Saturday, March 31, 2007
Napoleon's Lost Fleet (Book #34)
Napoleon's Lost Fleet: Bonaparte, Nelson, and the Battle of the Nile (Laura Foreman and Ellen Blue Phillips, 1999) turned out to be a surprisingly informative book. I say surprisingly because when I picked it up from the library and saw that it was a slim companion volume to a Discovery Channel special, I wasn't exactly expecting to learn anything new. And on some levels I didn't. But what makes this such a good book is its clarity. Now I feel like I have a greater understanding and command of information I already knew about everything from the flow of government in France from the Revolution to the point Napoleon crowned himself emperor to how the various "rates" of ships in the British navy worked.