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This epic tale of maritime adventure in defense of a beloved homeland and righteous but doomed cause, all of it a true story, is my favorite book of all time. Raphael Semmes is the gentleman pirate extraordinaire, but his razor-sharp intelligence shows through also. He actually at one point predicts Chinese dominance of world manufacturing over a century before that actually happened. If you love reading, pick up this book! Just keep either a map with longitude and latitudes or an equivalent long/lat lookup website nearby.