Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Fifty Ships that Changed the Course of History

Fifty Ships that Changed the Course of History
A Nautical History of the World

Ian Graham

Publication - 1 September 2016,
Exisle Publishing - RRP $34.99

The history of the world really came down to the passage of its most important ships. Here in one beautiful book, timed for Father’s Day, is the very essence of our seaborne evolution.

Fifty Ships that Changed the Course of History is more than just a delight for lovers of the sea—it’s a virtual history of the world told through the boats and ships that influenced how and where people lived, with whom they traded, the ideas they exchanged, and how they won and lost the battles that set the course of later generations.

From the Stone Age to the present day, no technology has had a more profound impact on mankind than watercraft. Boats and ships made possible the settlement and conquest of new worlds. They determined the victors of history-changing wars and aided the spread of new philosophies, technologies, and religions. Even today, virtually everything we purchase and consume—from petroleum and consumer electronics to the clothes we wear and much of the food we eat—depends upon seaborne trade.

Fifty Ships that Changed the Course of History contains not only maritime marvels from ages past, but also some of the most iconic Australian and New Zealand watercraft. Included are the likes of Captain Cook’s HMS Endeavour and Greenpeace’s once flagship Rainbow Warrior. Beautifully illustrated with historic artwork and modern photography, it’s also a guide to how men and women went to sea or down the river in every age and place.

Girt by sea in our island home, this book will have a special resonance for New Zealanders keenly aware of the important role shipping played in our history and continues to play in our future.


Ian Graham was joint winner of the 2012 Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize and shortlisted for the 2014 Educational Writers’ Award.

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