Reign of Iron by James L. Nelson

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At the outbreak of the Civil War, North and South quickly saw the need to develop the latest technology in naval warfare, the ironclad ship. After a year-long scramble to finish first, in a race filled with intrigue and second guessing, blundering and genius, the two ships -- the Monitor and the Merrimack -- after a four-hour battle, ended the three-thousand-year tradition of wooden men-of-war and ushered in "the reign of iron."

In the first major work on the subject in thirty-five years, novelist, historian, and tall-ship sailor James L. Nelson, acclaimed author of the Brethren of the Coast trilogy, brilliantly recounts the story of these magnificent ships, the men who built and fought them, and the extraordinary battle that made them legend.


About James L. Nelson

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James L. Nelson has served as a seaman, rigger, boatswain, and officer on a number of sailing vessels. He is the author of "By Force of Arms, The Maddest Idea, The Continental Risque, Lords of the Ocean, " and "All the Brave Fellows --" the five books of his Revolution at Sea Saga. -- as well as "The Guardship: Book One of the Brethren of the Coast." He lives with his wife and children in Harpswell, Maine.
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 400 pages
Genres: History, War. Non-fiction

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The Monitor-Merrimack showdown may be one of the Civil War's most overhyped chestnuts: the two ships were by no means the first ironclads, and their long awaited confrontation proved an anticlimactic

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But Nelson, a master tactician himself, tears readers away before the two ironclads meet, taking us back to the beginning of the war and the race by North and South to develop ironclad vessels for battle.

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