by world-renowned naval historian John B Hattendorf.
Bates provides a highly detailed narrative description, with extensive quotations from original documents, describing Erasmus Gower’s naval career.
The book offers much detail of great interest to specialists in naval history.
Bates’s volume on Admiral Gower sheds light on the life and career of a very interesting and highly accomplished naval officer whose experiences scholars have overlooked for too long. The volume makes a valuable addition to the extensive literature on the age of Nelson and a useful reference volume for any library collection in that area of naval history.
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This was the recognition I had hoped for and for it to come from someone of John’s stature in naval circles has made all the hard work worthwhile.