Commander Martin is the author of six books on naval history, including the highly acclaimed A Most Fortunate Ship: A Narrative History of "Old Ironsides" (Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, rev. ed., 1997). He has been a contributor to the U.S. Naval Institute's Proceedings for nearly 40 years, and to Naval History for more than a decade. His popular column"Salty Talk" has appeared in Naval History since 1993. He lives in North Carolina.