LIGHTHOUSES OF AMERICA by Mina Lewiton

LIGHTHOUSES OF AMERICA

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KIRKUS REVIEW

It seems significant to note that the extensive bibliography at the end of this book fails to include two fairly recent, widely available adult books on the same subject -- Adamson's Keepers of the Lights (Chilton, 1955) and Snow's Famous Lighthouses of America (Dodd, Mead, 1955). What each book had in common (something Miss Lewiton's book does not share) was the ability to present facts about lighthouse construction and management within the framework of a series of well told stories. Miss Lewiton, who is a talented storyteller (see That Bad Carlos 1964, p. 294, J-92) has chosen instead to present the dates, measurements and building materials of fifty American lighthouses to be found on the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts as well as the Great Lakes. The recitation of statistics is occasionally interrupted by excerpts from contemporary accounts of lighthouse rescues or disasters. Thus, the book reads like a long laundry list inventory with the occasional diversion of finding a stranger's sock. The facts about lighthouse equipment from the 17th Century to the projected use of nuclear buoys is accurate and brief but the cumulative effect is dull.

Pub Date: May 28th, 1964
Publisher: Criterion