These ten naval coups are reported and discussed from the tactician's standpoint. They are carefully put into context, however, with a full run down on the events and forces that brought the antagonists to battle point. It is more advanced than The Story of the Fighting Ships. Its coverage and tone imply a grasp of the course and flow of all history, as well as the technical advances of naval warfare. Its beginning chapters are especially useful as supplemental information ranging from 1195 B.C. to 1350 A.D. encompassing Phoenician exploits, the Battle of Salamis, the Battle of the Sound, and the Battle of the English King Edward III with the Spaniards over the right to passage on certain trading routes. The later battles covered are those of Lepanto, the Spanish Armada, Cape St. Vincent, Lissa, Jutland, and Leyte. The ook is illustrated with photographs-- few in number and not of particular aid to understanding of the battles described. The writing is clear and thorough, but the book would have been enhanced by even more maps and diagrams than are included. There is no index, but each battle described is complete in itself and listed by same and date in the table of contents.