Decatur's Bold and Daring Act

Decatur's Bold and Daring Act

The Philadelphia in Tripoli 1804

By Mark Lardas; Steve Noon (Illustrator); Donato Spedaliere (Illustrator)

Osprey Publishing (UK), Paperback, 9781849083744, 80pp.

Publication Date: July 19, 2011


Hortatio Nelson, himself one of naval history's boldest actors, called the burning of the frigate Philadelphia by the United States Navy in 1804 "the most bold and daring act of the age." It is one of the classic examples of a naval raid, a cutting-out action intended to deprive the enemy of a ship. It made Stephen Decatur a household name, both in Europe and the United States.

This Raid title describes the mission to retake the Philadelphia, providing the necessary background to understand the raid and following Decatur and his party on a minute-by-minute account as he approached, took, and burned the Philadelphia. It is a worthy supplement to Osprey's other books about the Federal Navy, making it of interest to both serious collectors and new readers.

About the Author
Mark Lardas is the author of numerous books on maritime and Texas history. A longtime resident of Texas, he has maintained an interest in the Texas maritime history, including shipwrecks. With generous assistance from and in cooperation with the Institute of Nautical Archeology at Texas A&M University, and numerous museums throughout the state of Texas, he has pulled together a fascinating collection of images to illustrate Texas's maritime history as seen from its shipwrecks from Cabeza de Vaca's first shipwreck in 1528 through the 21st century.

Steve Noon was born in Kent, UK, and attended art college in Cornwall. He's had a life-long passion for illustration, and since 1985 has worked as a professional artist. He has provided award-winning illustrations for the publishers Dorling Kindersley, where his interest in historical illustration began. Steve has illustrated over 30 books for Osprey.

Donato Spedaliere was born in 1967 in Lausanne, Switzerland, and moved to Tuscany at the age of 10, where he still lives. Having studied at the Instituto Nazionale di Belle Arti in Florence he served in the Italian Army as a paratrooper.

Praise For Decatur's Bold and Daring Act

"Even if you’ve researched the life and times of this American hero, this book will bring the story to life with its accurate illustrations and diagrams of the battle and the players."

"[The raid] reads like a movie and author Mark Lardas has done a superlative job of telling the tale. This is all enhanced by superb artwork, both modern and period to help drive home how truly fortunate Decatur was during the raid. It makes for a gripping tale that I am sure everyone who starts to read the book will find so engrossing as to be difficult to put down." - Scott Van Aken, Modelling Madness