Mark Lardas holds a degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, but spent his early career at the Johnson Space Center doing Space Shuttle structural analysis and space navigation. An amateur historian and a long-time ship modeler, Mark Lardas is currently working in League City, Texas. He has written extensively about modeling as well as naval, maritime, and military history.
"The four battles are fully covered so that we can understand how each ship performed during these times. The book is superbly illustrated with period painting and drawings and there is a statistical analysis of each of the battles. In all, a superlative inclusion to this series. It is a book that I thoroughly enjoyed reading and is one that I know you will find a delight as well." --Scott Van Aken, Modeling Madness (October 2009)"Mark Lardas' Constitution vs Guerriere: Frigates During the War of 1812 follows a duel between two 19th century sailing frigates, one of the most brutal classes of arms in history where four famous frigate duels were fought. A vivid analysis of combatants, ships and their battles." --The Bookwatch (December 2009)