KNIGHT OF THE SEAS by Valentine Thomson


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Easy reading and highly interesting, reports one enthusiast on the subject of John Paul Jones. The book seems well documented, she continues, and the author has had access to unusual material abroad, with the result that the French scene is particularly vivid,and the focus seems to be on the French and Russian part of his life. Emphasis is on the romance, legendary or real, in Jones' life, rather than on his career as a sea fighter. With lack of precise information about Jones as a man, the author has none the less understood and interpreted his character well. There are occasional lapses in taste, occasional inaccuracies, unevenness of interpretation of historical incidents (the Silas Deane affair, for example). But all in all, the background is admirably handled.

Publisher: Liveright