The story of Annapolis, written not for the eyes of the navy, and loyal graduates, but for everybody, whether boys who are hoping for an appointment, or the man in the street who would know more about how our navy is trained. This is the biography of the Academy, going back to the days when there were midshipmen before there was a school. Analysis of its purpose, its theory and practice, its curriculum, social life, sports, clubs. Stories of old naval men. The Academy and the Navy today. Nothing here -- even implicitly -- of criticism. Friendly, sometimes nostalgic, record.