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This book popped up on my Amazon list. Has anyone read it? Any good? It interests me because of the focus on the Indian Ocean.

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I was at Borders today and picked up this book. Contains info about Corbet(t)/Willoughby/Mauritius.

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“Storm and Conquest” is certainly worth reading. It is obviously designed to appeal to a wide audience but that is not to denigrate it. The author tells a good story and tells it quite well.

For anyone wishing for a comprehensive account of the Great War in the Indian Ocean and China Seas, I believe that Parkinson’s two books – “Trade in the Eastern Seas” (published as long ago as 1937 – reprinted 1966) and “War in the Eastern Seas” (1954) remain essential reading. Of course, they cover a period of twenty years whereas “Storm and Conquest” ostensibly covers only 1809 (but a great deal of history outside this year has to be introduced to make any sense of the story).


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...I hope you enjoy it, Susan. Who else does it feature? Perhaps you will let us know how you find the book in due course.

Thanks, Peter, for the endorsement and other recommendations.



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IONIA wrote:
I believe that Parkinson’s two books – “Trade in the Eastern Seas” (published as long ago as 1937 – reprinted 1966) and “War in the Eastern Seas” (1954) remain essential reading.

I've been looking for a copy of War in the Eastern Seas for a while, but the ones I've run across have been pricey. Fortunately one of the U of Hawaii libraries has a copy and I've managed to photocopy parts of it. I really need to see about getting a library card so I can borrow books from there!

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Mil Goose wrote:
Who else does it feature?

Seems to be quite a bit about Pellew as well. There's a nice color plate of one of his portraits.

There's also a smaller color image of Willoughby. Up to this point, I had just seen the black and white engraving of it.

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I have finally gotten around to reading this book (I'm nearly finished). I have enjoyed it. Taylor does a great job of weaving together the various elements (naval, military, merchant, political, social) in a readable and interesting account. I like that he included Flinders' story as well.

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I, initially, I borrowed it from the library, and enjoyed what I was reading, as it's very informative, and have consequently got myself a copy on the way from Ebay at a very bargain price.

My first observations, though, is that it could do with some illustrations, say, sketches of the descriptions of Indiamen.

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I was momentarily confused by the term "loudhailer." Then I figured out that Taylor meant speaking trumpet. :D

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Thanks Susan.
I read this book some time ago but missed the loudhailer anachronism.


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