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Sloop of War

KENT, ALEXANDER


Item Description: Hutchinson, London, 1972. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good with short tears and chipping to head and foot of spine area.. First edition. A clean, bright and solid copy of this Richard Bolitho novel.

The year in which the American War of Independence changed to an all-out struggle for freedom from British rule and the year Bolitho took command of the Sparrow. As the pace of war increased, the Sparrow was called from one crisis to another. Douglas Reeman [A. Kent] was an officer in the Royal Navy and served during WWII and the Korean war. His maritime and war experiences, together with his passion for naval history, come vividly through in his writing. Richard Bolitho, a semifictional Royal Navy officer, was born in 1756 in Falmouth, Cornwall, in the United Kingdom, the second son of a prestigious naval family. He joined the navy in 1768. He served in the wars against France and the United States. He was promoted to lieutenant in 1774, captain in 1782, and admiral in 1800. He died in action against the French in 1815. Bolitho was known for his tactical ingenuity, his daring, and his disregard of both convention and political expediency. He rose to high rank--despite the opposition of less competent men--because of his ability to win crucial victories against seemingly impossible odds. Among the men of the fleet, Bolitho was known as a demanding but scrupulously fair and humane captain. The men sometimes referred to him, though never to his face, as "Equality Dick." His reputation as a paragon of decency in a brutal world created a fierce sense of loyalty among those who had served under him.
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