Best of 2011: Nautical Reads

Here are our picks for some of the best nautical reads of 2011. For more of our Best Of 2011, visit


Holy War: How Vasco da Gama's Epic Voyages Turned the Tide in a Centuries-Old Clash of Civilizations by Nigel Cliff; 560 pages, Harper; Also on


The Great Sea: A Human History of the Mediterranean by David Abulafia; 860 pages, Oxford University Press; Also on


Voyage of the Rose City by John Moynihan; 256 pages, Spiegel & Grau; Also on