Our ""nautical reporter"", E. S. McCawley, writes:- ""A most complete and workmanlike job, premised on the inaccuracies of previous biographies of the 'father of the American navy' which, says this biographer, were distorted by an early sectarian flavor. Family records not previously available have been produced, and this doubtless is the true Barry -- and this a book to end all books on Barry. His ability and contacts led to his appointment to outfit the infant continental navy, and later to command a small ship. He lacked John Paul Jones' colorful personality, but none the less rose to be senior captain with courtesy title of commodore. Biography decidedly on the scholarly side, and lacks the fire to dramatize the man raphy decidedly on the scholarly side, and lacks the fire to dramatize the man which would give it a wider popular appeal. Market -- public libraries, the good old sea shelf, and those readers who like meticulously accurate biography.