From the profusion of books about Confederate blockade running, this one will stand out for a long time as the most complete and exhaustively researched. Though not unaware of the romantic aspects of his subject, Wise sets out to provide a detailed study, giving particular attention to the blockade runners' effects on the Confederate war effort. It was, he finds, tapping hitherto unused sources, absolutely essential, affording the South a virtual lifeline of military necessities until the war's last days. This book covers it all: from cargoes to ship outfitting, from individuals and companies to financing at both ends. An indispensable addition to Civil War literature. Thomas E. Schott, Office of History, Engineering Installation Div., Tinker AFB, Okla.
Wise (U.of S. Carolina) explains how cargoes were obtained; how they were brought in; where they were landed and how they aided the Confederate war effort. He describes companies and individuals that developed blockade running into the supply system of the Confederacy and thus sustained its military forces. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)