McPhee, John. 1990. Looking for a Ship.
New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux. McPhee describes his journey
from South Carolina through the Panama Canal and along the
Pacific coast of South America aboard a U.S. flag merchant
ship. He relays stories about seafaring life, officers and
crew, ports of call, cargo, and modern day pirates. McPhee
discusses the state of the U.S. Merchant Marines, how international
competition and lowered cargo rates have led to a decline in
the U.S. institution.
Morris, Jan. 1969. The Great Port: A Passage Through
New York. New York: Oxford University Press.
Morris gives a tour of the physical, functional, and communal
dimensions of what was once the world's busiest port. Now
30 years old, this description of harbor, port, and port
cities is still an accurate description of the central
role of trade and marine transportation in the evolution
of the seaport.
Peniston, Bradley. 1999. Around the World with
the U.S. Navy: A Reporter's Travels. Annapolis,
MD: Naval Institute Press. Peniston provides an inside
look at the Navy's fleet and its operations in recent years.
This book is an excellent introduction to the Navy's hardware
and various missions around the globe, written by a reporter
who interviewed everyone from Admirals to deck hands.
**Special thanks to Marc Hershman, Professor at
the University of Washington’s School of Marine
Affairs (http://www.sma.washington.edu/ ),
for sharing a reading list from the SMA 500 course, from which
many of these books and summaries were drawn.
July 3, 2007
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