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The quest for the coveted Cup

Any avid fan of competitive sailing will enjoy "America's Cup: Trials and Triumphs" ($19.99, The History Press, 2010) by Richard V. Simpson, which gives a concise history of the international struggles for possession of the most coveted prize in the sailing world.

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The book not only tells the history of the races, but also the evolution in hull and sail design for the competing yachts. The softcover book features black-and-white photos of the vessels and the sailors behind their success or downfall, as well as a gallery of challengers, defenders and contenders through the years. The book also includes a list of useful nautical terminology, sailing techniques and maneuvers.

Simpson grew up in Cranston, R.I., and now lives in Bristol. This is his 16th published title and the third about America's Cup yachts. He is also contributing editor for Antiques and Collecting Magazine. For information, visit