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Winner of the 2007 Samuel Eliot Morison Award and the 2007 William E. Colby Award

“In this account of the early history of the American navy, Ian Toll seeks to explain not just how [the War of 1812] happened, but also why. He succeeds splendidly. His factual story is as exciting as any of Patrick O’Brian’s fictional seafaring tales.”

The Economist

“[Six Frigates is] rousing, exhaustively researched history…. Toll provides perspective by seamlessly incorporating the era’s political and diplomatic history into his superlative single-volume narrative—a must-read for fans of naval history and the early American Republic.”

Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A fluent, intelligent history of American military policy from the early 1790s…but the book’s real value, and the pleasure it provides, lies in Toll’s grasp of the human dimension of his subject…. The battle depictions are worthy of Patrick O’Brian…Toll has plumbed diaries, letters and ships’ logs to give the reader a feel for the human quirks and harsh demands of life at sea in the Age of Sail…. [Toll] captures the zest for action that seized, and sometimes warped, young warriors on all sides.”

—Evan Thomas, New York Times Book Review (Editors’ Choice)

“Gripping…a masterful narrative…Toll captures the ambivalence of the government, and its reluctance to pay for even a tiny navy, very well.”

—Joe Mysak, Bloomberg News

“Toll has a light touch, much like noted historian David McCullough; well-researched facts are carefully balanced by smooth narrative flow…. The result is a thoroughly readable book that adds depth and significance to an important era of American history.”

—Bruce Linder, San Diego Tribune

“Sweeping in scope, full of vivid descriptions of naval battles and solidly grounded in the diplomatic landscape from the American Revolution through the War of 1812, Ian W. Toll’s Six Frigates is a masterly work…comprehensive, beautifully written and exciting to read. Every naval aficionado will want it.”

—Chris Pastilelis, Houston Chronicle

“A superb, page-turning history of America’s first truly difficult set of political military decisions…. A great, sprawling, and fascinating tale.”

—Admiral James Stavridis, U.S. Navy, Proceedings

“Ian W. Toll writes with an arresting energy. He evokes the world of Patrick O’Brian, the salt-stained ruthlessness of naval commanders, the carnage of the broadside and the surgeon’s saw, but also conjures a lost American landscape.”

—Tim Gardam, The Guardian (UK)

“Above all, Toll writes with clarity and force. This was a book I did not want to finish. It is a magnificent, riveting achievement.”

—Michael Pembroke, Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)

“Toll steers his readers handily through matters of policy and politics…. He quotes from piloting guides, considers the frigates’ sailing abilities, and remarks on spring fogs in Massachusetts Bay. He does not write that a ship headed offshore, but that it, the Chesapeake, ‘doubled Cape Henry and steered into the offing, dead east on the compass.’”

—Michael Kenney, Boston Globe

“Admirers of the late novelist Patrick O’Brian will relish Toll’s telling.”

—Nicholas Basbanes, Los Angeles Times Book Review

“Vibrant and comprehensive, Toll makes an impressive debut.”

—Gilbert Taylor, Booklist

“Toll’s account is unsparing in its treatment of political folly, administrative incompetence, and crippling personal rivalries…. And far from romanticizing the battles themselves, he provides graphic descriptions—very much in the style of [Patrick] O’Brian—of the frequently grotesque carnage produced by the naval fighting of this era.”

—Carnes Lord, professor of military and naval strategy, U.S. Naval War College, for the New York Sun

“This history will be a delight to fans of naval literature, fact or fiction.”

Library Journal


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