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Breverton's Brilliant Book of the Brine - Nautical Curiosities Captured.,
This review is from: Breverton's Nautical Curiosities: A Book of the Sea (Hardcover)
I really enjoy these sort of books but this has to be one of the finest I have ever had the pleasure of discovering.
In each of its 384 pages it has dozens of amazing facts and information.
Not a single page is wasted including the index.
I pride myself on being well read which is short hand for being an know all but I can honestly state hand on heart that over 80 per cent of the facts and figures were new- and so dammed fascinating in reading them - new to me.
The closest I can get to how good it is that it is a written version of televisions QI.
It is well written. This is not a glib phrase I use but I really mean that the author Terry Breverton has really written the book very well indeed.
I had, as an Englishman, thought Britain and her navy tradition would be to the fore in a book about the sea but was presently surprised that the Americans do well out of this too.
The book covers everything to do with the sea from famous battles and ships to fish and cetaceans (whales). From chapters on Ports harbors and bays to Famous pirates, Maritime weapons and Mutiny- nothing that is connected to the seas and that is 'Quite Interesting' is not part of its subject matter.
This simply is a wonderful book that is a joy to read.
If you have any relative or friend that is one of those people who love to dip in and out of a book then this s the book for them.
Recommended 100 per cent.