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George Washington’s Great Gamble: How Sea Power Won American its Freedom: James Nelson


After 6 years of brutal fighting against the greatest maritime power on earth, Washington knew he could not win without control of the sea. Despite all odds, Washington gambled his army and the outcome of the war on the single chance of gaining naval superiority.

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Speaker Biography

Jim Nelson was born and raised in Maine and graduated from UCLA with a degree in motion picture/television production. Finding that despite being in Southern California, it was a damp, drizzly November in his soul, Jim took the cure Melville recommended and decided to sail about a little and see the watery part of the world. For six years he worked on board traditional sailing ships before launching a writing career as in 1994. He has since written seventeen works of maritime fiction and history. He is the winner or the American Library Association/William Young Boyd Award and the Naval Order’s Samuel Eliot Morison Award. Nelson has lectured all over the country and appeared on the Discovery Channel, History Channel and BookTV. He currently lives in Harpswell, Maine, with his former shipmate, now wife Lisa and their four children.


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