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on 7 September 2013
An excellent and comprehensive account of the English, then the British Navy. The only thing I would say that was skimmed over though was the War of 1812 as it just mentioned that there was a few frigate confrontations which the Royal Navy mainly lost. Apart from that, the book mentions most of the main admirals and battles as well as the times the fleet was laid up and often rotting away and neglected between wars. Lessons should be learnt by the politicians of this country as Britain is an island nation, dependent on the sea lanes for 96% of everything we import and consume. Around the world there are choke points such as the Gulf of Hormuz and the Suez Canal which can be blockaded. Only ships can deal with these problems and we neglect the Navy at our own risk. When the price of food and petrol go through the roof and we no longer have the ships to do anything about it, only then will the British come out of their sea blindness and appreciate the role of the Royal Navy. I would recommend the book to anyone interested in the history of English/British sea power.
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on 7 February 2015
an excellent book, beautifully written, entertaining and informative. I would have liked to have seen more on the English Civil War period, but this is being overly critical - a must for anyone interested in the Navy and naval history.
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on 16 December 2013
Bought this for my partner who thoroughly enjoyed it. Authoritative and engaging. Top of his wish list - highly recommended.
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Superb
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on 7 August 2014
Exactly as advertised, lovely!
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on 1 December 2014
Loved the title - loved the book
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on 14 April 2015
Excellent book
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on 5 April 2015
fine
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on 9 April 2015
Excellent read which gave an excellent account of our maritime history
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on 11 October 2015
Greay book on naval history
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