Andrew Lambert is Laughton Professor of Naval History in the Department of War Studies at King's College, London, and Director of the Laughton Naval History Unit. He has taught at a number of British universities and defense academies. His work focuses on the naval and strategic history of the British Empire between the Napoleonic Wars and the First World War. His books include The Crimean War: British Grand Strategy against Russia 1853-1856, 1990 and 2011, 'The Foundations of Naval History': Sir John Laughton, the Royal Navy and the Historical Profession 1997; War at Sea in the Age of Sail, 2000, Nelson: Britannia’s God of War 2004, Franklin: Tragic hero of Polar Navigation. 2009 and The Challenge: Britain versus America in the Naval War of 1812 2012, winner of the Anderson Medal of the Society for Nautical Research.