Admirals: The Naval Commanders Who Made Britain GreatPaperback
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- Publisher: FABER & FABER
- Format: Paperback | 512 pages
- Dimensions: 126mm x 194mm x 36mm | 422g
- Publication date: 2 July 2009
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0571231578
- ISBN 13: 9780571231577
- Illustrations note: Illustrations (chiefly col.), maps
- Sales rank: 15,528
This is the true story of how Britain's maritime power helped gain this country unparalleled dominance of the world's economy. Admirals celebrates the rare talents of the men who shaped the most successful fighting force in world history. Told through the lives and battles of eleven of our most remarkable admirals - men such as James II and Robert Blake - Andrew Lambert's book stretches from the Spanish Armada to the Second World War, culminating with the spirit which led Andrew Browne Cunningham famously to declare, when the army feared he would lose too many ships, 'it takes three years to build a ship; it takes three centuries to build a tradition.'
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Andrew Lambert is Professor of Naval History at King's College, London, and has been described as 'the outstanding British naval historian of his generation' (David Cannadine). His books include The Foundations of Naval History (1998), Trincomalee: The Last of Nelson's Frigates (2002), Nelson: Britannia's God of War (2004), Franklin: Tragic Hero of Polar Exploration (2009), and The Challenge: Britain Against America in the Naval War of 1812 (2012). He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and his highly successful history of the British Navy, War at Sea, was broadcast on BBC2.