This is the most thoroughly comprehensive study that has been done of the fringe of islands characteristic of the long off-shore coastline of Maine. For the general reader, for the collectors of Americana, above all for the genealogist, this is a much more entertaining book than Samuel Morison's The Story of Mt. Desert, Maine (Little, Brown-AMC- reviewed above). The reader ""island hops"" from the Isles of Shoals that cluster off Portsmouth at the state line, to St. Croix, first discovered and occupied by De Monts and Champlain, who founded there the French Colony of Acadia in 1604. The beginnings of Maine were written in the islands, and their story goes back to the Indians, who first used them for summering settlements, for fishing, for growing of crops. The Indians felt the whites were encroaching- and the early years, through the French and Indian wars, were written in blood. But the whites still came, and their stories- rooted in fact and often overlaid with legend, make fascinating reading as a record of the beginnings of our nation. Island by island, grouped as they are in the great bays- Casco Bay, Penobscot Bay, etc., are recorded here, in a loving record based on minutely detailed research of primary sources. The audience for Maine books seems to go well beyond those to whom Maine is familiar, and this belongs in any area of books on early New England.