The development of the United States Coast Guard from its inception under Alexander Hamilton to its vital peacetime work today is traced as a group of separate historical adventure tales, and comprises a comprehensive well-written saga. The 19th century was witness to the most dramatic deeds of the Coast Guard. It saw the effective attack against smuggling and pirating, the suppression of the Seminole uprising, the aid given in the Mexican and Civil Wars. Here are the stories of the Lane, the Hudson, the McCulloch, the Bear. Whether fighting German U boats, rescuing stranded victims from the Aleutian Islands, or researching weather, the Coast Guard has earned an important place in American history. Unlike the Irving book reviewed on P. 798 which will appeal to a limited audience, this should find readers among all who enjoy vivid history.