The Long Road to Annapolis: The Founding of the Naval Academy and the Emerging American Republic
William P. Leeman. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2010. 281 pp. Illus. Intro. Appen. Notes. Bib. Index. $39.95.
Reviewed by Jack Sweetman
At its inception the U.S. Navy adopted the traditional British approach to the development of midshipmen, which was simply to "catch 'em young" and send them to sea for on-the-job training.