4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Excellent introduction to Naval history,
This review is from: The Price of Admiralty: The Evolution of Naval Warfare from Trafalgar to Midway (Paperback)
John Keegan has once again succeeded in writing an exciting, informative, and readable history. As with "Face of Battle" and "Mask of Command", "The Price of Admiralty" covers a long period of time, approximately two centuries. His battle descriptions are unmatched, and his understanding of the subject material--admitedly out of his expertise--is still excellent.
Keegan describes the pivotal battles of the four great ages of naval warfare(though the last two occurred simultaneously): Wooden, Ironclad, Aircraft carrier, and Submarine. He charts how each advance revolutionized naval warfare, and concludes with a debate over the future of war at sea.
The book itself is very well written and follows a logical progression. The only drawback is Keegan's obvious British bias. Granted for most of the time period covered "Britania ruled the waves", but I felt he did not give due credit to other nation's contributions. All in all however, it is an excellent book and a must read for anyone interested in naval history or military history in general.