The fighting, blood-and-guts side of naval life is portrayed by Wilson with great skill...A charming book.
Empire of the Deep by Ben Wilson is an engaging history of the British navy from King Alfred to the Thames pageant at last year's Diamond Jubilee.
Wilson has a brilliant flair for addressing very current questions with reference to the past.
Wilson charts and celebrates a 1,000-year love affair between our islands and the seaborne branch of the armed forces...The sea boils and timbers creak as you read this smart, salty, invigorating work.
Spanning the period since the Romans left until now, Empire of the Deep: The Rise and Fall of the British Navy is a sprawling, magisterial account of how Brittania came to rule the waves.
Superb...crisply and clearly composed by Ben Wilson
One of our finest young historians...With such a variety of peaks and troughs to choose from, this book can only generate discussion: it is, in its essence, a book about rise and fall that explodes the notion of rise and fall. It is a wonderful book because it does not tell the answer from on high but, instead, it asks the question: what do you think?
My only regret was in finishing this fascinating and thought-provoking account.
The author...writes with such brio and passion about the subject.
Wilson tackles this formidable canvas with zeal and spirit. He is strong on strategy and analysis, yet also throws himself into the great battle scenes, of which his account of the battle of the Nile in 1798 is particularly effective.
Compelling...Wilson's mastering of 1,500 years of naval history is no small achievement.
An entertaining and erudite tale
In this enlightening book, the author rightly argues that it is necessary to go back more than a thousand years to understand the history of the Royal Navy.