Annapolis

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From the days of pirate raids on the Chesapeake to swift-boat actions in Vietnam, the Staffords and their traditional rivals, the Parrishes, struggle with foreign enemies and each other to build a navy and a nation. They march across the deserts of Tripoli, sail into the South Seas to battle the British and dally with the native girls, fight aboard the Merrimac and the Monitor, fly into the battle of Midway, and look into the living faces of all four men on Mount Rushmore.

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Overview

From the days of pirate raids on the Chesapeake to swift-boat actions in Vietnam, the Staffords and their traditional rivals, the Parrishes, struggle with foreign enemies and each other to build a navy and a nation. They march across the deserts of Tripoli, sail into the South Seas to battle the British and dally with the native girls, fight aboard the Merrimac and the Monitor, fly into the battle of Midway, and look into the living faces of all four men on Mount Rushmore.

When Stafford descendant Susan Browne sets out to film a documentary about her famous ancestry, her work sweeps her into the past, to celebrate Stafford victories, mourn their losses, and confront their secrets. Annapolis is William Martin’s most ambitious novel, a tale of romance and courage, honor and patriotism, an ode to the men and women who have made the proud traditions of the United States Navy.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Martin is the maritime Michener, charting sweeping historical fictions centering on cities and lands by the sea: Back Bay (1979), Cape Cod (1991) and now America's foremost naval town. The primary protagonists of this multigenerational saga are the Staffords, whose story begins in the 1700s with the adventures at sea and war of the family patriarch, Jedediah. Rivaling the Staffords are the Parrishes, a contentious clan whose support for slavery causes a conflict that lasts for more than a century after Rebecca Parrish crosses the bloodlines of the two families. Martin follows his charges through the Navy's involvement in the American Revolution, the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, WW II, Vietnam and into the present. The contemporary conflict between the two families, traced in passages that separate the historical material, revolves around the efforts of filmmaker Susan Browne, a Parrish descendant, to create a PBS documentary about the Staffords. Martin's characters tend toward type, but his historical detail is impressive, peaking in scenes depicting relatively obscure events such as a struggle between several tribes in the Marquesa Islands, witnessed by Jason Stafford in 1813. A storyteller whose smoothness equals his ambition, Martin has written a panoramic entertainment that brings to vivid life the history of the American struggle to control the high seas. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club alternate selection; simultaneous Time Warner AudioBook; author tour. (June)
Library Journal
Martin, the author of the well-received Cape Cod (Warner, 1991), has justly been compared to James Michener thanks to his sweeping, lengthy historical novels. Here he follows two families. Each generation of Staffords has sent at least one son to sea since the days of the Revolutionary War; the Parrishes, on the wrong side of the war, lost their Annapolis house to the Staffords and are still trying to get it back. Now, a distant cousin seeks to make a documentary film about the Staffords, aided by a black sheep Stafford who has been writing the family history. That history is interspersed with present-day squabbling over the property. But the predominant story is of the naval battles that the Stafford men fought, from skirmishes with pirates in Tripoli to Midway Island to the Tonkin Gulf. Because of the technical detail and the gore, this novel may appeal predominantly to fans of military fiction. Recommended for historical and military fiction collections.-Marylaine Block, St. Ambrose Univ. Lib., Davenport, Ia.
Gilbert Taylor
Martin reworks the formula that made "Cape Cod" 1991 so popular: reflecting on U.S. history through a family narrative that spans two centuries. As the title connotes, the naval motif dominates the Stafford saga, which is structured around a meeting between novelist Jack Stafford and his cousin and filmmaker Susan Browne to dramatize the family history, now beset with controversy. Who will buy the dilapidated ancestral abode in Annapolis, quaintly called the Fine Folly? This low-tension question repeatedly weaves in and out of Jack's narrative about the place's establishment in the 1700s and the family's donation of one son every generation to the U.S. Navy. A Stafford fights in every epochal battle in the service's history, from the "Constitution" dismasting the "Guerriere", to the "Monitor" versus the "Merrimack", the "Maine", the Battle of Midway, the Gulf of Tonkin incident, and, finally, the Gulf War. In between, the Staffords also rub elbows with presidents, swing scimitars at Barbary corsairs, and seduce Polynesian queens. The backdrop for this expansive canvas of warfare and adventure--the homestead back in Annapolis--supplies the grist for domestic discord, as the disposition of the Fine Folly vexes each generation. On such legs the plot walks through the decades, ornamented by Martin's well-written battle scenes, perhaps his chief appeal to those with a taste for historical fiction, nautical division. Libraries can batten down the hatches for a storm of intense interest.
Kirkus Reviews
A big beach book is on the way with this sturdy, generation- spanning chronicle from Martin (Cape Cod, 1991, etc.), now telling the story of an archetypally American family bound to the US Navy and to its Maryland roots from colonial times to the present.

From the start, the Staffords (who arrived in the New World in 1634) went down to the sea in ships and did business in great waters. Settling in both the Patuxent River Valley (to raise tobacco) and Annapolis, the tidewater family prospered. After the US gained independence, scions of the clan were blooded in the nascent Navy's campaign against Barbary Coast pirates and in action against British ships of the line during the War of 1812. Midshipman Jason Stafford survived these close encounters (as well as an idyllic stopover in the South Pacific's Marquesas Islands) to achieve high rank. During the Civil War, his sons served on Union gunboats and on Confederate raiders. Their largely male descendants went on to play supporting roles in the Spanish-American War, the founding of the Naval Academy, the Battle of Midway, and other turning-point events that marked America's emergence as a dominant naval power. Staffords also fought valiantly in the riverine jungles of Vietnam and, flying carrier-based attack planes, in the unfriendly skies over the Persian Gulf. Martin's long story is artfully kept within comprehensible limits by the latter-day activities of a maverick Stafford, liberal journalist Jack, who's writing a painfully detailed account of his family's odyssey, and by a distant cousin assigned to produce a PBS-TV special on the family. Their colloquies and inquiries provide continuity and perspective in a narrative whose serial protagonists are steeped in the tradition of doing violence with honor.

A lively, engrossing saga that brings epic chapters of US history out of the archival hold into the bracing air of the quarterdeck.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765363602
  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Publication date: 3/30/2010
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 868
  • Sales rank: 502,176
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

WILLIAM MARTIN, The New York Times bestselling author of ten novels, is best known for his historical fiction, which has chronicled the lives of the great and the anonymous in American history while bringing to life legendary American locations, from Cape Cod to Annapolis to The City of Dreams.  His first novel, Back Bay, introduced Boston treasure hunter Peter Fallon, who is still tracking artifacts across the landscape of our national imagination.  Martin's subsequent novels, including Harvard Yard, Citizen Washington, and The Lost Constitution have established him, as a “storyteller whose smoothness matches his ambition.” (Publishers Weekly)  He has also written an award-winning PBS documentary and one of the cheesiest horror movies ever made. Nevertheless, he was the recipient of the 2005 New England Book Award, given to "an author whose body of work stands as a significant contribution to the culture of the region."  There are now over three million copies of his books in print.  He has three grown children and lives near Boston with his wife

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2010

    A GREAT READ! Set sail for excitement.

    If you've read any of Mr. Martin's other books, you'll see he's firing on all cylinders with ANNAPOLIS. ANNAPOLIS puts you front and center in the story of the United States Navy as seen by generations of a family dedicated to the sea. It takes you all the way from the Revolutionary War to the present age of nuclear-driven marvels like air craft carriers and modern submarines, hitting almost everything in between. The mixture of history brought to life and a gripping modern story will remind you of his Peter Fallon series (BACK BAY, CITY OF DREAMS) and CAPE COD, but this one has a scope greater than any of its predecessors - and that really says something! If you have any interest in American or Naval history, or if you are just looking to be transported through time on a thrilling adventure, this is the book for you. *Martin gets bonus points for the BEST use of sports equipment in anything I've ever seen or read. Give a read and find out for yourself ;-)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2013

    Zeyna to Ember

    I am here lol:) u allready know i live in Maryland.:)

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    Posted February 7, 2013

    Savannah to ember

    I live in maryland too want to be nook friends

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2010

    Unable to get into the book.

    I had to force myself to read the first hundred pages. The character's motivations seem silly and unbelievable. I can not recommend this book unless you are desparate and have no other printed matter to read. I would rather read a telephone book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2010

    Great Book!!!

    I loved this book. He has the writing style of James Michener, dealing with history and making it into a good novel. Nothing more can I say about this one. Read and enjoy.

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