AMERICAN VIKING by James Dugan

AMERICAN VIKING

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KIRKUS REVIEW

James Dugan, noted for his in and out of print explorations with the underwater Captain Consteau, now spins a shipshape for-boys-only saga of the late Hans Isbrandtsen, the pioneer of NY's Steamship Row, the immigrant prince of a marine empire, a craggy, colorful Dane, a Horatio Alger hewman. He fought the Departments of State, Defense and Commerce, saying ""when the devil wanted nothing to happen, he appointed a committee""; he challenged his colleagues, crushed cartels, wrote letters to the Times and the Trib. offered front-page adventures like the famed ill-fated voyage of the Flying Enterprise; he resurrected whaling, and with nary a nod to Melville, he called his hot-blooded house organ The ... a simon-pure capitalist, but never a simple simon, he traded with Red China and battled Chang's blockade; he even got married and fathered two sons. A swift, sympathetic, magazine styled close-up, out of which on occasion roars the true force of an extraordinary man.

Publisher: Harper & Row