More a compilation of primary sources and first-hand accounts than a standard history book, The War for All the Oceans reads like a novel and is a very enjoyable story.
Roy and Lesley Adkins tell the story of the Napoleonic Wars from the perspectives and experiences of the men who lived and died during the conflict. While the narrative follows primary historical figures--Napoleon, Nelson, Smith--the history comes alive through voices of the ordinary men who history so often overlooks.
A highly recommended read that is skillfully narrated by Patrick Lawlor (although I don't like his American voice), The War for All the Oceans is a refreshingly different sort of history.
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