In Peace and War: A History of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point
Jeffrey L. Cruikshank and Chloe G. Kline. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2008. 523 pp. Illus. Notes. Bib. Index. $35.
The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) was founded in 1937. One of five federal academies, it has trained more than 20,000 mariners in peace and war. But in spite of its success, the current superintendent, Vice Admiral (and former Marine Corps Major General) Joseph Stewart remarks that, by the mid-1990s, "budget cutters in Washington" were proposing that the school be closed.
The chapter "Planting the Seeds" underscores the importance of merchant ships to American independence and traces the difficult steps leading to the establishment of the Merchant Marine Academy. "Conceived In Peace: 1937-1941" describes the mind-boggling political dealings that finally resulted in creation of the school and the U.S. Maritime Service.