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"Life in Mr. Lincoln's Navy" is a brief, matter-of-fact review of Navy life between The Mexican-American War and the end of the Civil War. It is one of the few books that examins the naval facet of the war which played an integral component in the war's outcome. The book examines the Navy Seaman and the challenges and changes which occured in the decades prior to and during the Civil War, peppered with anticdotes and stories from the era much in the same way Ken Burns did for his Civil War series years ago. It provides a unique perspective on issues that not only affected the Navy then but have affect it to this day: Recruiting, adaptation to changing technology, integration, discipline and training to name a few. "Mr. Lincoln's Navy" gives an excellent snapshot of an era and gives the Seaman it's rightful claim in having performed just as vital a role in the war's outcome as the infantryman of his day.