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.
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Better Than Expected. Don't Miss it!
Balanced, intelligent, honest;
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.
Nelson at Trafalga.
It gave me a more nuanced appreciation of the Royal Navy as an institution.
I would like to take the author to dinner.
- Renn G. Neilson
An interesting slightly biased overview narrative