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COMMAND UNDER SAIL

by James C. Bradford, Editor

This entertaining collection of essays takes a biographical approach to early American naval history. The period from 1775 to 1850 was a trying time...

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FROM FORECASTLE TO CABIN

by Captain Samuel Samuels

“How he [Capt. Samuel Samuels] ends his narrative is just as compelling as how he begins, and his words will haunt readers long after they...

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GALLEY SLAVE

GALLEY SLAVE

by Jean Marteilhe

This is the remarkable memoir of Jean Marteilhe of Bergerac, who, after the revocation of the Edictof Nantes in 1685, found himself condemned, like...

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LANDSMAN HAY

LANDSMAN HAY

by Robert Hay, Abridged and Edited by Vincent McInerney

In 1803, at the age of fourteen, Robert Hay joined the Royal Navy and spent the next eight years at sea. His colorful memoir describes a sailor's...

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MAN OF WAR LIFE

by Charles Nordoff, Abridged and Edited by Vincent McInerney

In 1844, when barely 14, Charles Nordhoff managed to talk his way into the U.S. Navy. He was better educated than most of his fellow seamen, and was...

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ROLLING HOME

by William Morris Barnes

Barnes was born in 1850 into a ship owning family in St. Johns, Newfoundland, and first went to sea while still a boy. At the outbreak of the First...

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SLAVER CAPTAIN

SLAVER CAPTAIN

by John Newton

An Anglican clergyman best remembered as the author of the hymn Amazing Grace, John Newton was engaged in the slave trade for the first thirty years...

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THACH WEAVE

THACH WEAVE

by Steve Ewing

This biography completes a trilogy on the three Navy fighter pilots—Jimmie Thach, Butch O'Hare, and Jimmy Flatley—who developed...

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TRUE BELIEVER

TRUE BELIEVER

by Scott W. Carmichael

Read the extensive feature article on Montes in April 18, 2013 issue of The Washington Post magazine "Several years ago, I informed the Federal...

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WHALE HUNTER

WHALE HUNTER

by Nelson Cole Haley

A harpooner in the whale ship Charles W. Morgan from 1849 to 1853, Nelson Cole Haley embarked on a hunt that took him from New Bedford, Massachusetts...

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GUNBIRD DRIVER

GUNBIRD DRIVER

by David A. Ballentine

David Ballentine recalls his experiences as a young pilot flying an armed UH-1E with Marine Observation Squadron Six in Vietnam. Like any good war...

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IN LOVE AND WAR, REVISED AND UPDATED

IN LOVE AND WAR, REVISED AND UPDATED

by Jim Stockdale and Sybil Stockdale

A unique American chronicle of a Navy family's life during the Vietnam War years, this widely acclaimed memoir has been updated to include an...

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TENNESSEE PATRIOT

TENNESSEE PATRIOT

by William P. Lawrence and Rosario "Zip" Rausa

Bill Lawrence served his country for thirty-seven years in a remarkable naval career filled with triumphs and adversities. A naval aviator and test...

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THE CAPTAIN WHO BURNED HIS SHIPS

by Gordon S. Brown

This is the first biography of Captain Thomas Tingey, who was a key figure in the development of the early U.S. Navy.  Having come to America...

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VON RICHTHOFEN

by Richard Townshend Bickers

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