Decent early US naval history Jul 27, 2008
This book starts out strong but loses its focus and deteriorates toward the end. One of the things I enjoyed the most about it was how it connected the infant navy with other events of the time period, showing th political maneuvering and fighting that accompanied the growth of the navy. Unfortunately, about halfway through, the book loses its focus, to the point that it is sometimes hard to tell what order different events happened in. Also, the author is sometimes distracted by tangents. All in all, this is a good book, but not stellar.