Historian and Archaeologist

Dr Sam Willis is a historian, archaeologist and broadcaster. He is one of the world's leading authorities on maritime and naval history. His writing is infused with his own experience and knowledge of seafaring. Sam is the author of numerous books on maritime and naval history including the bestselling Hearts of Oak Trilogy and the Fighting Ships Series.

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Latest Blog:

Pirates! (And Meteorites) for BBC Radio 4

So…what is the most interesting history book that you inherited? And which book would you leave behind you? Here I answer the question for Radio4′s History Show,┬áMaking History.


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