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Sea of Glory: A Naval History of the American Revolution

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This is naval hiistory at its very best: illuminating, human, and readable. Unlike other histories of the revolution, this book recognizes the war for independence as a maritime conflict and fully explores the struggle for command of the sea. Broad and balanced in vision, it is the first study to mesh the operations of the Continental Navy and various state navies with the maneuvers of the British and French fleets, while at the same time focusing on the lives of ordinary seamen. Through its careful examination ...
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Overview

This is naval hiistory at its very best: illuminating, human, and readable. Unlike other histories of the revolution, this book recognizes the war for independence as a maritime conflict and fully explores the struggle for command of the sea. Broad and balanced in vision, it is the first study to mesh the operations of the Continental Navy and various state navies with the maneuvers of the British and French fleets, while at the same time focusing on the lives of ordinary seamen. Through its careful examination of the role played by the Continental Navy, Sea of Glory makes it clear that the outcome of the war was decided not at Yorktown but at sea. Nathan Miller recounts life of the times in colorful yet clear terms, describing how the sailors lived, how the ships were built and sailed, and even conditions aboard the prison ships. In addition he offers a closely honed analysis of the conflict to make this vigorously written study useful both as a reference and as a book to be enjoyed from cover to cover. First publislied in 1974 and long out of print, the book is regarded as a significant work that is unlikely to be equalled.
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Having appeared in two hardcover editions, Miller's single-volume account is published in paper to mark the 225th anniversary of the Continental Navy. He had an advantage over earlier naval historians because the Navy was collecting scattered primary documents into a central archive at the time of the US bicentennial. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Sea Of Glory: A Naval History Of The American Revolution is a superbly researched, written and presented single volume history of the development and role of American's first navy during the war for independence against Britain — at the time the strongest naval power in the world. Nathan Miller provides the reader with a lively, accurate, "reader friendly", account of the Continental Navy's operations, the various state navies, as well as the British and French fleets. Of special interest and value are Miller's attentions to the lives of ordinary seamen, privateering, and how wooden ships were built, crewed, and sailed. Sea Of Glory is an invaluable, highly recommended addition to any personal, academic, or public library naval history or American Revolution history collection.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781877853593
  • Publisher: Nautical & Aviation Publishing Company of America, The
  • Publication date: 6/28/2000
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 558
  • Product dimensions: 57.50 (w) x 87.50 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Nathan Miller
Nathan Miller is an award-winning journalist and the author of twelve works of history and biography, including Broadside: The Age of Fighting Sail, 1775-1815, FDR: An Intimate History, and War at Sea. He lives in Washington, D.C.
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