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To Rule the Waves: How the British Navy Shaped the Modern World

2 Ratings: 3.0
A book by Arthur Herman

The author ofHow the Scots Invented the Modern Worldreturns with this quite splendid history of the British Royal Navy. Probably to no one's surprise, his thesis is that the British Empire was the foundation of the modern world and the Royal Navy the … see full wiki

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Author: Arthur Herman
Publisher: HarperCollins
1 review about To Rule the Waves: How the British Navy...

Great book, Great Thesus, but not a page turner

  • May 6, 2005
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Arthur Herman's volume give you more info about the development of the Royal Navy than you can shake a stick at. It is as complete a volume as you can have on what was one of the greatest military groups in history.

Strangely enough it wasn't a page turner for me and I ended up reading it over a month rather than finishing in a week or less as I normally do. It was good, interesting and informative but it wasn't all consuming. In small doses it was just the right taste.

The relevance of the book becomes plain as he points out that once France was defeated utterly it was the presence of the Royal Navy run by an ethical society that kept the peace. It was when the Navy allowed itself to be rivaled (by the Germans) or restricted by treaty (in the 20's) that gave the green light for dictators to feel free to rise. It is a lesson well learned.

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