Sir Francis Drake Author:John Sugen Unabriged Narration by Ian Stuart — 14 cassettes — 19.5 hours long — Back Cover: — During the 16th century, trade and exploration made the command of the seas increasingly important to the nations of Europe. That England would eventually emerge as the world's greatest maritime power is due in no small part to the efforts and talents of one remarkabl... more »e man: Sir Francis Drake.
Pirate, explorer, warrior and navigator, Drake was the most admired man of his day. Amazing feats of seamanship, such as circumnavigation of the world, made him a legend in every country in Europe. But he was also feared and hated, especially by the Spanish, who lost 500 ships to Drake's piracy. Spain also suffered its greatest military defeat--the destruction of its 130-ship Armada in 1588--at the hands of the English captain.
In John Sugden's biography, all off the excitement of Drake's exploitats at sea come to life. But Sugden also details Drake's life ashore as politician and businessman, giving us a glimpse of both the man, as well as the turbulent period in which he lived.
From Publishers Weekly
Circumnavigator of the globe, naval nemesis of Philip II of Spain, Sir Francis Drake (1543?-1596) personified England's coming-of-age as a sea power. In this long-overdue biography (there has been no major treatment of Drake in memory), Sugden ( Tecumseh's Last Stand ) incorporates into his lively narrative fresh information about Drake's family, his slave-trading expeditions to the West Indies, his command of English sea forces against Ireland, his hit-and-run raids on the Spanish main and his leading role in the defeat of the Armada. The book includes a gripping account of Drake's 1577-1580 voyage around the world and his audacious challenge to the Spanish (the author points out that King Philip's naval resources were roughly six times those of Elizabethan England), culminating in his preemptive strike at Cadiz in 1587 and his decisive action against the Armada in the English Channel a year later. Drake's nonmaritime deeds receive equal treatment in these pages: as vigorous social climber, businessman and parliamentarian. No armchair admiral will want to miss this one.« less