Book Review – ‘The Conquest of the Ocean: The illustrated history of seafaring’ by Brian Lavery

By Andrew Lambert, published November 2020


Mass-market maritime history can be something akin to a minefield, ranging between lightly written overviews lacking depth or insight and worthy tomes of reference that defy the reader to enjoy the journey. Brian Lavery’s latest book navigates elegantly between these twin hazards, using 67 distinct episodes, from Polynesian navigators and the Viking discovery of Newfoundland to the Exxon Valdez disaster, the Australian victory in the America’s Cup and the resurgence of piracy to examine man’s relationship with the sea across recorded history….

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