Book Review: To Rule the Waves by Arthur Herman

Book review of Arthur Herman’s To Rule the Waves, a narrative history of the rise of British Naval Power from the 15th to the 20th Century.

To Rule the Waves tells the extraordinary story of how the British Royal Navy allowed one nation to rise to a level of power unprecedented in history. From the navy’s beginnings under Henry VIII to the age of computer warfare and special ops, historian Arthur Herman tells the spellbinding tale of great battles at sea, heroic sailors, violent conflict, and personal tragedy – of the way one mighty institution forged a nation, an empire, and a new world.