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Admiral Lord Howe: A Biography
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About the Author
(Location: Paris) is a Distinguished Professor of History at Queens College, City University of New York, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a member of the Council of the Navy Records Society and the author of eighty articles and nine books on naval history. This is his first book published by Spellmount Publishers.
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This is the first detailed biography of the Admiral. Dr. Syrett has used as many primary documents for his sources as it was possible to find. His analysis of Howe's career places it in perspective to the organization and structure of the Royal Navy through some of its most important years. It also provides an interesting perspective from the other side on the American Revolution. His report of his meeting with John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and John Rutledge has a somewhat different viewpoint than other versions.
This is abook long awaited that fills a hole in any Revolutionary War library.
Overall, this proves to be a biographical summary book. Lack of details, insights and in-depth analysis of the subject at hand make this a hard book to recommend for the price they are asking. Most people who are well read on the Age of Wooden Ships and Iron Men have read superior material on Howe and his battles from other books even if such books may not be centered on Howe himself.