- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: Stackpole Books (January 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0811708640
- ISBN-13: 978-0811708647
- Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 8.1 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,311,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ill Companion to Nelson's Navy Hardcover – January 1, 2000
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This is an appetizer, but what an appetizer it is. If you're looking for more technical specs of ships of the line look elsewhere, but if you're a newbie to the entire historical nautical fiction scene, I can think of few better places to start.
Don't look for long, drawn-out technical specifications in this book. It covers a wide variety of topics at just enough detail to appreciate the historical accuracy and color of the fiction.`
Still, for me the heavy use of period naval jargon hindered my understanding of the subject matter, and the illustrations weren't the best. As other readers have noted, there were a number of technical inaccuracies, many of which could have been caught through better proof-reading.
Still, all in all I liked the book, and will keep it around for future reference.
I do love my copy though, it makes for interesting reading BUT I would only recommend it to a seasoned historian or fan of the era who KNOWS the truth about certain facts and books and can use that to glean the goodness from this (very stylishly presented) mishmash. A glorious mess but still a MESS!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a handy supplement to the larger "Nelson's Navy" and worth picking up. I would have given it four stars but for some of the lesser quality "sketches" that... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Michael W. Bell
I fail to understand why I should pay attention to a review that pans this book ,(Richard Lawrence) which has been praised and enjoyed by many, myself included, and pans it on the... Read morePublished on July 18, 2005 by peter sw lower
Simply a must-have. If you are a fan of the period, or actively read 18/19th century sailing novels, this book is very helpful.Published on August 17, 2003 by D. A Butler
The illustrations in this illustrated book are without detail and almost useless. If you are using this book for reference purposes forget it. Read morePublished on December 30, 2002 by Bruce Gorman
This book is far easier to read and better organized than many similar books on the subject. The illustrations are, for the most part, excellent. Read morePublished on May 5, 2001
The previous reviewers have said it all, and well. I'll just add my weight and say that the book is packed with just the kind of information that someone new to the subject wants,... Read morePublished on March 3, 2001 by K. Crowder