Without elaboration, the book is simply a diary without interesting insight into what the mission to Anarctica really was intended to accomplish for the U.S. or the international context in which it was undertaken. The diary does have some amusing descriptions of life for an inexperienced, young sailor who wasn't curious about much beyond his everyday duties. Care should be taken to ensure that all abbreviations are spelled out (what is a PBM?), that those appearing in pictures should be identified (to the extent possible, of course)and what they were doing. (See pages 7, 18, 19, 50, 64,and 87.) On page 20, the naval tradition involving crossing the equator should be explained (using footnotes?)to provide context, and it should be stated whether Miller got the certificate. Other minor points are: what is an AV (footnote?) and terms of jargon should be explained, including those weather research related and those of general Navy lingo (more footnotes?). The "war" wasn't mentioned until page 57, so some context should be provided about that as well.
I enjoyed reading the diary. It might serve as a good basis for a movie script about that period of Anarctic exploration, the reasons the U.S. was involved, what its participation meant in terms of the cold war, and how the U.S. interacted with other nations trying to extablish similar research stations. It's a part of post WW-II history that might be an intersting story for a movie about an area of the world most of us know little about. But what the U.S.S. Pine Island was doing was an important part of the overall objective, it seems to me, so a publicly available copy of the diary is a good thing.
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