Professor Michael Lewis book list


A short biography and bibliography on the NAVAL RECORDS SOCIETY's site


Michael Lewis -
"England's Sea Officers: The Story of the Naval Profession"

Michael Lewis -
"The Navy of Britain"

Michael Lewis -
"The Navy of Britain"
1949 second impression

Michael Lewis -
"The History of the British Navy"
First published in PB 1957: This hard back edition 1959

Michael Lewis -
"A Social History of the Navy 1793 - 1815"

Michael Lewis -
"Napoleon and his British Captives"

Michael Lewis -
"The Navy in Transition 1814 - 1864"

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The officers of the 'Silent Service', as a body, have hitherto had no biographer: but they have found one now in the Professor of History at Greenwich, the University of the Navy. England's Sea-Officers is the story of the Naval Profession, its origins, and its growth from earliest times to the present day.
The Navy of Britain - Michael Lewis: Here is set out for them the story of this great national heritage which, more than any one other, has changed their little island into a World Empire, and saved it, without fail or fuss, from every tyrant who has threatened it from the days of Philip of Spain to those of Hitler.
The History of the British Navy - Michael Lewis: Professor Lewis puts the Royal Navy into its true perspective in history in general and sea-history in particular. He shows its origin in the Crown's personal sea-force, still blended with, and largely reliant upon, the Country's total sea-force, and relates how it emerged as the principal fighting element in her sea-strength: principal, but not only, fighting element, because the natural reserves of the Royal Navy are, and always have been, an integral part of the whole Navy.
A SOCIAL HISTORY OF THE NAVY 1793-1815 - Michael Lewis; It examines their parentage and home backgrounds, both social and geographical; how they were entered and recruited; how they were promoted—or not, if they were not fortunate enough to enjoy `Interest'; how they were housed and fed on board, from the lordly Captain to the humblest Boy; how they were rewarded—their pay, allowances, prize-money and other possible emoluments; and, finally, the price they paid for saving Britain —their losses by enemy action, accident and disease.
Napoleon and his British Captives - Michael Lewis: Napoleon—more, probably, than any other one man—was the creator of modern total war; and in this book he is seen creating one important side of it that which concerns war-captives. In point of sheer numbers, the Royal Navy, the Merchant Navy and, in a rather lesser degree, the Army were the principal sufferers, so that, in one respect, the book is a study in naval, maritime and military history.
The Navy in Transition: a social history 1814-1864 - Michael Lewis; Its facts, and the anecdotes which illuminate those facts, are drawn from contemporary documents, ranging from Navy Lists and Admiralty Orders to the journals and recollections of the men concerned; the illustrations of ships and men are contemporary too.

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