• To Rule the Waves

  • How the British Navy Shaped the Modern World
  • By: Arthur Herman
  • Narrated by: John Curless
  • Length: 29 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 12-19-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Recorded Books
  • 4.6 (514 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

To Rule the Waves tells the extraordinary story of how the British Royal Navy allowed one nation to rise to a level of power unprecedented in history. From the navy's beginnings under Henry VIII to the age of computer warfare and special ops, historian Arthur Herman tells the spellbinding tale of great battles at sea, heroic sailors, violent conflict, and personal tragedy - of the way one mighty institution forged a nation, an empire, and a new world.
This P.S. edition features extra insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.
©2004 Arthur Herman (P)2016 Recorded Books
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By Mrs. on 02-16-17

Superb and easy to listen to.

Manages to bridge the gap between heavy intense history and a superb adventure story. One of the best general histories of the Royal Navy I have yet read. Much easier to listen to, and obviously less detailed than Massie's books but also far broader in scope.

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By Renn G. Neilson on 02-15-17

Better Than Expected. Don't Miss it!

What made the experience of listening to To Rule the Waves the most enjoyable?

Balanced, intelligent, honest;

What other book might you compare To Rule the Waves to and why?

There are a host of books on the Royal Navy, some that go into significantly more detail; but the author of this one selects just the right balance of detail to show how the institution developed and what it has done to help create some of the better features of the current global system.

Which scene was your favorite?

Nelson at Trafalga.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It gave me a more nuanced appreciation of the Royal Navy as an institution.

Any additional comments?

I would like to take the author to dinner.

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By Michael Davison on 10-26-17

excellent book, well read.

Gives a great overview of the Royal Navy's history with additional detail on defining moments. With the Royal Navy being such an integral part of Great Britain's politics and policy this book also provides the reader with a great understanding of the history of Great Britain's geopolitics. I would highly recommend for anyone interested in global and British history, warfare, the Royal Navy, and geopolitics. This book may change your view on the world.

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By Mr T C on 09-08-17

Broad in content but with wonderful focus on the key turning points of the RN

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Authur Herman covered the 500+yr history of the Royal Navy in Great detail with enthralling focus on key characters and interesting facts.

I had google to hand so I could see the ships and men he spoke about.

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By David Henderson on 10-06-17

Loved this book

fantastic perspective and historical background to the rise and fall of the English Navy. The joy of this publication is the historical structure with intimate detail of major events.

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