The Line Upon a Wind: An Intimate History of the Last and Greatest War Fought at Sea Under Sail: 1793-1815

The Line Upon a Wind An Intimate History of the Last and Greatest War Fought at Sea Under Sail An Intimate History of the Last and Greatest War Fought at Sea Under Sail Following his acclaimed Frontiers Noel Mostert s new book chronicles the first true world war In February Fra

  • Title: The Line Upon a Wind: An Intimate History of the Last and Greatest War Fought at Sea Under Sail: 1793-1815
  • Author: Noel Mostert
  • ISBN: 9780224069229
  • Page: 335
  • Format: Hardcover
  • An Intimate History of the Last and Greatest War Fought at Sea Under Sail 1793 1815.Following his acclaimed Frontiers, Noel Mostert s new book chronicles the first true world war In February 1793, France declared war on Britain and Holland The Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars that raged for the next twenty two years saw European powers manoeuvering for mercantile andAn Intimate History of the Last and Greatest War Fought at Sea Under Sail 1793 1815.Following his acclaimed Frontiers, Noel Mostert s new book chronicles the first true world war In February 1793, France declared war on Britain and Holland The Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars that raged for the next twenty two years saw European powers manoeuvering for mercantile and political advantage in a complex and ever changing web of alliances and coalitions By 1815, the world was a different place age old certainties were shattered, established dynasties and kingdoms overthrown, the United States emerged as a world power, and a new age was dawning.This was to be the longest, hardest and cruelest war ever fought at sea, on a scale comparable only with the Second World War Methods of battle under sail, little changed for centuries, would be forced to adapt at an unprecedented pace that brought with it the fearsome power of rockets, torpedoes and submarines The Line Upon a Wind is also the story of the daily lives of the sailors on board the fighting ships, the blood and guts ferocity of engagement in an age of gentility, the struggle of ships surgeons to repair broken bodies and the daily struggle to keep the men fed and free of disease It is a story of ordinary men and extraordinary bravery The Great War, as it was known to contemporaries, spanned generations and continents Noel Mostert has achieved a work of unparalleled research, rousing descriptions and illuminating analysis maritime history at its very best.

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    1. I'm a sucker for old navy stuff, and with this book I hit the jackpot. Some of Mr. Mostert's sentences are strange to my ear. They can occasionally be long and meandering with not enough commas or vowels, or so it seems to me. But I quibble. He really knows his British navy and, refreshingly, gives the French and Spanish and Barbary and all those other navies their full due. The new American navy makes its appearance and pretty much whomps the British, which is fun.

    2. Who knew that before they called World War I the "Great War" the British used to call the generation long war against Napoleon and France the "Great War?" That's only one of the historical goodies I derived from Noel Moestert's "The Line Upon a Wind: the Great War at Sea, 1793-1815." I like this book. A lot. Even at 700 pages the pace is quite good. The author knows people like me are reading this book for the battle scenes and takes of nautical derring-do. And he delivers. This is not a story o [...]

    3. A very good book providing an exhaustive account of the British Navy in "The Great War" from grand strategy to naval tactics to shipboard life and anecdotes. Mostert's style is more journalistic than historical, making for an easy enjoyable read. While an excellent book it does have a major failing for a military history book: a serious dearth of maps. In a book that provides such detailed accounts of battles, tactical maps are a necessity, and for a war that covered so much of the globe more ge [...]

    4. I loved this book. Engaging, fascinating, and detailed story of England gaining mastery of the world's oceans; especially the dual in leadership between Lord Nelson and Napoleon.

    5. This is a naval history of several wars fought between 1793 and 1815, including (but not limited to) the Napoleonic Wars, the War of 1812 and the various wars with the Barbary states (Algiers, Tunis & Tripoli). If you want to read just one naval history covering this period, this is probably a good choice.In the opening chapter, the author traces the development of navies from the classical galleys to the ships of the line. Early British naval tactics involved opposing lines of ships sailing [...]

    6. very detailed history of the British navy covering roughly 100 years,ending with the end of the Napolanic Wars

    7. For a while there, I couldn't put this book down. There is no doubt that the author knows his subject exhaustively, and it shows in this book. From the broad picture to the small anecdotes, this book has it all. Almost too much perhaps.I did find myself flagging towards the end, I confess, and it was something of an effort to haul myself to the end. The entire last section regarding the War of 1812 with America was a struggle; I suspect because I wasn't expecting it, since up to then I had regar [...]

    8. About 3.5 stars for this expansive history of the war that Britain called the Great War prior to World War I. Read for research, it was an extremely helpful volume; for pleasure, it was quite interesting. There were a few details, particularly when dealing with the American navy, that were not accurate and more footnotes/endnotes would have been nice after quotes, but these were minor quibbles. I also didn't think an entire chapter on shipboard immorality was entirely necessary, but one can skip [...]

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