Sam Willis has pulled off another notable coup in bringing to light these original dispatches, which add so much knowledge, and so much colour and interest, to a period we thought we knew so well.
Sam Willis does not just transcribe the precious, privileged sources he has discovered. He also locates them in the warfare, seascapes, and politics of their time. His vivid writing and the book's lovely design make In the Hour of Victory a pleasure to handle and a revelation to read.
Highly entertaining... The Struggle for Sea Power is careful in research and analysis, and a strong example of military history at its most ambitious: a "liquid history" that, diluting the familiar, landlubbing account, globalises the politics of the American Revolution.
Vivid and wide-ranging... Mr. Willis writes feelingly about the harsh realities of life before the mast and the skill and endurance of crews who would improvise repairs to ships at sea in the wake of a bloody engagement or a devastating storm.
Wall Street Journal
A page-turner that delivers an eye-opening history of the American Revolution from a different perspective, as well as surprising details of what Willis maintains was the greatest war of the age of sail.
Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
The American Revolution is generally seen as a land war, but in this thorough and satisfying account, Willis convincingly argues that the colonies' rebellion sparked the "greatest war of the age of sail".
Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)