Give Me a Fast Ship

The Continental Navy and America's Revolution at Sea

Five ships against hundreds—the American Navy vs the greatest naval force the world had ever seen.

By Tim McGrath Read by Don Hagen History - United States / Military / Nonfiction English, Unabridged 19h 55m Sell Sheet
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16 Audio CDs July 19, 2016 $59.99 $47.99 9781520020181 Add to Cart
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							America in 1775 was on the verge of revolution—or, more likely, disastrous defeat. After the bloodshed at Lexington and Concord, England’s King George sent hundreds of ships westward to bottle up American harbors and prey on American shipping. Colonists had no force to defend their coastline and waterways until John Adams of Massachusetts proposed a bold solution: The Continental Congress should raise a navy. The Royal Navy was the mightiest floating arsenal in history, with a seemingly endless supply of vessels. More than a hundred of these were massive “ships of the line,” bristling with up to a hundred high-powered cannon that could level a city. The British were confident that His Majesty’s warships would quickly bring the rebellious colonials to their knees.

Give Me a Fast Ship is an exhaustively researched and fluently rendered account of the first incarnation of the American navy. In telling this fascinating and sprawling tale, Tim McGrath never loses sight of the human dimension of his subject...McGrath has mined archival sources that have been largely neglected in previous histories. The result is a thoroughly readable history of an integral aspect of the campaign for American independence. - Ian W. Toll, author of Six Frigates

"McGrath has a seafarer's grasp of tactics and is a good storyteller, particularly as he weaves together the character of ships and the personalities of their captains. But it is in descriptions of the running battles at sea that he really shines, something he proves beyond doubt when recounting the well-known story of John Paul Jones. We all know the outcome, yet McGrath keeps us transfixed on the action even as we await the fiery words we know by heart: "I have not yet begun to fight." - Washington Post

"In Tim McGrath's Give Me a Fast Ship, early American naval literature has found a proud new flagship...It is rare for a one-volume work to fill the sails of personalities and battles separated from the modern reader by nearly two centuries, but Give Me a Fast Ship pulls it off beautifully. His descriptions are vivid, his commanders three-dimensional, and he evinces a genuine love of the world of white sails and black powder." - The Wall Street Journal