War at Sea: A Shipwrecked History from Antiquity to the Twentieth Century


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Oxford University Press, USA
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6.3 X 1.2 X 9.4 inches | 2.15 pounds

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About the Author

James P. Delgado is a maritime archaeologist, explorer, and author. His shipwreck investigations include the RMS Titanic, USS Monitor, USS Arizona (BB-39), Sub Marine Explorer, the buried Gold Rush ships of San Francisco, and Kublai Khan's legendary lost fleet.


"In WAR AT SEA, James P. Delgado delivers a sweeping history of naval warfare told through the evidence of sunken ships scattered around the globe . . . readers may wish to know more of Mr. Delgado's personal experience, given the hints he offers of his own shipwreck searches. Having written a highly readable survey of naval warfare and technology, he clearly has more stories to tell."


"A detailed and well-documented global tour of the history of lost warships over 3,000 years of prehistory and history . . . an incredible piece of research by
one of the pioneers of underwater cultural studies . . . a masterpiece that
will be a benchmark for understanding the significance of shipwreck
history for decades to come."

"James Delgado is the Sherlock Holmes of sunken warship investigation, perhaps the most respected and renowned military marine archeological expert of all time. Fascinating and dramatic, War at Sea is his most recent book, a treasury of intrigue and enigmas from the countless sunken warships that lie on the bottom of oceans, lakes, and rivers. --Clive Cussler, bestselling novelist and founder of the National Underwater and Marine Agency

"There is no finer maritime historian alive today than James Delgado. His new book War at Sea is a stunning example of his broad knowledge of all times historical beneath the sea. I strongly recommend it to anyone who is not only interested in naval history but enjoys a good story as well. A must read!"--Robert D. Ballard, discoverer of the RMS Titanic and the German battleship Bismarck

"Compelling and captivating. A real tour de force. Delgado takes the reader on a fascinating journey through the history of warships from antiquity to the present, focusing especially on the relevant shipwrecks and fragmentary remains that have been recovered by maritime archaeologists. Magisterial."--Eric Cline, author of 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed

"Combining vast, up-to-the-minute scholarship with his extensive personal experience exploring the shipwrecks of the world, James Delgado has created an encyclopedic history of war at sea that is also a fun and fascinating read. Wonderfully illustrated, this is maritime history at its best."-Nathaniel Philbrick, author of In the Hurricane's Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown