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Review Makes My Month


The review of my book in the Virginia Historical Society’s “Virginia Magazine of History and Biography” made my, forget day, try at least a month.

“John Grady’s exhaustively researched biography Matthew Fontaine Maury, Father of Oceanography, offers an analysis that carefully engages the complexities of Maury’s public and private life. …Grady excels at tracing and explaining naval and his scientific contributions to oceanography and military technology.”

In summing up, the reviewer wrote, “Matthew Fontaine Maury, Father of Oceanography is a welcome and significant contribution to scholarly work on Maury’s life. …Throughout Grady illustrates why Maury is remembered as the ‘father of oceanography’ while at the same time paying careful attention to the political, social, and economic contexts of that legacy.”

Matthew Mace Barbee

Virginia Magazine of History and Biography

Vol. 123, No. 3

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