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Well-loved and greatly respected anchorman Walter Cronkite, now retired, invites any and all to embark with him as he travels all around America's magnificent coastline, savoring the natural wonders and relating tidbits of local history along the way. Readers couldn't ask for a better host.
Cronkite's initial journey, in his powered sailboat, the Wyntje, takes the reader along the country's Northeast shoreline, starting at picturesque Victorian-style Cape May, with its "painted ladies," at the southern tip of New Jersey. Heading north, he sails through New York Harbor, just managing to avoid an embarrassing collision with a 19th-century merchantman, the Wavertree. From there, the Wyntje continues around Long Island and up past Connecticut, Newport, Rhode Island, and Cape Cod (where he nearly runs aground), to an eventual encounter with the somewhat eccentric lobstermen of Maine.
The southeastern leg of the journey takes Cronkite all the way from a dock in North Carolina to Florida's Key West. Along the way, there are stopovers in Maryland's Chesapeake Bay (where he takes in the annual race of "skipjack" oyster boats), Norfolk, Virginia, and Roanoke Island (with its infamous "Lost Colony" mystery).
The Gulf Coast is next on the itinerary, as the Wyntje journeys from Florida's Everglades to the barrier beaches of Texas. Cronkite happily relates a great deal of local history as he passes along the coastline of Louisiana, including that of the Battle of New Orleans and the adventures of the pirate Jean Lafitte.
Finally, the anchorman caps his national excursion by sailing southward from Washington's Cape Flattery all the way down the Oregon and California coasts, passing through the harbors of San Francisco, Los Angeles (actually man-made), and San Diego.
All aboard for a wonderful trip -- and a great read. (Nicholas Sinisi)
Nicholas Sinisi is the Barnes&Noble.com Nonfiction Editor.