George washingtons secret navy has been the happy recipient of two awards this year which speak both to the books scholarship and the fact that it is a fun story to read the first is the rodney houghton award given by the national maritime historical society for the best article of the year in its popular sea history magazine . Overall there was a lot of interesting information in this book it was clearly carefully researched by the author however if by sea the forging of the american navy from the revolution to the war of 1812 by george daughan was written in a much more compelling way although the role of washington in the early navy is only lightly brushed upon. Find great deals for george washingtons secret navy how the american revolution went to sea by james l nelson 2008 hardcover shop with confidence on ebay skip to main content ebay shop by category shop by category enter your search keyword. James l nelson is the author of benedict arnolds navy as well as several novels that take place during the age of the sailing navies his first book of nonfiction was reign of iron the story of the first battling ironclads . The hardcover of the george washingtons secret navy how the american revolution went to sea by james l nelson at barnes noble james l nelsons swiftly moving narrative shows that george washington deliberately withheld knowledge of his tiny navy from the continental congress for more than two critical months and that he did so
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