Thursday, June 02, 2016

Review--Navy Maverick: Uriah Phillips Levy

Navy Maverick: Uriah Philips LevyNavy Maverick: Uriah Philips Levy by Donovan Fitzpatrick
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was doing some research and Commodore Levy's name popped up. I knew the general outlines of his story and as a youngster and adult read Juvenile biographies, but this was, naturally, far more comprehensive. Levy was a fascinating character, and his legacy of fighting anti-Semitism in the US Navy, ending flogging, and saving Monticello lives on.

I would have rated it higher, but I didn't find it as engrossing as other biographies I've read. It wasn't the subject matter but the writing I fault. However, the book is a valuable addition for any writer dealing with naval matters during the early 19th c.

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