Give Me A Fast Ship: The Continental Navy and America's Revolution at Sea
America in 1775 was on the verge of revolution - or, more likely, disastrous defeat. After England's King George sent hundreds of ships to bottle up American harbours and prey on American shipping, John Adams of Massachusetts proposed a bold solution: The Continental Congress should raise a navy. Meticulously researched and masterfully told, this is the definitive history of the American Navy during the Revolutionary War.
An exhaustively researched and fluently rendered account of the first incarnation of the American navy...A thoroughly readable history of an integral aspect of the campaign for American independence. Ian W. Toll, author of "Six Frigates: The Epic History of the Founding of the U.S. Navy" I ve seldom enjoyed a work of historical nonfiction as much as "Give Me a Fast Ship..."After you read it, McGrath will be one of your favorite historians, as he now is of mine. Jeff Guinn, " New York Times" bestselling author of "Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson" [McGrath s] gripping descriptions of pursuit and combat at sea are the equal of any fiction, with the added virtue of being entirely true solidly researched and presented with verve and gusto. "Kirkus Reviews" (starred review) McGrath enhances his position among American Revolution naval war historians with this comprehensive, fast-paced account of the collection of armed merchantmen (non naval vessel) manned by amateurs that took on the world s greatest naval power. "Publishers Weekly""
Tim McGrath is the author of the critically acclaimed biography "John Barry: An American Hero in the Age of Sail." An avid sailor, McGrath has published articles in "Naval History" magazine. He lives outside Philadelphia.