Annapolis, City on the Severn: A History 1st Edition

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Even casual readers will find this new book hard to put down.

(Earl Kelly HometownAnnapolis.com)

A detailed narrative.

(Scitech Book News)

Critics are hailing Jane Wilson McWilliams for her masterful history of Annapolis―a carefully researched, well illustrated, and beautifully written account of Maryland's state capital.

(John Lang Washington College Magazine)

Jane McWilliams has created a landmark work of scholarship, a comprehensive, interesting and very readable work destined to enlighten generations to come.

(Hampton 'Skip' Auld Bay Weekly)

McWilliams has delivered this history evenly and concisely, but also in a style that is quite entertaining.

(Ray Langston Anne Arundel County Public Library Happenings!)

About the Author

Jane Wilson McWilliams is an independent researcher, editor, writer, and lecturer. She lives in Annapolis, Maryland.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press; 1 edition (May 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801896592
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801896590
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 8.5 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,020,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Antero's A. on May 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Jane Wilson McWilliams has achieved a rare feat for what ordinarily would be a local history but is likely to have much broader appeal because its subject is the Maryland state capital and home of the U.S.Naval Academy: She has written a book that is as useful for locals as it is for outsiders. Whether it's the existence of those huge Academy radio transmitter towers that greet the mariner or city/county politics in the midst of the post-World War II expansion, she tells the story with grace and detail. Hers also is an inclusive book that weaves in the history of black Annapolis. She says she only followed the objective of the first Annapolis historian, Elihu Riley (The Ancient City, 1887): "To gather the rays of light from their varied sources and to form them into one prism of information."
In addition to McWilliams's writing, the book contains a lot of previously unpublished historical pictures, many striking and some in color. The book, a copublication with the Maryland Historical Trust Press, also is a feather in the cap of Johns Hopkins University Press, which lately has been accused of judging its publication list by salability rather than heft. In terms of Maryland history, this book should be welcomed with the same enthusiasm that greeted Sherry Olson's Baltimore: The Building of an American City, also by Johns Hopkins, three decades ago.
This is local history at its best -- readable but also a basic reference book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Carol Patterson on July 19, 2011
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Antero Pietela's review of this excellent book is right on the mark! Jane McWilliams' long-awaited history of Annapolis is indeed superb in every respect-- a history-lover's history written by a masterful historian and writer-- carefully researched and documented, well-illustrated, beautifully written in clear, elegant, flowing prose! Detailed facts, events and personalities are presented with inciteful analyses, wit and humor, enhancing the time-traveling reader's enjoyment throughout. As literary history Annapolis, City on the Severn is hard to put down; for trustworthy research information it is invaluable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. A. Sellman on January 9, 2012
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This is a fantastic book of Annapolis, MD. I purchased it for my husband (who had decided that he would write an Annapolis history book when he retired since he couldn't find one when we moved here 6 years ago). Within hours of opening this present, he started reading it - and pretty much read throughout his Christmas holiday. I met the author - wonderful person as well as great author - and she even signed it for my husband. Her writing syle makes you feel like she knew all these people personally and witnessed all the events. I'm not a big history buff but I am enjoying reading it as well.
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By Louise M. DAVIES on December 10, 2013
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I thought Ms McWilliams research and writing was excellent and provided information that I had not previously read about Annapolis! I was delighted with excellent condition of the book. It was like new.
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By M H on December 4, 2011
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It is the size of a text book. It is a little difficult to follow at first, but it gives a great detailed look at Annapolis history. I think its a must read for anyone interested on the topic.
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By Mary Hayden on July 14, 2011
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Service was great. Since I live in Annapolis, it was so interesting in finding out all the history that I didn't know before.
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