I am a huge fan of naval warfare nonfiction and fiction. I have a special affinity for the American Revolution against England and with France. I have just finished Give Me a Fast Ship by Tim McGrath. It was published the summer of 2014. This is non-fiction.
The author gives a blow by blow description of most of the major engagements between American and British warships. He describes the politics and economics of what was going on in England, France, Spain, and America regarding America’s fledgling Navy. The lives of the major players on both sides of the Atlantic and the Conflict are examined. There are numerous maps of important engagements and paintings showing the men and ships involved. Some heroes such as John Paul Jones the reader will recognize. Others lesser personalities will become more familiar. At the end of the book, McGrath gives additional information about the men and ships into the early 19th century. The author also provides an extensive bibliography if you desire to read more.
This book is a must-read for readers of American Revolution and naval history. There are references to “original sources.”
GO! BUY! READ!
–Jim Harris, retired book sales rep
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