Great new book about USMMA


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Jun 9, 2006

About half way through reading this wonderful new book about the history of KP & Merchant Mariners. Really disturbing to read about how our WWII Merchant Mariners were treated. That part boiled my blood a bit. The book follows the history from KP's beginnings and all the struggles to today. Anyone interested in applying to the Academy should consider this book!
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So I just finished reading this book. It was quite funny as I went to the local Barnes and asked where it was and the lady took me right to it saying that someone had been in just the day before asking for it as well.

This is definately a good read for anybody; however, I would highly recommend checking a copy out from the library to any potential candidate. For the potential candidates I would at least read some of the later chapters about the history of the school from the 80's through today. You will get a glimpse of what life will be like. You will also get a glimpse of what struggles the school has gone through.

One area that I thought the book hit upon nicely was the alumni support of the school. Kings Point alumni are some of the most loyal alumni I have ever been around and support the school in many ways that not even I as a fellow alumni could understand. Not only is it monetary support, but also political support, and also support by performing well in ones industry and making friends in high places.

A few people in the book deserve special recognition and to me those are Pete Racket and Milt Nottingham. Both are ardent supporters of the school and I have a feeling we may not be in the same position we are today without these two outstanding alumni.
A relative who is a USMMA alum got my son a signed copy from the author when he visited the academy. He is hoping that it may help sway him toward Kings Point.

After he read the first two chapters, I think his eyes were opened a little wider to the opportunitie$ that await a KP graduate. :wink: