Included in this first wave of books commemorating the 400th anniversary of the Spanish Armada's defeat are three popular narratives, which, although eminently readable, break no new ground. For another view see Fernandez-Armesto, The Spanish Armada , in this issue. These lavishly illustrated works, written by respected and talented historians, are chronologically organized and tell of the political-religious conflict and the methods of constructing, supplying, manning, and fighting the ships of the late 16th century. Each book recounts the pivotal battle between England and Spain for the balance of power in Europe and the New World without adding significant new information to our knowledge of the campaign. It is difficult to distinguish among these book; any one is worthy of purchase.Stanley Itkin, Hillside P.L., New Hyde Park, N.Y.
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This detailed account of the greatest sea battle of the Tudor Age highlights the 1587-88 campaign--its preparation, course, and conclusion--and the dramatic power struggle between Philip II's Spain & Elizabeth I's England. 9 1/4" x 12". Color & b&w photos, illus.