John_JenningsJohn Edward Jennings (1906-1973) was an American historical novelist, author of many best-selling novels of American history and seagoing adventure. He also wrote several nonfiction books on history.

He was born in Brooklyn, New York and studied engineering and literature at Columbia University. He had his first experience of seafaring at age 19 as a hand aboard a tramp steamer in the Black Sea and eastern Mediterranean. In World War II he served as a lieutenant commander in the US Navy and was the head of the US Naval Aviation History Unit.

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  The Salem Frigate A romantic adventure set on the US frigate Essex
  The Sea Eagles About the early days of the US Navy 
  Rogue's Yarn A story of the Quasi-War 
  The Tall Ships A young Marylander joins the frigate Chesapeake 

AOS Naval Non Fiction

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  Tattered Ensign The Story of America's Most Famous Fighting Frigate, U.S.S. Constitution

AOS Other Nautical Fiction

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  Chronicle of the Calypso, Clipper The Maiden voyage of the clipper ship Calypso, as it races the Wolfhound round Cape Horn
  The Wind in His Fists An Irish farmboy sentenced to the galleys in Spain ends up a Barbary pirate

AOS Other Non Fiction

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  Clipper Ship Days The Golden Age of American Sailing Ships

Modern Era Naval Fiction

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WWI The Raider The story of the German light cruiser Emden

 

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