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"Young Men and the Sea is a gripping book. A sound and original contribution, the book reflects Daniel Vickers' career-long immersion in maritime history. His astute insights make for fascinating reading."-Christopher Clark, The University of Warwick

""Young Men and the Sea "is a gripping book. A sound and original contribution, the book reflects Daniel Vickers' career-long immersion in maritime history. His astute insights make for fascinating reading."--Christopher Clark, The University of Warwick


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""Deeply researched, powerfully argued, and movingly eloquent, Young Men and the Sea is the perfect antidote to the romanticized image of seafaring. This stunning account of maritime life rings true. It will be a classic."-Philip Morgan, Johns Hopkins University

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"With the quiet competence of a seasoned shipmaster in ill-charted waters, Vickers has redefined the meaning of seafaring under sail. Meticulously researched and elegantly written, this is a stunning book."- W. Jeffrey Bolster, author of "Black Jacks: African American Seamen in the Age of Sail" "Casting away what we think we know, Vickers has redefined the meaning of seafaring under sail. Distinguished by impeccable scholarship and innovative methodology, this is the most original American maritime history ever published."- W. Jeffrey Bolster, author of "Black Jacks: African American Seamen in the Age of Sail"

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"The finest single volume about American mariners . . . should become a staple in social and maritime history...an excellent read."

Book Description

This book focuses on two centuries of early American maritime history, years when the Atlantic Ocean beckoned as the great frontier. Drawing on the records of seamen who sailed from Salem, Massachusetts, in the colonial and early national period, the book details the personal and social lives of several thousand seafaring men and their families.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (April 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300123663
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300123661
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,431,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By L. Jordan on October 2, 2011
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This is an amazing work. The author uses a number of unpublished sources to put together the history of maritime commerce in colonial Massachusetts, through the lens of Salem harbor. There is a great deal for the economic and social historian as well as many great stories about seafaring. A wonderful addition to his Farmers and Fishermen of Essex County. If you have shown enough interest in this book to search the reviews then it is clear this is the book for you.
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Daniel Vicker's book has become my most-recommended book on the subject, a deeply, broadly, impeccably researched work, well-organized, of beautiful, eloquent, and exemplary historical writing.
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Well written. Informational. Interesting part of history few people mention.
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Excellent book. Well written
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