Barons of the Sea
Classmate Grant Ujifusa's son Steven has written a new book published by Simon & Schuster entitled Barons of the Sea. If you have a subscription to the Wall Street Journal you can see a review of the book here (the review is paywalled for non-subscribers).
"Before the rise of the internet in the 1990s, the period of greatest technological innovation in the U.S. occurred during the first half of the 19th century. The railroad, the telegraph and the photograph conspired to shrink time and space in this era and, in the process, to knit together an increasingly far-flung people in the expanding nation. In “Barons of the Sea,” the nautical historian Steven Ujifusa chronicles another invention—the clipper ship—and the immense fortunes that both propelled and resulted from its development" (From the Wall Street Journal review.)
Barons of the Sea is currently a best seller on Amazon. You can order it from Amazon here.