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To any disoriented lubber who needs to take a quick bearing on Aubrey's world of staysails and sternposts, it will be a useful compass. (The Economist)
Dean King's lexicon will charm cultists. (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
An outstandingly useful passkey to the wooden world of Britain's Royal Navy in the great age of sail. (Sea History)
A gem of a book. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
John B. Hattenborf is a professor of maritime history at the United States Naval War College. J. Worth Estes, Ph.D., is a professor of pharmacology at Boston University and a specialist in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century maritime medicine.
Wow, all I can say is wow. One of the finest glossaries of nautical and late 18th-early 19th century social terms that I have ever come across. Read morePublished on Jan. 5 2006 by Travis Weir
When I started to read "Master and Commander", I was completely lost in the "sea of words", the nautical vocabulary. Read morePublished on June 12 2004 by Leslie A. Harris
A good book to have along for the ride, when all those never-seen-before terms come up. And that doesn't include just the marine ones. Read morePublished on May 11 2004 by Amazon Customer
I'd actually read all of the books before finding this gem, and now I can look forward to enjoying the O'Brian books all over again. Read morePublished on Jan. 1 2004 by Lady Shelley
For someone starting out in the Aubrey/Maturin (or any other sea stories, for that matter), this is an excellent companion. Read morePublished on Nov. 9 2003 by Michael
The reason for that review title is to alleviate the inevitable brain hemorrage that will result if you attempt to read Patrick O'brian's novels without a thorough 18th Century... Read morePublished on Dec 8 2002 by D. A Butler
I found the book, which does not appear to have been authorized or endorsed by O'Brian or his publishers, to be generally terrific, highly readable, and a way to help quench the... Read morePublished on Aug. 16 2002 by Frank Catalina