The fourth of the Seaport Series is a sound contribution to this record of the harbors of America, but somehow not as dramatic, nor as colorful as the three that proceeded it. It is a sure seller in the local market, for Baltimoreans and Marylanders have intense local pride (even though they may fight within the family). The editor of that gospel of the people, the Baltimore Sun, has told the story of this one of the major havens. From its start, early booms, shipbuilding, privateering, piracy, slavery, urbanization, wars, fire, rebirth, this is a picture of the business bustle, even in the early dramatic days, rather than social history. Flour, tobacco, railroads, industrialization, all helped mold more in events than in men. He gives a feeling of the rollicking vitality in the early chapters of its history. And he defines it today as ""leisurely, urban not sophisticated, prosperous but not harassed"".