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"Well worth placing on the reference shelf for the individual documents that it contains".
"Important and compelling documents that cover a wide range of topics in maritime history all together in these two books."
"A fine set of document volumes for the study of American maritime history."
"Smith has produced a set of document volumes for the study of American maritime history."
"An excellent collection of primary documents."
--International Journal of Maritime History
"The two volumes will assuredly be a asset to the syllabus of any history course, bringing to life American military, social, political and intellectual developments in a maritime setting."
--Nautical Research Journal, Vol. 53, Issue 3
"A most comprehensive, illuminating, and instructive compilation while originally produced as text books, they have far wider appeal than that. They can be genuinely be read purely for pleasure."
--Ships and Shipping, December issue