"Highly instructive for Guardians of today and particularly relevant for those who ply Alaskan waters or protect the states vast coastline. A thoroughly researched effort. It is high time for today's modern guardians, the Healy family, and the nation to embrace Captain Healy as the complex, heroic, and enduring figure that he is."
--USCG: Commandant's Corner - Journal
"This is the rare biography that encompasses both sea adventure and the height of human achievement against all odds."
--United States Navy Memorial
"An extraordinary tale of a nautical prodigy. Enthusiastically recommended to lay readers, naval historians, and public library collections."
--The Midwest Book Review
"There are a number of reasons to read this engrossing and well-written book. It can be read simply as a tale of Artic adventure, and even more as a story of one family's mostly successful attempt to free themselves from the constraints of draconian racial laws. Finally, it is also the story of a man who, if he really achieved heroic status, did so not only because of the physical hardships he endured, but also because of the tremendous psychological burden that he had to overcome to succeed in his chosen career."
--International Journal of Maritime History
"Thoroughly researched and annotated and is likely to remain the definitive biography of Healy and his siblings."
--Naval History Magazine