An addition to the Seaport Series -- and as such it should be read. Don't look for a nostalgic, glamorous picture of one of America's most exotic cities, for you will be disappointed, and perhaps a little angry. For Harold Sinclair, while understanding and appreciating New Orleans, does not see it through rose-colored spectacles. He appraises it first through its contradictory place as a great sea-port far from the sea; he shows how the physical aspects of the delta and bayou regions have effected the history and the social and industrial developments of the city. He traces its extraordinary history, its constantly changing allegiances, its blend of French traditions and Spanish architecture, its legends and traditions, its heyday and low day of vice, its intangible fascination and atmosphere. New Orleans wont like it -- that is old New Orleans wont like it. But it contributes something that probably is needed to offset the more enticing pictures of this city. I missed the allure, the intangible mystery -- but I learned a lot of facts. And no book about New Orleans could be dull.