Launched on 7 September 1942 at the Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard in Baltimore, the Brown was one of over 2700 Liberty ships built between 1941 and 1945 under the Maritime Commission's emergency shipbuilding program. To clarify the importance of this ship's achievements, the author locates the Brown in the broad context of the war and in the specific contexts of her various assignments. He not only discusses her adventures in various convoys but analyzes convoy organization and operation, adding both to what is known about the essential role of the Merchant Marine and how the Navy protected it.
The book is based on logs, official documents, and reports in the National Archives, on the collection of unpublished Navy administrative histories in the Navy Department library, and on diaries, letters, and recollections of men who sailed on the Brown. The insights derived from the author's interviews and correspondence with a number of the Brown's wartime Merchant and Navy Armed Guard crew members add a personal dimension to the narrative. Twenty-five photographs and two maps supplement the text.