William Martin. New York, NY: Warner Books, 1996. 685 pp. $24.95 ($22.45) hardcover, $7.99 paper.
Reviewed by Vice Admiral Alexander J. Krekich, U.S. Navy
William Martin, a Boston native and Harvard graduate, learned to love the Navy at an early, elementary-school age. After a cold winter visit to the Constitution at the former Charleston Navy Yard in Boston, a fuse was lit within the youngster. It ignited his interest in our country's maritime history, from pre-Revolutionary pirate days to the campaign against Iraq during Operation Desert Storm. The book's title becomes a reminder of how much of our country's splendid heritage belongs to the beautiful city known to generations of Naval Academy graduates as "Crabtown on the Bay." Martin takes us on a 250-year journey through time. You will appreciate Martin's detailed research and efforts to remain as true to historical facts as possible in this novel.