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 www.yachtingmagazine.com/BestOf2011.

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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; www.harpercollins.com. Also on amazon.com:

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The Great Sea: A Human History of the Mediterranean by David Abulafia; 860 pages, Oxford University Press; www.oup.com/us/. Also on amazon.com:

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Voyage of the Rose City by John Moynihan; 256 pages, Spiegel & Grau; www.randomhouse.com/spiegelandgrau/. Also on amazon.com: