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Seahawk Burning

The Civil War, fought at sea

Naval history fans may already be familiar with Randall Peffer’s “Seahawk” series of books that novelize the real-life adventures of Capt. Raphael Semmes, a skilled seaman in the Confederate Navy whose ship, the CSS Alabama, burned and seized dozens of Union Navy ships during the Civil War.

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Hostage: A Year at Gunpoint with Somali Pirates

Cruising nightmare: abducted by pirates

On Oct. 23, 2009, Paul and Rachel Chandler were abducted at gunpoint from their 38-foot cruising sailboat off the Seychelles.

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Race France to France: Leave Antarctica to Starboard

A grueling account from a tough sailor

Rich Wilson is the second American sailor to finish the Vendee Globe, the non-stop solo race around the world.

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Waterway Guide Northern 2012

A seasoned tour guide on board

“Waterway Guide Northern 2012” (Dozier Media Group, $39.95 spiral-bound, 552 pages) is the updated cruising companion for boaters exploring the Atlantic coast from Cape May, N.J., to Maine, as well as the Hudson River, Long Island Sound and Cape Cod Bay.

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Striperman: Confessions & Secrets of a Commercial Pin-Hooker

A master anglercasts tales and tips

The tribe of striped bass anglers can be found all along the Atlantic coast, and those who know New Englander Sherwood Lincoln consider him to be among the best. “Striperman: Confessions & Secrets of a Commercial Pin-Hooker” (Shur-Bet, 2012, $19.95 paperback, 230 pages) is the story of his life chasing line-siders and the elusive 50-pounder.

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