11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This review is from: Six Frigates: The Epic History of the Founding of the U.S. Navy (Hardcover)
"Six Frigates" is a first-rate book. It is fascinating, well-written, carefully researched, and very readable.
Many know the story of the founding of the U.S. Navy, but this book will have details many will not know. It is full of wonderful detail, involving the ships and the men who sailed them, as well as the politicians who ended up finding the Navy they originally opposed very useful.
The book details the political struggles of Washington, Adams, and Jefferson, and the devious manipuilations of Hamilton and Burr. Nothing was easy in that political climate, and its a miracle any Navy survived at all.
The big American frigates were constantly in use, against the French, the Arabs, and the British. The ships served long and well, and considerable sacrifice and heroism came from those who sailed on them. The story of the burning of the "Philadelphia," which has always been fascinating, is retold with great skill. A remarkable time, and remarkable men who carried it out.
Joshua Humphreys designed some fabulous warships, and Ian Toll has written a fabulous book about them. I wish there were more like this.