"Monitor": The Story of the Legendary Civil War Ironclad and the Man Whose Invention Changed the Course of History

by JamesTertiusdeKay (Author)


On March 9 1862, an epic battle was fought that not only affected the course of the American Civil War, but forever changed the face of naval warfare. This is the saga of arguably the most famous ship in American history, of the events leading up to and following the battle, and of the people who made them happen.


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
Publisher: Pimlico
Published: 01 Jul 1999

ISBN 10: 0712665390
ISBN 13: 9780712665391
Book Overview: The fascinating story of the most famous ship in American history and the man whose invention changed the face of naval warfare.

Media Reviews
Altogether absorbing and charming.
--The New York Times
--The New York Times Book Review
FASCINATING READING . . . The stirring tale of the unique ship--its brilliant, arrogant inventor John Ericsson, its speedy assembly, and the fateful showdown that made it arguably the most famous vessel in American history--is laid out with rich, vivid detail. . . . DeKay has breathed new life into the story of the Monitor. . . . His anecdotes, his clear grasp of the times, and dramatic descriptions of the battle make this history a must for Civil War buffs and casual readers alike.
--The Philadelphia Inquirer
BRINGS TO LIFE A RICH CAST OF CHARACTERS . . . A vivid, informative, fully realized work infused with dramatic momentum.
--Houston Chronicle
WRITTEN WITH PANACHE . . . DeKay's tale is a richly brocaded one, serving up the sweetheart deals and political shenanigans that marked the Monitor's progress; elaborating on the rumors that flew before the epic battle like expectations before a championship heavyweight fight; bringing into play the weather and tides and most any other thing that touched upon events. This book is, simply, a little treasure.
--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)