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Forester's great fictional commander inhabits a time of real heroes and adventurers unique in the illustrious ...
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Forester's great fictional commander inhabits a time of real heroes and adventurers unique in the illustrious history of the Royal Navy. In two decades of almost continuous warfare after 1793, His Majesty's warships and their crews achieved a blend of skill and inspiration that swept aside all possible rivals, kept powerful invaders at bay, and made its blockades a noose to strangle Britain's enemies. Ultimately opposed by every other sea power on earth, Hornblower's Navy triumphed to emerge as the first truly global fighting force and the prime arbiter of world affairs for a hundred years to come.
This book tells the extraordinary truth behind the dash and glory of Hornblower and his time. It tells of a service redefined by Jervis, Nelson and new breed of fighting commanders. It explains the Navy's vital roles as both sword and shield of a British Empire in crisis. It describes St. Vincent, the Nile, Trafalgar and the other epic battles that announced a new epoch in naval history, and it sheds light on the one defeat, by an infant U.S. Navy, that hinted at a distant new order. Above all, it takes the reader inside the amazing world of the Navy's floating fortresses, and reveals the brutal, dramatic lives and deaths of the men on the frontiers of human endeavour.
Lavish illustrations, many of them selected from contemporary sources, complement the text to complete a spectacular and enthralling picture of the phenomenal war machine that was Hornblower's Navy.
Posted June 8, 2000
This is a good overview of maritime sailing and Royal Navy structure of the late 1700's and 1800's. Plenty of pictures, including a diagram of the HMS Victory (right down to an arrow showing where Admiral Nelson died), bulletins, and other pictoral representations of a seaman's life. Sometimes I wish it had gone into a bit more detail about the history of the era, but then that might bog down some readers. An easy read that helps bring the reader into the life of the iron man and his wooden ships. I found a few typographical errors, but nothing that would detract from enjoyment of the book. A good Summer read that moves along with full topgallant sail.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.