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.
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 1 month 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 5 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 7 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 8 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 9 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 16 months ago by Carl Blegen
This book will be read over and over again
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makes an excellent gift
it will become a treasured item
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I can't recommend this history. It appears to be an analysis of the campaign, but I found it to be a collection of short stories without a theme. Read morePublished on May 30, 2010 by John Durkee