There are times in every book reviewer's life where one does not meet a book on the terms needed for intimacy and fidelity.
The Lost Hero of Cape Cod: Captain Asa Eldridge and the Maritime Trade that Shaped America is perfect for fans of maritime history and those that love well researched and well-documented local history. Inset illustrations and photographs pepper the work, keeping the pace lively and entertaining.
And while there are some clumsy moments trying to keeping the family trees of the Eldridges and Halletts straight, Vincent Miles shows his passion and interest in the Captain, his achievements, and their affects of trade over the seas. Published by the Historical Society of Old Yarmouth, it is the tale of a local hero.
I grew up on Cape Cod. The streets and coasts journeyed by Captain Asa Eldridge were familiar to me. The lack of connection for me as a reader was the emphasis on the economic and political moments in history - I had hoped for a deeper narrative. No fault on the part of the writer, merely my misunderstanding as a reader.
Otherwise, I can recommend this book for those looking to venture further into maritime history.
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I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.