This should be adopted by school systems in and around Portsmouth, New Hampshire frenziedly forthwith. Beyond that, the market for this well-written book seems negligible, although certain experiences in common will recommend the book to other pre-Revolutionary locales. The author is a noted biographer and makes the most of the rich anecdotal material turned up in what must have been a very careful course of research. The time span of the book goes from the discovery of Portsmouth, at the confluence of three rivers, by the young English sea captain Martin Pringle in 1603 to the town's visitation by that indefatigable traveler, George Washington, in 1789. Chapters between deal with the first settlers, the naming of the town, Indian relations, John Paul Jones in Portsmouth, and the Revolution.