I owned a paperback, and just wanted the 'real' thing ! This surely must be one of the best works on the subject of the evolution of British sea power yet written. Both my copies are festooned with 'post it note' bookmarks, to highlight various aspects of interest.
A real revelation into the way our navy has evolved. I rate this book as being excellent in content.
Writing style is also very readable, though just a little convoluted at times. This after all is a major subject spanning a considerable time,[166 years] a large numbers of personalities and occurrences of historical significance. and to cram all the information contained into a single volume necessitates the use of a little licence at times.
For anyone with a real interest in the evolution of our Senior Service, through the good as well as the hard pressed times, over the period, this book needs to have a permanent place on your book shelf. You need to own a copy, not just borrow one, as the frequency you will delve into it to confirm aspects of naval history are likely to be frequent. At least judging from my own useage !
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