Bruce Taylor was educated at the Universities of Manchester and Oxford where he received a doctorate in Modern History in 1996. Seaforth have published three of his books, the most recent being The End of Glory, which combines a thrilling narrative and in-depth research of HMS Hood. The Battlecruiser HMS Hood was published in 2005 and is regarded as the ultimate reference work on the ship and a landmark in naval history. U-Boat Attack Logs, another major reference work, was published in 2011.
The series of pocket books provides a very affordable and personal view from seafarers who sailed in an age long past and very different in many ways from the experiences of modern seafarers. This book in the series is unique in several respects, not least that the author was better educated than his shipmatesand able to provide a written account that is vibrant and colourful. This is an extraordinary and valuable book that provides an insight into life under sail on a line-of-battle ship in the US Navy, the author has provided a lively and engaging tale that provides a view of a little-covered period through the eyes of a boy in what was a hard life before the steel steam-powered warship.
This original work has now been sensitively edited by Vincent McInerney and formatted as an edition within the very successful 'Seafarers' Voices' series from Pen and Sword. This true account includes many fascinating ancedotes and includes the exotic woman the author fell for who turned out to be a German spy. This is an extraordinary and valuable book that provides an insight into life under sail and the transition steam, the experiences of peacetime voyages and the experiences of war near the end of an exciting life at sea.
Historians since Hakluyt have remarked on England’s slowness in establishing New World colonies, especially in comparison with her rival, Spain. David Childs seeks to explain the widespread failure of early English colonies by viewing them as beachheads in an extended amphibious campaign. Childs identifies the factors crucial for successful amphibious operations, which, when absent, doomed would-be settlers from Baffin Island to the Carolinas.
Invading America is a detailed, cleverly written synthesis. Childs has an excellent grasp of the material, and an impressive command of the primary sources.
The Northern Mariner
This is the first single-volume work covering the development of paddle steamers on both sides of the Atlantic and its publication coincides with the 200th anniversary of Henry Bell’s Comet.
As the author so ably demonstrates, the impact of the paddle steamer on transport is difficult to overstate and was also linked to a range of technological developments in the 19th Century which are also discussed in some depth.
All-in-all, this is a well-illustrated and fascinating account of 19th Century ingenuity and its revolutionary effects on maritime communication and naval warfare.
Marine News This is an excellent book backed up with some very good quality photographs, many of which are rare and seldom seen. I would very highly recommend this book to our readers.
Shipping –Today and yesterday April 2013
This World Naval Review, first published in 2009, goes from strength to strength. As stated in previous reviews in ‘Scuttlebutt’ Seaforth’s World Naval Review is the ideal companion piece to the standard international reference work Jane’s Fighting Ships and is considerably cheaper. For the busy person who does not have time to plough through the mass of data in Jane’s, and make their own analysis, this fourth edition with its selective, executive style overview, does it for them. The review is gaining in reputation with an expanding readership and it is now being co-published with the US Naval Institute Press. The 2013 edition, edited by Conrad Waters and written by an impressive group of international contributors, including Norman Friedman and David Hobbs is again divided into World Fleet Reviews, Significant Ships and Technological Reviews. Again the book is laid out to Seaforth’s high standard and has many data tables and clear summary boxes. This review is a must for those wishing to keep up with world naval affairs.
Scuttlebutt Waters has the ability to compact a great deal of analysis into a small space. The World Naval Review possesses significant strengths. It provides a high level of basic fleet composition across the world. More significantly, it provides a critical essay on all major navies, their strengths, weaknesses and challenges, new developments and an assessment as to operational effectiveness. I would recommened aquiring the World Naval Review annually, as it provides analysis, context and is well written, illustrated and relevant.
The Northern Mariner This annual publication, now in its fourth year, maintains both its format and standard. These books are good value for money and well worth reading.
Escort (NEWSLETTER OF THE SMALL WARSHIP SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP INTERNATIONAL PLASTIC MODELLERS SOCIETY)