A great book about the establishment of the U.S. Navy. Covers some of the more famous battles and some not so famous. Does use many nautical terms but for me, a formal Navy guy, I was right at home.
Not only does it cover the frigates, their captains and crew; it also goes into a small history lesson since there was some back-and-forth on the subject of even having a formal navy since Britain was "THE" Super Power.
This book is perfectly safe for someone 12 Years or older (although nautical words COULD be a hindrance). Describes death from cannon balls, grape shot, and muskets.
Paperback: 592 pages
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (March 17, 2008)