"From its very first page, The War for All the Oceans is an adventure story - an account of the naval war that lasted from Napoleon's seizure of power in 1798 to the War of 1812 with the United States. Most naval histories stop at Nelson's death at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1895. Yet the Royal Navy took on almost every other nation that had a rival fleet: the French, Spanish, Dutch, Danes, Russians, Turks and Americans. Shipping routes all over the world were guarded to ensure that trade with Britain was not interrupted, and, as Napoleon lost his empire, Britain formed solid, imperial foundations - all because the British army gained control of the oceans." "Roy and Lesley Adkins bring this naval war to life, writing about its heroes, ship maneuvers and shipboard life with equal relish. They paint a picture of the large fleet actions of the war, such as the battles of the Nile and Copenhagen; duels between pairs of ships, such as the HMS Shannon and USS Chesapeake; and combined naval and army operations like the disastrous Walcheren expedition. They provide a ringside seat to the earliest attacks with torpedoes and rockets and a look at our own country in a rendering of the War of 1812, fought in our nation's infancy."--BOOK JACKET.