(An) excellent book. AUSMARINE (An) important read for anyone interested in the war, or the history of blockade, particularly as Arthur follows the evolution of the strategy through the world wars. THE NYMAS REVIEW A significant achievement in historical scholarship. (...) An outstanding work. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MARITIME HISTORY A well-rounded examination from a fresh perspective. Readers will find themselves rethinking what they know of this period in American history. (...) This scholarly and objective work provides vital research material to those who study this Anglo-American war. PIRATES AND PRIVATEERS Provocative, well-researched, and cogently argued. (This) is an important work about the critical element of British strategy in the war. It is deeply referenced, strongly argued and a necessary corrective to American myths. NAVAL HISTORY This is the most carefully researched book on the effectiveness of the British blockade of the United States during this conflict to have yet been published. Arthur demonstrates how a bold use of sea power, with its advantages of mobility and surprise, can be a very effective weapon. (...) For American scholars, this volume is one to be read, studied, and added to their bookshelves, for it fills a gap in the economic historiography of the War of 1812. REVIEWS IN HISTORY Truly a major achievement of scholarship. (...) Demonstrates that there is more to sea power than just ships and battles. NAVY NEWS
About the Author
Brian Arthur was at the University of Greenwich and was a Caird fellow of the National Maritime Museum, London.