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    DescriptionThe Royal Navy to which Admiral Lord Nelson sacrificed his life depended on thousands of sailors and marines to man the great wind-powered wooden warships. Drawn from all over Britain and beyond, often unwillingly, these ordinary men made the navy invincible through skill, courage and sheer determination. They cast a long shadow, with millions of their descendants alive today, and many of their everyday expressions, such as 'skyscraper' and 'loose cannon', continuing to enrich our language. Yet their contribution is frequently overlooked, while the officers became celebrities. JACK TAR gives these forgotten men a voice in an exciting, enthralling, often unexpected and always entertaining picture of what their life was really like during this age of sail. Through personal letters, diaries and other manuscripts, the emotions and experiences of these people are explored, from the dread of press-gangs, shipwreck and disease, to the exhilaration of battle, grog, prize money and prostitutes. JACK TAR is an authoritative and gripping account that will be compulsive reading for anyone wanting to discover the vibrant and sometimes stark realities of this wooden world at war.


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    Title
    Jack Tar
    Subtitle
    Life in Nelson's Navy
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Roy Adkins, By (author) Lesley Adkins
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 480
    Width: 126 mm
    Height: 194 mm
    Thickness: 34 mm
    Weight: 399 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780349120348
    ISBN 10: 034912034X
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25500
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBTM
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD1
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET030
    Ingram Theme: CULT/BRITIS
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JF
    BIC subject category V2: JWF
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JH
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DB
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.3
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    BIC subject category V2: JWT
    BISAC V2.8: HIS015000
    B&T General Subject: 520
    LC classification: DA
    Ingram Subject Code: TE
    BISAC V2.8: TEC025000, HIS027150
    DC22: 359.0094109033, 359.1094109033, 359.10941090
    LC subject heading: , ,
    Thema V1.0: NHD, JWT, JWCK, NHTM
    Illustrations note
    Section: 16, b/w photos
    Publisher
    Little, Brown Book Group
    Imprint name
    Abacus
    Publication date
    03 September 2009
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Roy and Lesley Adkins are husband-and-wife writers and archaeologists, the bestselling authors of over eighteen widely acclaimed books on social and naval history, archaeology, ancient Rome, ancient Greece and Egyptology. Their books include the bestselling Jack Tar, Trafalgar, The War for All the Oceans, Empires of the Plain and The Keys of Egypt and have so far been translated into sixteen languages worldwide. Roy and Lesley Adkins are elected Fellows of the Society of Antiquaries of London and Members of the Institute for Archaeologists. For further information about them and their books, see their website www.adkinshistory.com.