whole development of our country is inextricably linked with the effectiveness or otherwise of the Navy within five hundred years. Brian Lavery describes that journey in brilliant style.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brian Lavery's "Empire of the Seas" 26 Dec 2009
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A useful synopsis of the growth and development of the Royal Navy and its predecessors over more than a thosand years. The limited size of the book means that it cannot go into much detail, but it is very readable (like all Brian Lavery's works) and encourages the reader to read and investigate further.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good copy 14 Mar 2014
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wonderful to have a second hand book as described. an very good accompaniment to the DVD which i also purchased
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4.0 out of 5 stars Charting history at its best 16 Jan 2014
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With unexpected surprises it shows how the discipline came to be instilled in the best navy in the world, from below decks, and the loyalty of the true tars to how class was weeded out of the senior service.
An excellent read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Introduction 27 Nov 2013
Empire of the Seas by Brian Lavery is a very good starting point for anyone interested in the history of the Royal Navy. The book is well-written and although not particularly detailed it is informative. This is not a definitive work on the Navy but it is a good general reader and an introduction to the topic. All in all a very good book and an excellent introduction.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Empire of the seas 27 Feb 2010
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I am delighted with the book and the service I received with my Order for it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful Background
Enjoyed the original series now sadly not available. The companion volume gives a reat overview of naval history as a starter. Read more
Published 13 months ago by hollyberry
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good book
An absolute must-buy for any naval enthusiast... Contains very good illustrations and a lot of background information about the history of the Royal Navy
Published 14 months ago by Cool Guy
5.0 out of 5 stars Book
Empire of the Seas - bbc tv tie - in to dan snows time watch series delivered quickly bought for raffle prize
Published 18 months ago by SE
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
The TV series was, as expected from the BBC, brilliant and the book does tie-in very well. Very good value especially if you are a history buff like me.
Published on 17 April 2012 by Michael C.
5.0 out of 5 stars navy and empire
This interesting book, which accompaned the BBC series of the same name, deals with the development of the navy from the time of the Armada in the 1580s to the end of the first... Read more
Published on 1 July 2010 by G. I. Forbes
5.0 out of 5 stars Rule Brittannia
Great book, in depth but still easy to read. Everyone with an interest in the British Navy should read this.
Published on 22 Jun 2010 by Stephen G. Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars Story catch-up
missed part of the TV series so have bought the book to catch up. Looking forward to reading it
Published on 16 Mar 2010 by Mrs. G. E. Newsham
3.0 out of 5 stars 'Popular' Naval History
Not very much about the empire and a odd view of the Royal Navy. Certainly not up to the standard or depth of Lavery's previous books. Read more
Published on 13 Feb 2010 by Mr. Ian Ford
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