- ISBN/SKU: 9781591140597
- Binding: Paperback
- Era: 18th-19th Century
- Number of Pages: 352
- Subject: Naval History
- Date Available: October 2012
This entertaining collection of essays takes a biographical approach to early American naval history. The period from 1775 to 1850 was a trying time for the infant navy, a time when much was demanded of individual officers. New in paperback, this book focuses not only on battles and ships but on the colorful men, such as Oliver Hazard Perry and Stephen Decatur, who helped shape the U.S. Navy in the age of sail. By viewing the era through the lives of the participants, readers will gain a deeper understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of America’s new navy and the roots of its traditions.
James C. Bradford is a professor of history at Texas A&M and a respected specialist in American maritime, naval, and military history in the early national period of American history . He is the editor of many books on military history, including Quarterdeck and Bridge. He lives in College Station, TX.
~ Praise for Command Under Sail ~
"All of these essays are carefully thought out, well written, and informative. They provide useful characterizations and conclusions about their subjects and their influence, not only on naval development and traditions, but also on the diplomatic endeavors of the early republic...high quality of scholarship."
-- The Journal of America's Military Past