Maritime history isn't generally seen as any sort of exciting area of study, but Brian Lavery manages to write an engaging book on just that subject. He manages this by liberally using primary sources throughout the book, letting those who lived history speak for themselves. The use of pictures and maps is also well thought throughout, allowing the reader to better visualize seafaring through history. While this book isn't an exciting page turner of a story, it is an engrossing look at the way people have dealt with the ocean through history.
I would definitely recommend this book for anyone interested in the ocean and man's use of it throughout history. It may not be extremely scholarly, but that just makes it accessible to more readers. This book is a good example of history written for the general reading public, and that's not such a bad thing.