To many who know Bar Harbor only by hearsay, it is a summer resort for the idle rich,- the very idle and the very rich. Actually, it is much more than just a famous resort, it is a unique New England town whose history dates back to the early 17th, possibly even the late 16th century. In 1604 the indefatigable Champlain sailed into Frenchman's Bay, one of the beauty spots of the world around which the town of Bar Harbor was built. About 250 years later, ""summer people"" discovered it. What happened in between and what happened since is told in The Story of Bar Harbor. The story closes with the great fire and its aftermath, which- in 1947- came near to making Mount Desert live up to its name. For summer visitors, both residents and transients, the book will have definite appeal. Some of the year-round residents, descendants in many instances, of early settlers, will claim it as their own. But we question its appeal to those who do not know the place. The writing is for the most part pedestrian. It would seem as though the author had missed the opportunity to make more vivid use of some of the interesting incidents he touches on. And there are some what seem inexcusable mistakes (let's hope they are caught in the proof). Local sale- and nostalgic sale largely.