New York: W. W. Norton & Co., (2006). First edition. A scarce book that is exceedingly so signed. This copy with BOOKPLATE SIGNED BY TOLL affixed to half-title page. The 2007 recipient of the Samuel Eliot Morison Award for Naval Literature and the William E. Colby Military Writers Award. "Toll, a former financial analyst and political speechwriter, makes an auspicious debut with this rousing, exhaustively researched history of the founding of the U.S. Navy." --Publisher's Weekly. Toll, who is a life-long sailor, was first inspired to research the "age of fighting sail" by Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin series of sea novels. During his research for SIX FRIGATES, he read hundreds of books on the subject and delved deeply into the early original documentary history of the Navy. But "...the book’s real value ... lies in Toll’s grasp of the human dimension of his subject, often obscured in the dry tomes of naval historians. The battle depictions are worthy of Patrick O’Brian (whose fictional hero, Jack Aubrey, he cleverly uses to illustrate a scene in the December 1812 shootout between the American frigate Constitution and the British frigate Java)." --Evan Thomas, New York Times. Fine in fine dust jacket with a touch of light rubbing to the rear flap fold.