"An informative, complete accounting of a man who can be considered one of our nation's founding fathers."
--Pirates and Privateers: The History of Maritime Piracy
"Abraham Whipple is an overlooked and somewhat tragic naval hero, largely lost in the dusty history of the Continental Navy, but Cohen's stunning and seminal biography should go a long way in correcting this oversight."
"the life and times of a seaman in peace and war, a man who knew success and failure, a stout-hearted sailor and devoted patriot."
--The Northern Mariner/ Le marin du nord v. xx, no. 3
"Sheldon Cohen's biography of Captain Abraham Whipple is <…>a welcome literary tapestry, a vivid depiction of events woven together with threads of strong scholarship and attention to detail."
--The New England Quarterly, Vol. 83, No. 3
"Anyone who is interested in naval warfare during the American Revolution should have this volume on his bookshelf."
--The Journal of America's Military Past, vol. XXXVI no. 115
Despite Cohen's obvious respect for his subject, he does present a well-written and easy-to-understand book that brings to life an important figure in American history. The biography will prove useful to professional historians, college students and to a general audience. Spans the areas of military history, maritime history, and the American Revolution, and should be included in any course touching on early American history.
--International Journal of Maratime History, volume XXII, no 2
"Provides an excellent picture of life at sea and the conduct of naval operations in the mid-eighteenth century. A valuable read for students of the Revolutionary War or naval operations in the Age of Sail."
"Cohen knows Whipple better than anyone, and the biography was clearly a labor of love. Cohen meets his goal of rescuing Whipple from obscurity. He has produced what will be the definitive biography of the commodore."
--The Journal of the Early Republic
"The execellent research and strong narrative offered by Sheldon S. Cohen in past articles and books continues in his study of Commodore Abraham Whipple. A worthy addition to existing biographies of the men and women who purchased freedom for thirteen British colonies with their blood and treasures. Certainly, it fills an empty niche in the list of the early captains of the US Navy."
--Nautical Research Journal