Six Frigates: How Piracy, War and British Supremacy at Sea Gave Birth to the World's Most Powerful Navy

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9780141014562: Six Frigates: How Piracy, War and British Supremacy at Sea Gave Birth to the World's Most Powerful Navy

With the flash and thunder of eighteen pounders firing repeatedly, the Royal Navy came to rule the waves in the opening years of the nineteenth century. Yet just as Britain left its European neighbours too frightened to leave their shores, across the Atlantic a fledgling naval force was putting to sea. Ian Toll recounts how the nascent United States came to challenge British supremacy in the short-lived but often vicious war of 1812-15. Though they were inexperienced, outnumbered and outgunned, just six American frigates took on the might of His Majesty's navy - and Toll brilliantly describes, in hair-raising detail, some of the most thrilling actions ever fought.

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Sweeping in scope, full of vivid descriptions... solidly grounded in the diplomatic landscape... a masterly work. --Chris Patsilelis

[A] wonderfully atmospheric account, brilliantly researched, full of stirring action and rich with the scent of the sea. --Simon Winchester, author of The Professor and the Madman

[Ian Toll] succeeds splendidly. His factual story is as exciting as any of Patrick O'Brian's fictional seafaring tales.

Gripping... a masterful narrative... Toll captures the ambivalence of the government, and its reluctance to pay for even a tiny navy, very well. --Joe Mysak

Toll has a light touch, much like noted historian David McCullough; well-researched facts are carefully balanced by smooth narrative flow.... The result is a thoroughly readable book that adds depth and significance to an important era of American history. --Bruce Linder

A superb, page-turning history of America's first truly difficult set of political military decisions.... A great, sprawling, and fascinating tale. --Admiral James Stavridis, U.S. Navy

Ian W. Toll writes with such an arresting energy. He evokes the world of Patrick O'Brian, the salt-stained ruthlessness of naval commanders, the carnage of the broadside and the surgeon's saw, but also conjures a lost American landscape. --Tim Gardam

Vibrant and comprehensive, Toll makes an impressive debut. --Gilbert Taylor

Sweeping in scope, full of vivid descriptions... solidly grounded in the diplomatic landscape... a masterly work.--Chris Patsilelis

[A] wonderfully atmospheric account, brilliantly researched, full of stirring action and rich with the scent of the sea.--Simon Winchester, author of The Professor and the Madman

[Ian Toll] succeeds splendidly. His factual story is as exciting as any of Patrick O'Brian's fictional seafaring tales.

Gripping... a masterful narrative... Toll captures the ambivalence of the government, and its reluctance to pay for even a tiny navy, very well.--Joe Mysak

Toll has a light touch, much like noted historian David McCullough; well-researched facts are carefully balanced by smooth narrative flow.... The result is a thoroughly readable book that adds depth and significance to an important era of American history.--Bruce Linder

Ian W. Toll writes with such an arresting energy. He evokes the world of Patrick O'Brian, the salt-stained ruthlessness of naval commanders, the carnage of the broadside and the surgeon's saw, but also conjures a lost American landscape.--Tim Gardam

Vibrant and comprehensive, Toll makes an impressive debut.--Gilbert Taylor

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Vibrant and comprehensive, Toll makes an impressive debut. --Gilbert Taylor"

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