About The Book

IF BY SEA is the definitive history of the founding of the United States Navy. It charts forty tumultuous years of false starts, failures and triumphs, as the fledgling republic sought to establish its place in the world. From the Battle of Lexington and Concord in 1775 to Yorktown in 1781; from the Quasi-War with France and the War with Tripoli, and from the great naval battles of the War of 1812 to New Orleans, the need for and prospects of an American navy were very much in question. During the Federalist Era (1789-1801), in particular, even as other national institutions were moving from the words of the Constitution to the reality of a workable republican government, the founding fathers were embroiled in a vicious partisan fight over the navy's very existence. Indeed, the political bickering went on and on, well into the next century, ending only when the navy, through its undeniable record of achievement during the War of 1812, proved indispensable to the country's defense and to the peace that followed.




Tuesday, February 7, 2012

What's Happening in 2012

"1812" The Navy's War" was published in Oct 2011. The year 2012 is the bicentennial year of the War of 1812 and I will be traveling extensively to speak about that war. You can see where I am speaking by clicking on this link: www.georgedaughanevents.blogspot..com Please join me if there is an event near you.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Radio Talk

I'll be on the radio at 2:30 P.M. today, April 26, talking about the Chinese navy, and about my new book, with Ken Kraetzer, whose program, Sons of the American Legion Radio Report, is broadcast all over the world. The station is WVOX in White Plains, New York.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

John Carter Brown Library

I'll be speaking at the fellows lunch at the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University on Wednesday April 21. Lunch is at noon in the Chancellor's Dining Room and at 12:30 I'll be speaking about "If By Sea".

Friday, December 11, 2009

Journal of Southern History Review of "If By Sea"

The Journal of Southern History has published a new book review of "If By Sea". The review is written by Craig L Symonds, author of "Lincoln's Admirals". You can see excerpts from the review on the news and review page of this blog.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

November 10 in Falmouth

Tuesday, November 10, noon - one. In honor of our veterans I'll be speaking about "If By Sea" at the "Lunch Box Friends" monthly gathering at the Falmouth Public Library. Everyone is welcome to attend. You are invited to bring your lunch. If you already have a copy of the book bring it along and I'll be happy to sign it for you. There will be books available if you need a copy.

Quincy Historical Society

Saturday, November 7. I'll be speaking at the Military History Symposium at the Quincy Historical Society. If you'll be attending that event I will see you there.

Friday, September 4, 2009


I'm off to Annapolis on Sept 10th and 11th for the Naval Symposium where I will be a panel speaker. If you are coming to the symposium I'll be looking forward to meeting you.