Naval War College Review


In this beautifully produced, albeit very expensive volume, Steven Dick of the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C., has written the fascinating story of the origins and development of the Navy’s and the nation’s oldest scientific organization. It is a fascinating and well written story that ranges from the establishment of the observatory in 1830, as part of the Navy’s Depot of Charts and Instruments under Lieutenant Louis Goldsborough, to the sixteen and-a-half-year tenure of the longest- serving superintendent, Matthew Fontaine Maury, who led when it was first designated the National Observatory.