Evan Mawdsley is a historian and was formerly professor of international history at Glasgow University. He is the author of World War II: A New History and a Sunday Telegraph Book of the Year, December 1941.
The great strength of The War for the Seas is the way in which Mawdsley, a former professor of international history at Glasgow University, treats his subject as an interconnected global story [. . .] This innovative, well-written single-volume account will be invaluable for all who study the Second World War. -Ben Wilson, The Times An impeccable, myth-busting study -Max Hastings, The Sunday Times This is a bold and authoritative maritime history of World War II which takes a fully international perspective and challenges our existing understanding [. . .] This is a detailed account of a very wide subject but the author has achieved a comprehensive history of these war year at sea -Shipping An essential contribution to understanding how command of the sea was won and with what consequences. Rich in detail on the tactics and technology that mattered, and on the roller-coaster campaigns in the Atlantic and Pacific theatres, Mawdsley provides the first full, integrated account of a truly global dimension to the war. -Richard Overy, author of The Bombing War: Europe, 1939-1945 The beautifully crafted and deeply research maritime history of WWII that we have always needed. Few books deserve to be called 'definitive' - this is one of them. -Joseph Maiolo, author of Cry Havoc: How the Arms Race Drove the World to War 1931-1941 Will be prized for its concision, clarity and sound judgement, all backed by impeccable scholarship.'-Simon Ball, The Bitter Sea: The Struggle for Mastery in the Mediterranean, 1935-1949 This powerfully argued re-appraisal establishes Command of the Sea as the critical issue that shaped and defined the Second World War. By securing control of the Atlantic, the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean the Allies were able to operate together, including supplying the Soviet Union with essential aid. The same Command of the Sea kept the Axis powers apart, and they were defeated in detail by globally deployable air and land forces. -Andrew Lambert, author of The Challenge: Britain Against America in the Naval War of 1812