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If By Sea: The Forging of the American Navy, from the American Revolution to the War of 1812
 
 
Author
George C. Daughan.
Publisher Basic Books  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.05 x 1.5 inches
ISBN 9780465025145
Pages/Publication Date 536/2011
Daedalus Item Code 31183
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(Samuel Eliot Morison Award Winner) When the American colonies took up arms against Great Britain, they were confronting the greatest sea power of the age. And it was during the War of Independence that the American Navy was inaugurated. But following the British naval model proved crushingly expensive, and the nation's founders fought vehemently over whether or not the fledgling republic truly needed a deep-water fleet. The debate ended only when the Federal Navy proved indispensable during the War of 1812. Drawing on decades of research, George C. Daughan here chronicles the embattled origins of the U.S. Navy, from the blood-and-gunpowder battles fought by American sailors on lakes and high seas to the rhetorical combat waged in Congress.

"If By Sea by George C. Daughan covers the Navy's first 40 years with authority, clarity, and detail. He puts the famous names—John Paul Jones, Oliver Hazard Perry—in context, while bringing others—including dozens of Revolutionary War figures, hitherto unknown to me—to light. He shows how the military, like any other large organization, lurches and learns over time, from blunders, missed opportunities and general snafu, until those moments when the right men are at headquarters and in the field, and everything gloriously clicks."—Richard Brookhiser

 
 
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