SUMMARY Captains Contentious The Dysfunctional Sons of the Brine Studies in Maritime History
In Captains Contentious accomplished maritime historian Louis Arthur Norton observes that many of the captains of the Continental Navy were uite obstinate as compared to their British counterparts In doing so Norton surveys the lives and military accomplishments of five captains in the nascent Continental Navy investigating how their personality flaws both hindered their careers and enhanced their heroics in Revolutionary War combat This psychohistorical approach brings to life the idiosyncratic personalities of John Manley Silas Talbot Dudley Saltonstall Joshua Barney and that most uarrelsome of characters John Paul Jones Norton's fast paced account of intertwini.
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Ng naval actions also serves as a maritime history of the war as experienced by these menNorton draws from a wealth of primary and secondary sources to present biographical sketches that illustrate the five captains' reckless bravado and freuent antagonism toward their fellow officers Representing different colonies and originating from diverse social and economic backgrounds this dysfunctional band of fractious mariners shared a common lust for glory and penchant for infighting as they pursued favor and rank at the expense of civility and cooperation They were often at odds with the Continental Congress and Marine Committee that commanded them and openly feuded a.
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Mong themselves Yet they still managed to achieve notable victories against superior British naval forcesTo understand better how these naval heroes turned dysfunction into derring do Norton reads their distinctive personalities against the contrasting demeanor of their adversaries in the British ranks He concludes with psychological inferences about the leadership ualities displayed by these captains which proved to be strikingly valuable in sea combat Enhanced by sixteen illustrations Norton's study offers new insights into the maritime history of the American Revolution as well as an original hypothesis about the psychological traits useful to good naval comman. Le second Empire of their adversaries in the British ranks He concludes with psychological inferences about the leadership ualities displayed by these captains which proved to be strikingly valuable in sea combat Enhanced by sixteen illustrations Norton's study Napoléon et l'opéra offers new insights into the maritime history Souvenirs de campagnes du sergent Faucheur of the American Revolution as well as an Nouvelle Histoire de la France contemporaine, tome 10 : Les Débuts de la troisième République, 1871-1898 original hypothesis about the psychological traits useful to good naval comman.