Recently Announced: Give Me a Fast Ship has won the Commodore Barry Book Award for Naval Literature, presented by the Navy League of the United States, New York Council. McGrath is the first author to win this honor twice.
In 2015, Give Me a Fast Ship won the Marion Brewington Award for Naval Literature (sponsored by the Maryland Historical Society), the Military Order of St. Louis, and the American Revolution Round Table of New York Book of the Year Award. It was also named a finalist for the 2015 RADMR Samuel Eliot Morison Award for Naval Literature.
The Navy League of the United States, New York Council, named John Barry: an American Hero in the Age of Sail, as the first recipient of the Commodore Barry Book Award for Maritime Literature. The book was also awarded the American Revolutionary War Roundtable Book of the Year for 2010, and named a finalist for the 2011 RADMR Samuel Eliot Morison for Naval Literature.
Tim McGrath (BA History, Temple University '74) is a business executive who lives outside of Philadelphia. He has served on the board of directors of Independence Seaport Museum, Fort Mifflin on the Delaware, New Courtland Elder Services, the Kearsley Retirement Community (founded by Benjamin Franklin's physician), Philadelphia Senior Centers, and Christ Church Hospital. His many interests, including tennis, horseback riding, and sailing, are limited only by creaking knees and a fickle rotator cuff.
Over the years he has written articles on management, U.S. history, and healthcare issues for various newspapers and magazines. With his son, Ted (an award-winning freelance illustrator), he wrote Travels with the Commodore, a children's book published for the Philadelphia Port Authority's community reading program. Despite his terrible typing, he's at work on a new biography on James Monroe for NAL/Penguin Books.