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Review for Warships of the Napoleonic Era

Author : Robert Gardiner

I happily confess to being a fan of Gardiner's work. His 'Frigates of the Napoleonic Wars' is a favourite of mine. This book follows the same format, a little over twelve inches square, which allows for some stunning illustrations. The content covers ships of Britain, other European powers and the U.S.A although the bulk of the text is of the Royal Navy. The writing is fluid and most readable for both the person who wants it as a reference book and a cover to cover reader like me. All through one feels the authority of the author is based on thorough research, and, for anyone who wants to go further, there is an extensive list of sources. As an aside almost all of the line drawings would allow an experienced boat modeller to create precise replicas.
This is a superb book which I cannot recommend too highly.

Published by : Seaforth Publishing, Pen & Sword Ltd., 2011
ISBN : 978 1 84832 108 3

Review last updated : 2016-06-13 19:38:19

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