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Captain Hogan: Seaman, Merchant, Diplomat on Six Continents
by Michael H. Styles
Publisher: Six Continent Horizons 2003
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The true story of Michael Hogan an adventurous "seaman, merchant and diplomat" who traveled the world's oceans and lived on six continents during the late 18th and early 19th centuries, set in the rich historical context of the times encompassing Ireland, Britain, India, China, New South Wales, Cape of Good Hope, United States and Chile.

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Far More Than a Biography - July 7th, 2004
When Captain Michael Hogan arrived in New York in 1804 at the age of 38, he took the city by storm with his wealth and his tales of adventure. His career had already brought him from 15-year-old sailor in the British Navy to privateer and owner of merchant ships that traveled the world. It is hard to imagine a life more varied or more potentially dangerous than his had already been, yet in New York he found further fame and fortune. The author details his many business deals, his pursuit of the good life, his contacts with well-known figures in American history. Here is a complex man who wangled lucrative and sometimes-questionable deals, participated in the slave trade, became a land speculator, but also served as a vestryman and was considered a pillar of New York society. The author presents excellent historical background for each stage of Hogan's life, giving the reader new insights into the world of his time. Thanks to the huge amount of research evidenced in this book, it is far more than a biography of one fascinating man. The excellent and extensive Notes at the back of the book will interest those wanting more details on this period of history. Marjorie White, Chapel Hill, NC

Capt. Hogan: A New York winner. - July 6th, 2004
Captain Michael Hogan was a dashing and romantic figure who arrived in New York City with family, servants, and a rumored fortune in gold at the dawn of the 19th Century. The author provides a rich and lively narrative about Hogan and about the social and economic life of the city. Captain Hogan rises rapidly near the top of the social order by virtue of his exploits as a sea captain and by virtue of his commercial success as an international trader. This work shows the energy and vitality of the shipping trade in the early years of the nationís history and provides insight into the bright future of New York as a trading center and the nationís premier port city. This is a work of history that is crisp and readable. Styles demonstrates again that good history can be entertaining as well as informative. This is good history, well researched and well written. Allen J. Montecino, Jr., Learning in Retirement Institute, George Mason University

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