Iron Dawn

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Everybody knows about the Monitor and the Merrimack, right? Well, actually, as it turns out, we don’t. In Iron Dawn, Richard Snow opens up the vast, enthralling world of politics, war, technology, maritime history, and human drama that lies just back of that momentous battle. Snow is a terrific writer. I can’t remember when I have had such sheer fun with a Civil War book. — S.C. Gwynne, New York Times bestselling author of Rebel Yell and Empire of the Summer Moon

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“By way of a great raft of sea-stories, each impeccably told and perfectly turned, Richard Snow has transformed the faraway and half-forgotten world of the Atlantic convoys into a narrative as touching and exciting as it is melancholy and memorable.  This is a valuable book: few better accounts have ever been crafted about this cruelest of wars, fought for year after year on the most imperturbably cruel of the world's great oceans.”

- Simon Winchester