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Children's LiteratureThe Civil War has aptly been called the first "modern" war. In no sector of combat was that claim more valid than in the fighting at sea. At the commencement of hostilities the world's navies were not radically different than those that had fought in the prior century. However, during the Civil War the advent of ironclad vessels powered by steam and armed with far superior weaponry created a fundamental shift in maritime warfare. One need only think of the fight between the Merrimac and the Monitor to realize how different naval warfare was after the creation of these lumbering, armor-plated ships. It is the story of these types of innovations, as well as the course of the fight to control America's coasts and rivers, that Dale Anderson presents in this compact work. The Civil War at Sea is part of the "World Almanac Library of the Civil War" series. Like other books in the series, this particular work combines period illustrations with a concise narrative. Interlaced throughout the book are interesting facts, mini-biographies, and thoughts drawn from period writings. Taken as a whole, this is a capably book that younger fans of Civil War history will read and enjoy. 2004, World Almanac Library, Ages 10 up.
—Greg M. Romaneck