BOUND FOR BATTLE: The Cruise of the United States Frigate ESSEX, in the War of 1812 as told by Captain David Porter by Betty-Ed. Shepard

BOUND FOR BATTLE: The Cruise of the United States Frigate ESSEX, in the War of 1812 as told by Captain David Porter

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Following her success with another Essex (The Wreck of the Whaleship Essex), Betty Shepard has condensed and edited to equally good effect a second revealing eye-witness account (and interpolated that of his adopted son, then Midshipman David Farragut). The Captain is as interesting as the cruise around South America and into the Pacific: he showed unusual insight in anticipating the psychological and physical needs of his men and in deploying and disguising the British ships he captured; he was also a keen observer of particularities from the ""novelties"" of a Chilean ball to the strange habits of the Galapagos turtle to the ingenious fortifications of the Marquesas Indians. Abundantly laced with action as well, efficiently bridged and thoroughly documented, this is rousing reading and sound history.

Pub Date: Oct. 4th, 1967
Publisher: Harcourt, Brace & World