He is the recipient of perhaps the highest praise a maritime writer can receive: Patrick O'Brian called him "A master of his period and of the English language."
From his Writers Read entry:
I'm just launching into writing a new book on the Battle of Yorktown and the naval battle that preceded it, so I suspect much of my reading will be directed in that effort. One book I'll be revisiting for that is Piers Mackesy's terrific The War for America. Not what you would call a page-turner, but a brilliant and insightful work.[read on]Learn more about James L. Nelson and his work at his website.
Writers Read: James L. Nelson.