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This is a very well written book that is informative and easy to read.
And the book truly gives a sense that it is not just a history of the Royal Navy or the British Empire, but truly a history of the world from the 1500s to present.
The book is also flawed by numerous annoying errors such as dates that don't match or the spelling of names that vary from page to page.
A great one volume history of one of the most prolific entities in the history of the world. Mr.Herman,unlike other authors, paints a vivid picture of how the Royal Navy has shaped... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Kutter Harrison
Arthur Herman, again, takes a large subject and presents it in a coherent manner. He always keeps it interesting. Great job.Published 2 months ago by Douglas Bassett
The author does a great job of summarizing five centuries of global Geo-politics from a British naval point of view. Read morePublished 4 months ago by john fitzgerald
One of the best books I have ever read. Factual, but interesting - could not put it down until i finished reading it.Published 5 months ago by M. Schwartz
"To Rule The Waves - How The British Navy Shaped The Modern World" is an engaging and enjoyable read! Read morePublished 17 months ago by JAG 2.0
An interesting overview, but so plagued with obvious errors of scholarship that one wonders how much of it must be taken with a grain of salt. Read morePublished 19 months ago by fender
The 600+ pages of this excellent British maritime history, rather than just British navy history, covers the facets of the relationship of Britain with her neighbor the sea. Read morePublished on October 10, 2011 by Quilmiense
This is perhaps only the 2nd or 3rd non-scholastic historical book I've read. This account of the British navy from it's birth to the modest presence it has today is wrought with... Read morePublished on February 21, 2011 by The Chemist
I wish to thank Mr. Herman for this excellent book. It saddens me to see what has become of the institution that has given so much to our world. Read morePublished on September 16, 2009 by C. Selmasska