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Posted May 12, 2006
A Bit Too Prosaic
found Mr. Lancaster's volume to be efficient in what he selected to cover, yes, but entertaining and sufficient, no. During the course of the book he simply fails to speak of the Continental Navy. Having of course read it in its entirety, I resolved to search for any possible discussion I might have missed by perusing the book's index. Alas, the index confirmed my assumption: the entire war at sea is not even mentioned. True, Lancaster does aptly write of the French navy's interactions, and even managed to get in a single paragraph about American privateers, but no discussion is initiated of such ships as the Ranger, Alfred, or the Black Prince. Furthermore, there is no discussion of such heros of the Revolution as John Paul Jones commanding the Bonhomme Richard. Furthermore, it would have been more helpful had the volume included maps of land engagements. I feel if you want more than just analysis of the conflict on land, this is simply not the narrative for you. The book is devoid of any and all things sea-going. Overall, it is efficient in what the author chooses to go over, but there is a significant portion of the War that is left completely untouched.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 15, 2012
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