Fowler, William M., Jr.
Title JACK TARS AND COMMODORES: THE AMERICAN NAVY, 1783-1815.
Publisher Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 1984, first edition.
Seller ID 23928
318 pp, large 8vo (9 3/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0395353149 B&w plates, maps/battle plans. "(A) lively and authoritative account of the United States Navy from Independence throught the War of 1812. During this turbulent period the new American republic fought three wars - declared and undeclared - against the Barbary States, France, and Great Britain. The first two were entirely naval affairs; the third, a combination of military action on land and sea. In each the s u r v i v a l of the young nation was due in large part to the efforts of the navy and the exploits of such men as Stephen Decatur, Isaac Hull, Thomas Truxtun, and Oliver Hazard Perry. William Fowler is a historian with the capacity to convert me ti cu lo us r es ea rch into flowing narrative. Here he fuses political and naval history, looking at political forces in the rapidly expanding U.S. society as well as at naval ordnance, operations, and the fateful and exciting battles at sea. He de als to o w ith th e o ften neglected human aspects of life aboard ship, focusing on those who served in the forecastle as well as the great men on the quarterdeck." Minor soiling on top of text block at spine. Dust jacket has been price-clip ped, has ver y li ght wrin klin g at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, several small tears - taped at top inside of spine. Very Good+/Very Good