Book cover of The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny and Murder by David Grann
Biography & Autobiography

The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny and Murder

From the author of Killers of the Flower Moon, a page-turning story of shipwreck, survival, and savagery, culminating in a court martial that reveals a shocking truth. The powerful narrative reveals the deeper meaning of the events on The Wager, showing that it was not only the captain and crew who ended up on trial, but the very idea of empire. […Learn More]

Book cover of Life on the Mississippi: An Epic American Adventure by Rinker Buck
Biography & Autobiography

Life on the Mississippi: An Epic American Adventure

The eagerly awaited return of master American storyteller Rinker Buck, Life on the Mississippi is an epic, enchanting blend of history and adventure in which Buck builds a wooden flatboat from the grand “flatboat era” of the 1800s and sails it down the Mississippi River, illuminating the forgotten past of America’s first western frontier. […Learn More]

Book cover of One Hundred and Sixty Minutes: The Race to Save the RMS Titanic by William Hazelgrove
Engineering & Transportation

One Hundred and Sixty Minutes: The Race to Save the RMS Titanic

One hundred and sixty minutes. That is all the time rescuers would have before the largest ship in the world slipped beneath the icy Atlantic. There was amazing heroism and astounding incompetence against the backdrop of the most advanced ship in history sinking by inches with luminaries from all over the world. It is a story of a network of wireless operators on land and sea who desperately sent messages back and forth across the dark frozen North Atlantic to mount a rescue mission. […Learn More]

Book cover of Rebels at Sea: Privateering in the American Revolution by Eric Jay Dolin
History

Rebels at Sea: Privateering in the American Revolution

The heroic story of the founding of the U.S. Navy during the Revolution has been told many times, yet largely missing from maritime histories of America’s first war is the ragtag fleet of private vessels that truly revealed the new nation’s character—above all, its ambition and entrepreneurial ethos. […Learn More]

Book cover of Unshackling America: How the War of 1812 Truly Ended the American Revolution by Willard Sterne Randall
Europe

Unshackling America: How the War of 1812 Truly Ended the American Revolution

Unshackling America challenges the persistent fallacy that Americans fought two separate wars of independence. Willard Sterne Randall documents an unremitting fifty-year-long struggle for economic independence from Britain overlapping two armed conflicts linked by an unacknowledged global struggle. Throughout this perilous period, the struggle was all about free trade. […Learn More]

Book cover of Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe by Laurence Bergreen
Biography & Autobiography

Over the Edge of the World: Magellan’s Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe

Ferdinand Magellan’s daring circumnavigation of the globe in the sixteenth century was a three-year odyssey filled with sex, violence, and amazing adventure. Now in Over the Edge of the World, prize-winning biographer and journalist Laurence Bergreen entwines a variety of candid, firsthand accounts, bringing to life this groundbreaking and majestic tale of discovery that changed both the way explorers would henceforth navigate the oceans and history itself. […Learn More]

Book cover of World War II at Sea: A Global History by Craig L. Symonds
History

World War II at Sea: A Global History

Author of Lincoln and His Admirals (winner of the Lincoln Prize), The Battle of Midway (Best Book of the Year, Military History Quarterly), and Operation Neptune, (winner of the Samuel Eliot Morison Award for Naval Literature), Craig L. Symonds has established himself as one of the finest naval historians at work today. World War II at Sea represents his crowning achievement: a complete narrative of the naval war and all of its belligerents, on all of the world’s oceans and seas, between 1939 and 1945. […Learn More]

Book cover of Small Boats and Daring Men: Maritime Raiding, Irregular Warfare, and the Early American Navy by Benjamin Armstrong
History

Small Boats and Daring Men: Maritime Raiding, Irregular Warfare, and the Early American Navy

Two centuries before the daring exploits of Navy SEALs and Marine Raiders captured the public imagination, the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps were already engaged in similarly perilous missions: raiding pirate camps, attacking enemy ships in the dark of night, and striking enemy facilities and resources on shore. Even John Paul Jones, father of the American navy, saw such irregular operations as critical to naval warfare. […Learn More]