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    When the world discovered Patrick O’Brian a decade and a half ago the immense popularity of the Jack Aubrey novels also engendered a cottage industry of explanatory volumes for those not versed in the history and daily life of the Royal Navy in the Napoleonic era I’ve read nearly all those books and nearly all of them have something useful to say about the ins and out of sail driven warships the dense tangle of jargon the naval bureaucracy the nature of strategy and tactics at sea and the key players who make up the background to the novels And that’s true here too to a considerable extent It’s a pity that the execution is so sloppy with this oneUnlike experts like Brian Lavery and Geoff Hunt and James McGuane and Steve Pope Blake is not an expert in the field He’s a desk editor at Macmillan who apparently declined to publish his book themselves He organizes what he wants to say under the usual rubrics The background the navy the sailors the ships the war itself He includes numerous diagrams and maps and charts and lists And he doesn’t restrict himself to O’Brian bringing in uotes and examples from C S Forester and Dudley Pope and a number of other authors though I spotted a number of errors regarding the literature without even the need to pull of my own copies off the shelf On the facts of the real world of the Royal Navy it’s not badBut it’s an illustrated book and the artwork simply sucks I’ve seen many of the illustrations before in earlier books like this that’s inevitable but here Rowlandson’s satirical portraits for example are reworked as foggy watercolor washes devoid of useful detail Some of the illustrations are simply impenetrable look at pages 103 or 119 or 127 especially when it comes to uniforms and ship’s gear Instead of an impressionist Blake should have hired a trained draughtsman The reader of a book like this wants to see careful precise detailed treatments of the subjects that interest him not muddy sketches or unnecessary re imaginings of classic drawings and printsThe citations are pitiful as well; “from a nineteenth century source” is not a useful reference The text is actually pretty good bar some sloppy copyediting but surely the words are embarrassed by the images with which they share the page It will be most useful to the reader who already is familiar with the subject matter much less so to the novice But for a reference work I recommend Lavery or Hunt


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The Illustrated Companion to Nelson's Navy A Guide to the Fiction of the Napoleonic Wars

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Covers various aspects of the Royal Navy including the workings of the admiralty the designs and bui.

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The fictional exploits of sailors in the Royal Navy have thrilled readers around the world This title.

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Lding of ships life on board food and drink discipline seamanship merchant fleets and opposing navies.