Last Flag Down: The Epic Journey of the Last Confederate Warship

Ron Powers, Author, John Baldwin, Author Crown Publishing Group (NY) $25.95 (368p) ISBN 978-0-307-23655-5
Thriller writer Baldwin (The Eleventh Plague et al.) joins forces with the prolific Powers (coauthor ofFlags of Our Fathers et al.) to come up with a fast-reading Civil War true adventure saga centered a on young CSA navy lieutenant. The 24-year-old Conway Whittle, an ancestor of Baldwin's, was assigned as first lieutenant and executive officer on the Confederate raiderShenandoah late in the war. The ship sailed from London disguised as a merchant vessel and underwent a memorable cruise round the globe, attacking and destroying Yankee merchant ships and whalers. Whittle and company kept up their daring sea raids until August of 1865, when they learned that the war had ended five months earlier. The ship returned to England, having flown the last Confederate flag at sea in defiance of the U.S. Baldwin and Powers recount their tale in a lively, evocative style and may be forgiven for being overly fond of their hero. Whittle, they say, ""was as good a man as history seems able to produce: a warrior of courage inconceivable to most people; a naval officer of surpassing calm and intelligence; a seeker after Christian redemption; a steadfast lover; a student of human nature; a gentle soul; a custodian of virtue.""(May)
Reviewed on: 04/30/2007
Release date: 05/01/2007
Genre: Nonfiction
Hardcover - 352 pages
Downloadable Audio - 1 pages - 978-1-4159-3856-0
Open Ebook - 260 pages - 978-0-307-39424-8
Paperback - 354 pages - 978-0-307-23656-2
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