Jack Aubrey Commands: An Historical Companion to the Naval World of Patrick O'Brian Hardcover – Oct 2003
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About the Author
Brian Lavery is Curator of Ship Technology at the National Maritime Museum. His earlier title for Conway Maritime Press, Nelson's Navy, The Ships, Men and Organisation has sold over 45,000 copies as an illustrated hardback. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Someone recently asked me whether it was better to buy "Jack Aubrey's Commands" or Richard O'Neill's recent "Patrick O'Brian's Navy: Jack Aubrey's World". Putting the obvious answer of "Buy both of them!" aside (and assuming that the reader already has Lavery's "Nelson's Navy" or feels that this earlier work is as yet too formidable to approach), then my recommendation would depend on the reader's personal preferences. Both volumes contain a good detail of information about the Royal Navy of Jack Aubrey's era. O'Neill's book is especially strong in the area of excellent period illustrations, Lavery's in the direction of narrative strength. The first is perhaps best for repeated browsing, the latter for a straightforward read.