The triumphant story of the last and greatest war under sail, an intimate history of the turbulent decades of global conflict that embraced the passage from one century to another.
Noel Mostert is the author of the acclaimed Frontiers (1992). He is Canadian, born in Cape Town. He served as military correspondent with Canadian forces in Europe and was United Nations correspondent for the Montreal Star, based in New York with a roving international assignment. He has contributed journalism and short stories to numerous American publications and is the recipient of several awards for his writing, including Columbia University's National Magazine Award for articles in the New Yorker. He lives in Tangier.
"Like all the best modern scholars, Mostert gets to the big picture
through the minutiae... Not only a monument of learning, but a
terrific read" -- Michael Kerrigan * Scotsman *
"There's enough here...to satisfy even the most demanding naval polymath" * Financial Times *
"An epic history of the longest, cruellest sea war ever fought" * Daily Telegraph *
"Mostert's research has been prodigious" -- Saul David