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The Line Upon A Wind

Following the acclaimed Frontiers, Noel Mostert s new book chronicles the first true world war . This was to be the longest, hardest and cruellest war ever fought at sea on a scale comparable only with the Second World War. Methods of battle under sail, little altered for centuries, would be forced to change and develop at an unprecedented pace that brought with it the fearsome power of rockets, torpedoes and submarines. While the war on land saw the rise of the greatest soldier the world had known Napoleon Buonaparte the war at sea had the unprecedented genius of Horatio Nelson. Mostert writes with intriguing insight about the parallels between the two historic figures. In February 1793 France declared war on Britain and Holland. The Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars that raged for the next twenty-two years saw European powers manoeuvring for mercantile and political advantage, in a complex and ever-changing web of alliances and coalitions. By 1815 the world was a different place, age-old certainties were shattered, established dynasties and kingdoms overthrown, the United States had been established as a world power and a new age was dawning. The Great War, as it was kn
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The triumphant story of the last and greatest war under sail, an intimate history of the turbulent decades of global conflict that embraced the passage from one century to another.

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Noel Mostert is the author of the acclaimed Frontiers (1992). He is Canadian, born in Cape Town. He served as military correspondent with Canadian forces in Europe and was United Nations correspondent for the Montreal Star, based in New York with a roving international assignment. He has contributed journalism and short stories to numerous American publications and is the recipient of several awards for his writing, including Columbia University's National Magazine Award for articles in the New Yorker. He lives in Tangier.


"Like all the best modern scholars, Mostert gets to the big picture through the minutiae... Not only a monument of learning, but a terrific read" -- Michael Kerrigan * Scotsman * "There's enough satisfy even the most demanding naval polymath" * Financial Times * "An epic history of the longest, cruellest sea war ever fought" * Daily Telegraph * "Mostert's research has been prodigious" -- Saul David

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