All in all, a great book that is both fun to read and informative.
Read and be transfixed by its narrative sweep - each chapter is like a dramatic news bulletin adding to the powerful impact of the unfolding story.
Garrett Mattingly's account of the Armada of 1588 is one of the most balanced books of that sea battle ever written in the English language.
Garrett Mattingly gets off in the weeds a little in this book and that slows down his narrative for those of us who are not historians. Read morePublished 13 days ago by James G. Tittsworth
I now have a hard copy of this book.
I wanted one mainly because back in 1967 while at Ohio State had to make a book report on it in a history class. Read more
An excellent book. Very well-written, enjoyable, and easy to read. There's a lot of background on the other personalities and issues of the era as well. Read morePublished 5 months ago by vab
Nonfiction concerning the events of 1587-1589. So many people and concepts to tickle the mind, especially for those of us who enjoy wooden ships and historical conflicts. Read morePublished 9 months ago by MW
HE SHOWS WHAT WAS HAPPENING FROM A SIXTEEN CENTURY VIEWPOINT RATHER THAN IMPOSING 20TH CENTURY VALUES TO THE ACTIONS OF THE VARIOUS PLAYERSPublished 11 months ago by Leo E Sands
I don't usually read 'kings and queens' histories, as I prefer economic and cultural history, but Mattingly is unique. Read morePublished 12 months ago by westwind
If you have any interest in the history of the Western world, this book is fascinating. Religion vs nationalism, a turning point.Published 13 months ago by Frank Kashner
Listened to an audio of this book many years ago, and felt it was a masterful narrative. This book is a physically beautiful complement to the narrative.Published 20 months ago by Charlie B