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Remembering America’s heroes

The U.S. Coast Guard is on the verge of celebrating its 220th anniversary.

You can commemorate the milestone with “Rescue Warriors: The U.S. Coast Guard, America’s Forgotten Heroes” ($25.95, St. Martin’s Press, 2009) based on the experiences of David Helvarg.



“Chris-Craft Boats”

Guide to Chris-Craft

Chris-Craft boat lovers are sure to delve into Anthony Mollica and Jack Savage’s “Chris-Craft Boats” ($27.50, Voyageur Press, 2009) the new paperback version of the 2001 book.



The Frigate Surprise

Surprise tells about its novel history

This coffee-table book is well-suited for fans of Patrick O’Brian’s novels. Oversized and featuring historical paintings and photos, “The Frigate Surprise” ($39.95, W. W. Norton & Company, May 2009) reveals the historical, as well as the fictional, roles of the HMS Surprise from voyage to mutiny.



Terror on the Seas: True Tales of Modern Pirates

Tales of piracy in the 21st century

Daniel Sekulich’s newest compilation of true stories, “Terror on the Seas: True Tales of Modern Pirates” ($24.95, St. Martin’s Press, May 2009) proves that piracy is more than romanticized tales from the past.



Handbook of Offshore Cruising

Offshore cruising for the next generation

First published in 1994, “Handbook of Offshore Cruising” by Jim Howard is back with its second edition (April 2009, $29.95, Sheridan House).



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