This book does what it says on the tin: give a short history of seafaring. It's broken down into age, such as:
- The first ocean sailors
- The age of exploration
and then within each section are a couple of pages of topics within that age, such as (for the first):
- Exploring the Pacific
- Seafaring in the Mediterranean
I'd be surprised if you know all about all these topics - I certainly learnt a lot. The bite sized approach means its a good book to dip into and put down. Sometimes it was frustrating that the page limit per topic resulted in missed details or limited the description to that from a single observer. Also, the maps / charts for each ocean were slotted into specific ages but contained events from all ages which was a bit distracting.
But overall enjoyed it and would be happy to recommend it.