Forget the Heinz ketchup commercial using Carly Simon’s waiting for Cat Stevens’ arrival for a date hit Anticipation. But if you’re old enough, remember it from 1971 and being on pins and needles for something big. Well, it was like that for me last week.
I knew a review on Maury was coming in Northern Mariner, published by the Canadian Nautical Research Society in association with the North American Society for Oceanic Hist…ory. For a book on oceanography and one of its pioneers, this was important notice.
When it arrived yesterday, I ripped the mailer off, scanned the index and raced to the page.
Historian Louis Arthur Norton’s review ends:
“I highly recommend John Grady’s biography of this naval genius [Matthew Fontaine Maury], southern gentleman, and occasional curmudgeon.”
You can read full review, starting on page 86: