This belongs, I suppose, in the Sporting Book section, but the material came in too late to include it there, so we are reporting it here. A book for the nautical shelf, and a rather specialized one. ""Fore-and-afters"" were first used in the fifth century B.C. but this book stresses the American versions rather than the historical aspects. From lateeners and luggers in early days to privateers and merchant ships, cargo schooners, Great Lakes sailing vessels, and modern yachts. Stories of actual ships, long descriptions, voyages, condensed logs -- incidental information for the addict, rather uninspired in the telling. Crowninshield's name carries weight in yachting circles, as leading yachtsman, shipbuilder, naval architect.